You may have recently noticed that some of the shelves in your local supermarket look a little empty again.
It’s a bit reminiscent of things from the beginning of the pandemic, when toilet paper and disinfectant products were available from store shelves.
The only difference this time is that it is a rash of products that are either in short supply or they can not be found anywhere. According to ctpublic.org, experts say the reasons for the recent shortcomings are numerous. Not only are retailers experiencing the same problems they did back in the spring of 2020, but now these problems are exacerbated by new challenges as the pandemic rages on, basically it’s a “perfect storm.”
The same experts also claim that the north-east is facing some of the worst shortages in the country, where winter weather plays a factor in transport routes, lack of truck drivers and even lack of supermarket staff to store shelves once orders are placed. finally get through.
Other experts say it’s a little different than it was in the spring of 2020. Instead of consumers rushing to pick up toilet paper and disinfectant products, this time it’s a supply problem. You can go to a store one day and not find specific items, so a day or two later the shelves are filled with that product. Some even call it a “just in time supply chain.”
So what is the main reason for the supply chain downturn or shortage? There are many, here is a list of variables that contribute to the shelves either being too little or not in stock at all.
- The Omicron variant
- Labor shortage
- Trucking and shipping delays
- Severe winter weather
Most consumer economists do not see that things are getting any better in the near future, or at least before the recent spread of the COVID-19 variant slows down, which doctors say can take as long as 4-6 weeks, so make up, when you can.
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