FTC Seeks Information to Study Causes and Impacts of Supply-Chain Disruptions

  • The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued orders under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act to nine large retailers, wholesalers, and consumer good suppliers requiring them to provide information for a study examining recent supply-chain disruptions and the impacts on consumers and the U.S. economy.
  • The orders issued to retailers, suppliers, and wholesalers require the companies to explain the primary factors affecting the companies’ ability to obtain and distribute products as well as the impacts of supply-chain disruptions and any mitigation steps taken by the companies. The orders also require the companies to provide internal documents about strategies for handling supply-chain disruptions, including pricing, costs, and selection of suppliers, among other things.
  • The companies are required to respond to the FTC within 45 days from the date that the order was received. In addition to the orders, the FTC is also soliciting voluntary comments from retailers, consumer goods suppliers, wholesalers, and consumers regarding supply-chain issues and their impact on the consumers and markets.