The Federal Trade Commission said on Monday that it is ordering nine major retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of consumer goods to provide data to help it investigate the causes of the ongoing supply chain disruptions and their impact.
The agency said in a statement. that under part of the FTC Act, it has sent orders to Walmart Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Kroger Co., C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., McLane Co. Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. ., Tyson Foods Inc. and Kraft Heinz Co., giving them 45 days to respond.
FTC Chairman Lina M. Khan said in a statement, "Supply chain disruptions increase the supply and delivery of a wide range of goods, "and she hopes the study" will shed light on market conditions and business practices that may have exacerbated these disruptions or led to asymmetric effects. "
The FTC said in a statement that the study will examine whether supply chain disruptions lead to specific bottlenecks, shortcomings and anti-competitive practices, or contribute to rising prices.
Orders require companies to specify the primary factors behind supply chain disruptions, as well as provide internal documents on the issue.