Don’t let the global supply chain steal your holiday cheer this year! The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and U.S. consumers will face empty shelves and delivery delays for everything from toys and electronics to apparel and home goods. Here’s an overview of the supply chain and 10 ways you can prepare for a holiday season like none other.
The supply chain is facing three big problems:
First, there are not enough goods because factories around the globe are shutting down to protect their workers. The vaccination rollout has been uneven across countries, causing production to run behind schedule.
Second, there are not enough ships, planes and trains to ship what has been produced to the U.S., and freight costs have skyrocketed.
Third, there are not enough U.S. workers to load and unload the trucks, run the warehouses and restock the shelves once the goods make it into the country.