Shipping containers are stacked in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 13. The Biden administration is making a concerted effort to relieve the supply chain nightmare that has been causing sticker shock, leaving store shelves empty and creating lengthy shipping delays. The centerpiece of the plan is a "90-day sprint" aimed at unclogging port congestion. The Port of Los Angeles, one of the most congested ports on the planet, is moving to 24/7 operations.
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The week in 33 photos

Updated 6:57 PM ET, Thu October 14, 2021

Shipping containers are stacked in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 13. The Biden administration is making a concerted effort to relieve the supply chain nightmare that has been causing sticker shock, leaving store shelves empty and creating lengthy shipping delays. The centerpiece of the plan is a "90-day sprint" aimed at unclogging port congestion. The Port of Los Angeles, one of the most congested ports on the planet, is moving to 24/7 operations.
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A supply chain crisis has led to shipping delays and higher prices for consumers, threatening to slow down the world's economic recovery.

Around the world, ports are congested as a result of the rapid rebound in demand for commodities and goods. But the nightmare goes well beyond a traffic jam of container ships. It also includes a worldwide shortage in truck drivers, trucks, computer chips and other components — as well as the hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck at sea due to countries having different rules during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was one of the biggest stories this week as the Biden administration announced steps to help alleviate bottlenecks in the United States.

Here are other stories that made headlines from October 7-14, as well as some photos that just caught our eye.