BEIJING, China -- The record-breaking, 60-mile long traffic jam that clogged a major expressway in China for more than a week, had little or no impact on bulk vending supply chains.
Industry sources said National Expressway 110, known as the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, which runs between Beijing and the Inner Mongolia, bypasses the major centers of production for bulk vendibles, which are primarily located to the west.
The congestion, which was reportedly caused by road repair, vanished as quickly as it formed after 11 days on Aug. 26.
Although China is planning to spend an estimated $11.8 billion on infrastructure this year, experts in the transportation field fear that may not be enough to keep up with the country's booming economy. Similar but smaller traffic jams have been reported in other parts of the country with distressing regularity.
It is not uncommon for traffic to halt in congestion that can last from a few hours to several days. The situation is unlikely to improve any time soon. According to the The Economist, China zoomed ahead of the U.S. last year as the world's largest car market, and Beijing jumped to the top of IBM's 2010 Commuter Pain Survey