I don't mean to sound like a crass material-craving American, but for over a year now everything we need for our house is either "out of stock" or months in the making. The refrigerator ordered in December, made in the U.S., arrived just last Thursday. Home Depot, the king of shitty, poorly made crap shows nearly every item online as "unavailable for pick-up or delivery". Just this morning I was trying to order some cheap ass replacement cushions for my patio sofa and two chairs. Just normal crap you would want to pick up in the summertime. Nothing. It's all "out of stock" or "unavailable". Whole Foods, constantly out of this or that. Out local WF has really gone to shit. Nasty bathrooms, increasingly empty shelves. Recently tried to order some basic Hanes tees that I wear under my shirts for work. I ordered from two websites. Both came back a week later, refunded my order and told me they were "unavailable". Add this to the constant, every-where-you-go excuse of "Oh sorry, we're just so busy because of COVID", or, "we close early/don't have that/can't do that because of COVID" nonsense, and none of it really adds up. Is this all due to a global supply chain issue or has something greatly shifted that they aren't telling us? People started buying more during COVID, but it's been over a fucking year now and things aren't normal . :-(
Datalounge - what in the FUCK is going on with EVERYTHING being out of stock or unavailable?
|by Anonymous||reply 132||September 22, 2021 1:19 AM|
New knee pads are the rage now that things are opening up.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||June 9, 2021 4:12 PM|
I haven't had this problem, everything I ordered has arrived, only one thing was late. I also haven't bought toilet paper since I hoarded last year.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||June 9, 2021 4:15 PM|
The retailers of the world have decided they're just not that into you OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||June 9, 2021 4:15 PM|
In the 90s, business school taught the gospel of “just in time” inventory. Like businesses saving money for a rainy day, the idea of preparing for downturns was wiped off the map. Capitalism encourages short term gains or long term planning. Don’t think anyone cares about you, the customer. Businesses pay less tax, run out of money then file bankruptcy and walk away and have no responsibility to society. Yet they are running our lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||June 9, 2021 4:17 PM|
Watch this excellent video, OP. It explains it well.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||June 9, 2021 4:21 PM|
Didnt covid stall out production?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||June 9, 2021 4:23 PM|
Why would people still shit in public bathroom these days? It's just too disgusting for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||June 9, 2021 4:23 PM|
I can’t say I have waited for months OP but I have noticed things take longer to receive or cost much more and I live in a large metropolitan city where I was used to getting Amazon delivery in a few hours.
My stove broke a few weeks ago and I had few choices for a slide in and ended up buying what was in stock for delivery which took a week in comparison with the past where I had lots of appliances to choose from and delivered at most within 48 hours.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||June 9, 2021 4:25 PM|
I hear you OP - I've seen the same thing.
Even Target doesn't keep their shelves stocked and are out of items for MONTHS at a time.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||June 9, 2021 4:27 PM|
My neighbor is a home builder and he's dead in the water on several projects because he can't get plywood, doors, windows, etc. Another neighbor puts metal roofs on commercial buildings and hasn't worked three out of the last six weeks because he can't get materials.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||June 9, 2021 4:33 PM|
R8, Inside Edition aired a segment last week on how customers needing appliances are buying floor models out of desperation.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||June 9, 2021 4:34 PM|
There is currently about a 60,000 deficit in truck drivers in the U.S.
I would get a CDL license if I was young, single and had no pets. Travel, good money, work independently.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||June 9, 2021 4:36 PM|
Target refuses to deliver70% of its household stock. It says “check in stores” under most anything you want to order that yiu routineky buy, like hand soap, detergent, cat food, personal items, etc. You never get a coupon for online shopping because they want you to pick it up at the store. “Get $10 coupon if you order pickup at your local store.”
|by Anonymous||reply 13||June 9, 2021 4:36 PM|
I'm circling the drain. Stock up on canned goods.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||June 9, 2021 4:38 PM|
r5 his narration is so fucking annoying though. Punchable voice
|by Anonymous||reply 15||June 9, 2021 4:38 PM|
R12, I'd have a problem remaining awake for all those hours behind the wheel.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||June 9, 2021 4:39 PM|
COVID is part of it, but I just saw an article about this somewhere.
Increasingly, big corporations are keeping leaner inventories and making customers wait. This used to only happen at furniture retailers when they needed to specially make an item. We tried to get small things at stores like Crate and Barrel, CB2, West Elm etc and they are all on backorder until year end.
But yeah, it's a thing. One more thing to make shareholders money and fuck over regular people.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||June 9, 2021 4:40 PM|
[quote] My neighbor is a home builder and he's dead in the water on several projects because he can't get plywood, doors, windows, etc.
We tried to get a new front door a few months ago and were asking about options and they said, just so you know, anything ordered now arrives in January.
We gave up.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||June 9, 2021 4:41 PM|
[quote]We tried to get small things at stores like Crate and Barrel, CB2, West Elm etc and they are all on backorder until year end.
Yes, a friend of mine ordered a living room couch and chair at a local furniture retailer last month and the lead time is 10 months.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||June 9, 2021 4:43 PM|
There are definite shortages of materials and construction workers where I live but mostly it's from the three major wildfires since 2017 destroying thousands of homes and buildings.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||June 9, 2021 4:44 PM|
I’ve noticed this too, OP. I can only order my dog food online because Petco and Petsmart are out if it in store. it’s in stock nowhere and it’s not some fancy brand. Six months I’ve been waiting for a pillow to be in stock because the In Stock date keeps being pushed out.
So many things like picture frames, towels—many items I’ve wanted to order are always out of stock. It was not like this pre-COVID and it’s frustrating as hell. Sometimes it’s just basic stuff I can’t get. I’m tired of it.
The two hardest items to secure before they’re out of stock again? Low fat, organic yogurt other than plain or vanilla and Kashi 7 grain waffles. Getting these two items is like a lottery.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||June 9, 2021 4:47 PM|
I occasionally enjoy a diet soda, one that is not one of the handful of major brands/names, and it is almost never in stock.
I understood it at the height of the pandemic, but I think now we're going to see many brands discontinued. Companies can just hide behind the pandemic.
This goes along with the constant raise the price/shrink the package stuff, and how so many clothing items are getting more and more poorly constructed. (Something happened with men's underwear a few years ago where literally every brand changed their design or materials, both main material and waistband, and it's noticeable.)
|by Anonymous||reply 22||June 9, 2021 4:51 PM|
r21, it's SUPER easy to make your own low fat yogurt- I make my dog a half gallon of it every week. I don't know if that's something you'd be interested in but maybe if you continue to have issues?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||June 9, 2021 4:55 PM|
Strangely, I can’t get catfish right now. I had an out of town guest who wanted it for a meal. One restaurant chain completely took it off the menu and said it would be at least September before it was available. Couldn’t find any at grocery stores, either.
I know it’s not a huge thing, and I won’t miss it, I just found it odd. Also, many restaurants are unable to meet the demand for chicken wings and have taken them off the menu
|by Anonymous||reply 24||June 9, 2021 4:55 PM|
[quote]I would get a CDL license if I was young, single and had no pets. Travel, good money, work independently...
...truck stop blowjobs.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||June 9, 2021 4:57 PM|
We ordered a new bed in March and had to wait six weeks for delivery. Slumberland said it was because of the cold snap in Texas and something about a plant being behind on making foam. We also looked at a chair and table and both would have been a six month wait. The reason for that was simply being behind because of Covid.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||June 9, 2021 5:04 PM|
My stereo receiver died last fall. I immediately researched new models and chose two that would be acceptable. Nobody anywhere had either of them available and had no idea when they may become available again. By the end of 2020, I gave up and stopped looking, thinking I'd just wait it out. I think it's about time to start looking around again. On the other hand, if I were willing or able to spend $4,000+ for a receiver, I could get one of those right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||June 9, 2021 5:15 PM|
I can't find Lee Press-Ons.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||June 9, 2021 5:19 PM|
one of the reasons is that thousands of Chinese companies went bankrupt during the pandemic. There will be a lot of things that are never coming back.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||June 9, 2021 5:29 PM|
The bottom line of R5's posted video is that the supply chain was disrupted by the confluence of a recession ending in Asia just as Covid halted everything in the West, but since I couldn't stomach the slow pace of that video (which goes to the weakness of presenting such data in a video format — good for slow people, frustrating for those who developed critical thinking skills and the ability to quickly skim pertinent points to glean the relevant facts) I don't know if they got to the root cause of the issue, which is pretty simply: Trump fucked us. Not trying to devolve the thread into just blaming Trump, but the issues were all there from the beginning (that is, the actual beginning of the pandemic at the end of 2019) and Trump neither acted nor reacted, and due to his outsized influence on "the party of business," they sat on their hands afraid to offend the great orange one by pointing out and working on basic facts.
To wit, as R4 points out, just in time inventory is a great system so long as the supply chain is uninterrupted. The system is built to handle (with some pain, but nevertheless...) recessionary behavior. In fact, JIT was conceived to handle recessions with less risk; it's just that no one predicted the obvious, that if there ever was a crisis, all that we'd have available would be the daily inventory waiting for Joe Consumer to push his cart down the aisle and select the item. Despite that we've seen scarcity and shortages on specific goods since JIT supply chain economics became a thing (remember the shortage of Cabbage Patch Kids in the 80s?), business assumed that government would be there, be responsible, and could and would handle a preventable crisis. Then we elected the least experienced, bankruptcy-laden and poorest billionaire imaginable, who then proceeded to hollow out government at a pace unlike any time in history, leaving is without leadership, experience, and experts capable of mitigating the crisis. It's an overused cliché, but business schools will be studying the period between January 2017 and June 2021 for the next 50 years to figure out how we went from a thriving expanding economy to one plagued by shortages, scarcity and inflation.
The next time you hear someone bitch about Democrats abandoning working people in favor or business interests, keep the pandemic and the resultant impacts we're facing in mind because getting the products into working people's hands when they need them is dependent on business interests doing their jobs. Without leadership and a strong Federal government, business is not going to risk profits for any reason. It took electing Biden to motivate business to solve the problems; for example, despite the obvious free money Trump threw at them with the failed Operation Warp Speed, Merck didn't voluntarily agree to help Johnson and Johnson produce a vaccine. It was Biden suggesting either they worked together or the Federal government would deploy the Defense Production Act, seize the assets and personnel, and do it for them.
It's the same story told over and over since the end of World War II: Democrats build things up, Republicans tear them down. That a worldwide crisis happened under a GOP-controlled US government just compounded the tragedy, misery and pain.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||June 9, 2021 6:02 PM|
[quote]but since I couldn't stomach the slow pace of that video
Much as I felt about the verbosity of your post r30.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||June 9, 2021 6:24 PM|
If there was ever a "you type fat" moment, that was it.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||June 9, 2021 6:53 PM|
Here's a hint for you, 30. YouTube allows you to adjust playback speed so you can listen faster if you want. Click the gear-shaped Settings link to find it. I'm afraid it can't help more with your ADD.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||June 9, 2021 7:16 PM|
Welcome to New Russia.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||June 9, 2021 7:19 PM|
I don't know where you people are living. How much more crap do you need? I keep buying crap because it's cheap or whatever but I don't need more crap. If something breaks you can usually get one on craigslist or ebay. We got a dvd player for $2.99 at Goodwill. The only thing I have a problem getting is specific flavors of cat food. I assume it's because everybody's cats like the same flavors and the stores and cat food companies haven't caught on yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||June 9, 2021 8:14 PM|
Calm down, R35. Items such as furniture and mattresses which need replacing, are considered necessities, not crap. As for previously owned furniture and electronics, bedding and upholstered furniture are best purchased new.
Much of Craigslist's current offerings are from people getting rid of their poorly-maintained belongings at ridiculously inflated prices; yes, they are price-gouging in response to the shortages.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||June 9, 2021 9:24 PM|
I have to buy our cat's Fancy Feast online now from Chewy.com It's close to the store price and free delivery in a couple days. Stores don't have it.
I received 3 cases today and noticed it's made in Thailand.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||June 9, 2021 10:40 PM|
Starbucks hit hard
|by Anonymous||reply 38||June 9, 2021 10:59 PM|
R38 Fat Whores Recoil!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||June 10, 2021 12:34 AM|
Sounds like a lot of work r39.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||June 10, 2021 8:31 AM|
Shipping container shortages.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||June 10, 2021 8:45 AM|
[quote] remember the shortage of Cabbage Patch Kids in the 80s?
Not a good example. The Cabbage Patch Kids shortage was because buyers did not order the dolls at Toy Fair. The dolls were considered ugly, and buyers did not place orders. Coleco produced dolls based on the Toy Fair orders. When the commercial hit in November, kids went crazy. Nobody was prepared for the success of the dolls.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||June 10, 2021 8:58 AM|
R12, my friend's barber quit to become a truck driver
|by Anonymous||reply 43||June 10, 2021 9:01 AM|
I’ve noticed at my local Walmart they have been out of lots of shit the past few weeks and lots of empty shelves. Everything had been normal until recently.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 1, 2021 9:22 PM|
Who, in this scenario, has a big dick?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||September 1, 2021 10:00 PM|
Maybe the everything on demand life is over for us. If you want something, you have to wait a bit. You might not be able to reliably get all 50 items you want at your supermarket the day you go there. There's a lot of waste and overproduction that goes into 100% availability all of the time. When the economy contracts, as it inevitably will at some point in the next 1-10 years, things will be more available.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||September 1, 2021 11:12 PM|
My washing machine (came with the house when I bought it) started making funny noises a couple weeks ago. I googled the model number, and it is from 1986 (the year the house was built)! I am shocked that it lasted this long. I have only been in this house for 3 years. In any case, I have ordered TWO sets from Costco that have been cancelled right before delivery. I just placed a third order, and customer service assures me that this one will stick. Such a pain in the ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 1, 2021 11:19 PM|
[R46], your post makes a lot of sense. Things have changed, maybe not forever, but one gets used to things as they are. Thank Christ the books I order on abe are always here in a reasonable amount of time.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||September 1, 2021 11:21 PM|
Op: wah wah a spoiled American has spoken! I want what I want and I want it now!
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 1, 2021 11:24 PM|
Whole Foods= planned obsolescence= customers order everything through the Amazon portal.
I gave up on WF, pre-pandemic.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 1, 2021 11:29 PM|
I'm an American and I want my cheap crap, yesterday.
Still won't use Amazon.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 1, 2021 11:32 PM|
R49 and R51, kindly fuck yourselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 1, 2021 11:36 PM|
Where do folks live that are having supply and delivery issues? I am in Phoenix and the stores seem full. Yesterday went in a Target and saw a bunch of empty shelves, and thought oh no. But the employees said they were making room for the Christmas crap. My partner has been ordering furniture and it’s been coming in on time and about same timeframe as pre Covid - a few weeks.
The refrigerator has been making noises so I think it is time to replace so looking to take advantage of Costco’s LG Labor Day sale. The noted wait time is 2 weeks. After I order Hoping not to be like an upstream response who said his/her/its order was postponed or canceled.
Family and friends in California (Northern and Southern) and Western Nevada also haven’t noticed any issues with stock or availability. Maybe the further you are from the west coast ports it becomes more noticeable.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 1, 2021 11:48 PM|
Saw some empty shelves in the Gatorade aisle today at my local Tom Thumb (Safeway), but they were in the middle of restocking everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 1, 2021 11:52 PM|
Meh. I stay on WISH.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 1, 2021 11:53 PM|
A stereo receiver? Go to the Goodwill. They have tons of that stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 1, 2021 11:58 PM|
Sounds good ta me.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||September 2, 2021 12:01 AM|
I am waiting for some items that I ordered back in May. There was supposed to be a delay until June but now it’s September. I’m just going to ask for my money to be reimbursed before I start filing complaints with the Better Business Bureau.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||September 2, 2021 12:28 AM|
R54 - Gatorade shelves bare here in FL as well. Is that something paranoid "preppers" have monopolized?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 2, 2021 12:47 AM|
It's been a long, hot summer, R59.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 2, 2021 1:01 AM|
Kroger was out of Braunschweiger (liverwurst). What am I supposed to wrap Fluffy’s dog pills in now?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 2, 2021 1:12 AM|
Known to clear a dive bar (or supermarket shelf) faster than you can say "WTF!!??"
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 2, 2021 1:13 AM|
I just went to get St Germain elderflower liquor. They were stocked out because of high demand low supply due to Covid. It simple is not civilized.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 2, 2021 1:16 AM|
OP, All the stuff you need are on container ships stuck off the California coast.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||September 2, 2021 1:27 AM|
I can’t get my poop medicine because there is a shortage of inulin. Yes I know….TMI….
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 2, 2021 1:29 AM|
Need my stuff, this will not do.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||September 2, 2021 1:33 AM|
The Walmart in town always has low stock or no stock in the grocery section. Oddly, the 2 other grocery stores in town are not as affected by shortages.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||September 2, 2021 1:45 AM|
i haven't been able to buy fancy feast in weeks. my cats need their food!
|by Anonymous||reply 68||September 2, 2021 2:03 AM|
[quote]Gatorade shelves bare here in FL as well. Is that something paranoid "preppers" have monopolized?
R59, I think it may be that many people in our states (TX & FL) are sick and using Gatorade to replenish electrolytes.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||September 2, 2021 2:26 AM|
you guys better stock up and stuff you need and if you need to send packages for xmas etc, better start packing and mailing them.
Last year, I sent a box of xmas gifts to UK in early Dec, the box didn't arrive until march. Everybody was sending packages and the post office was swamped.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||September 2, 2021 2:48 AM|
[quote] In the 90s, business school taught the gospel of “just in time” inventory. Like businesses saving money for a rainy day, the idea of preparing for downturns was wiped off the map. Capitalism encourages short term gains or long term planning.
Yes, Apple follows that policy. Those Chinese like to play as servants for the time being.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||September 2, 2021 2:52 AM|
[quote] I’ve noticed at my local Walmart they have been out of lots of shit
It disappears when you press the button on your toilet-cistern.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||September 2, 2021 2:56 AM|
Have you asked to speak with a Manager, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||September 2, 2021 2:57 AM|
r61, cream cheese or pub cheese. Never fails.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||September 2, 2021 2:58 AM|
R68, try chewy.com. I have a cat who will eat only one flavor, and no one has carried it for months. Chewy has it and it's cheaper than the stores and they offer free delivery.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||September 2, 2021 8:01 AM|
Can’t get the meds any longer for my dog’s collapsed trachea. No supply until further notice per the 12 pharmacies in my area. My vet is trying to work with a compounding pharmacy to help the 30-40 dog patients get their meds monthly. What a pain in the ass!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||September 2, 2021 11:01 AM|
Okay, tell me what you are looking for, and I will tell you where to find it.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||September 5, 2021 1:36 AM|
GM announced this week that they are suspending production due to the lack of chips needed for vehicles' computers.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||September 5, 2021 4:16 AM|
You should be boycotting whole foods OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||September 5, 2021 6:52 AM|
R76: Have you tried the Costco pharmacy?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||September 5, 2021 3:10 PM|
R80 yes and no luck - ugh!
|by Anonymous||reply 81||September 5, 2021 4:57 PM|
There is no need to consciously boycott WF, the quality slipped after the Amazon takeover.It's not worth shopping there, literally and figuratively.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||September 5, 2021 5:00 PM|
I used to shop at Whole Foods for maybe 75% of my groceries, but they became so annoying during the pandemic, I don't go at all anymore. I'm not boycotting. It's just that I realize my local chain supermarket has everything I need. I don't drive, so I do get some things delivered by Amazon, like toilet paper, paper towels, cases of Cento tomatoes, a case of De Cecco cavatappi because it had such a ridiculously low price one day and I use it all the time. But mostly I go to the local chain supermarket.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||September 5, 2021 8:36 PM|
I tell you what's unavailable right now. those at home covid tests. I've been trying to buy one but it's not available anywhere and the manager tells me that people are buying them in bulk!
|by Anonymous||reply 84||September 9, 2021 7:39 PM|
The world doesn't revolve around you, OP. Stop picking out shitty things no one wants.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 9, 2021 7:45 PM|
We ordered outdoor furniture in January. After we paid for it we were told the fabric we picked wouldn't be available until DECEMBER! We were told fabrics were not available, break in the supply chain, blah, blah, blah. Went back and selected a different fabric based on a list we asked for of all the fabrics and dates of availability. Selected one that was the earliest available, in JULY. In July we were told it was pushed back until September.
Supposedly our furniture is now on a ship somewhere and will arrive end of September. I don't expect to see any of it until the new year.
All blamed on COVID. I think COVID was an issue at one point, but now COVID is just a convenient stall tactic or explanation for inability to produce what's been ordered and paid for.
Ultimately it's first world problems. Our life will go on with the old deck furniture.
But it is part of the new new.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||September 9, 2021 11:26 PM|
Can't find the at home covid test either.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||September 9, 2021 11:42 PM|
There's been articles about this OP. Welcome to the new order: a world where the First World begins to suffer Third World shortages and delays. Get ready for a lot more of it: the world you grew up with is ending.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||September 9, 2021 11:44 PM|
Okay, I believe my sister was able to buy covid tests in Seattle, but we don't talk much. So go to Seattle for those. For the patio furniture, that's a different story. If you want it NOW you have to buy what's in stock.
Now, ask some more. What else can't you guys find?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||September 9, 2021 11:48 PM|
I read recently that there was another delay of container ship somewhere on the west coast? I can't remember, I was scanning the headlines and didn't pay much attention but definitely stock up on things you don't want to run out of.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||September 9, 2021 11:52 PM|
Shipping delays caused by full cargo ships waiting to unload along West Coast
The delays are due to continuing backups to unload cargo ships at West Coast ports, including in Seattle and Tacoma.
SEATTLE — You may not find everything you want for Christmas this year, or at least you’ll wait a bit longer to get some things, as shipping delays continue up and down the West Coast.
The delays are due to ongoing backups to unload cargo ships at West Coast ports, including the Northwest Seaport Alliance, which operates the cargo portions of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
Ships that arrive in the inland waters of Puget Sound are finding themselves anchored from seven to 10 days before they can tie up and offload, and that’s on top of delays they may have already experienced at a previous stop, such as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
“Then once they’re unloaded, there is some delay in getting onto rail cars or onto trucks, simply because every part of our system is being challenged with this large import demand that we’re seeing,” said Melanie Stambaugh with the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
The situation has been building about a year, in part because of increased demand on imports due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Retailers said they knew problems were coming, as did manufacturers. Those who could stepped up production to get products out the door in August, rather than wait for the more traditional months of September and October, when much of the rush for Christmas-related imports is in full swing.
“I think everybody is aware of the congestion problem challenging the West Coast ports,” said Stambaugh.
But it's not just Christmas merchandise that's impacted.
Greg Whittaker, who owns Mountain to Sound Outfitters in West Seattle, said the suppliers of skis, snowboards and other winter sports gear were notifying him in July that they were working on plans to get product to him on time.
Whittaker said he's expecting to have 70% of his inventory in stock for the upcoming ski season, but is concerned that as much as 30% could be delayed by an extra two or three weeks. Whittaker said those delays could be very specific, such as certain items that come in a variety of sizes, more than broad categories of products.
One issue driving the problem is that there is a shortage of containers in Asia.
Containers in the U.S. are often shipped back empty, instead of being made available to ship more U.S. exports. The Seaport Alliance said in some cases too many containers are backed up on docks and in terminals and can’t be put onto trains heading to inland distribution cities in the Midwest quickly enough. That is one reason why many ships have to lay at anchor waiting to come in.
The Seaport Alliance is expecting the situation may resolve itself around the end of 2021.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||September 9, 2021 11:54 PM|
between covid and thousands of companies going bankrupt in China there are lots of shortages. Because of the shortage on computer chips they said 2 days ago that there is going to be a huge shortage of appliances. Unfortunately I need a new stove, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and maybe a refrigerator. All my appliances except the refrigerator are from the 1990's. I am not sure how much longer I can make them last.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||September 10, 2021 12:01 AM|
R92, where are you located? We are in NJ and have been finding most of our large appliances on those websites like Offer Up or whatever. You need to have a truck though. We are cheap as hell.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||September 10, 2021 12:08 AM|
I lucked out 2 months ago and found a fridge (last one) in a Lowes after calling every single appliance and hardware store in my area. I wasnt going to buy some used piece of shit to go into the house I just bought. Even then it took 3 weeks to get it delivered .That dirty fuck we bought our house from had apparently had the one in here rigged to barely last .When it started to go out we called a repairman who showed me that it had been rigged with some part that was temporary only. He said we were lucky it lasted a month. Its crazy times we are living in.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||September 10, 2021 12:22 AM|
Gee,maybe if we still made things here like we used to this wouldnt be an issue?
|by Anonymous||reply 95||September 10, 2021 12:23 AM|
Exactly R95. It definitely wouldn't be an issue because no one would be able to afford anything made in the USA.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||September 10, 2021 12:27 AM|
We will not ever make very many things like appliances ever again. It's too expensive to pay Americans, they say, to manufacture things. They would have to pay well and give insurance, vacation etc. The poors in the world will work like animals for nothing. IT'S NEVER COMING BACK, so get used to it.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||September 10, 2021 12:35 AM|
I haven't noticed a difference
|by Anonymous||reply 98||September 10, 2021 12:35 AM|
I have complaining about this for ages. No taco sauce. No Cat Litter. No Cinnamon Rolls. Beets shortage. I have noticed a surplus of hillbillies coughing at Kroger--so plenty of coughs at most stores. . So that...
|by Anonymous||reply 99||September 10, 2021 12:43 AM|
[quote]No Cinnamon Rolls.
I got cinnamon rolls today at Panera.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||September 10, 2021 12:45 AM|
R100 = Am am talking Grocery Store Shortages.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||September 10, 2021 12:49 AM|
I finally found a covid home test kit at Walgreens but only can buy 1 per person.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||September 10, 2021 12:57 AM|
Crap, crap and MORE crap! That's all I have to say.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||September 10, 2021 12:58 AM|
Seems like a lot of stuff is stale too. Like packaged items. Bread even.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||September 10, 2021 1:08 AM|
r62, Back at you.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||September 10, 2021 1:16 AM|
Eventually, quite a bit of foriegn manufacturing will be shifted back as robotic and 3-D printed manufacturing becomes more common. Case in point, Tesla which is building huge robotic factories in the US, Europe and Asia precisely to minimize shipping, tariffs, and shortages.
Affordable 3-D printing will also allow for manufacturing of smaller goods locally.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||September 10, 2021 1:17 AM|
Everything seems to take longer here in the UK also.
With the exception of Covid test kits (which are Free). They just keep sending them randomly without request, we have about 15 each currently.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||September 10, 2021 1:23 AM|
R102 = Covid tests are free at the library. In Ohio you just go and they will give you a box of Covid Home Test. I thought it was a national thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||September 10, 2021 3:16 AM|
The shortages of consumer goods might be PERMANENT.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||September 12, 2021 2:50 AM|
It’s time to bring back businesses down to the mom and pop level and that goes for supply chains too.
Now would be a good time to start.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||September 12, 2021 3:03 AM|
they went through brexit, then they have global Covid pandemic. Even with just Brexit, Britain would have this problem. Too bad the Tories fucked over there own people and did what the Russian Oligarchy wanted instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||September 12, 2021 3:45 AM|
This was going on before the Pandemic, just not on this level. The Government and the stores are not going to panic people and use the words "food shortage" but when you see an empty shelf at the store, that is by definition what food shortage is. Also part of this is Food Stamps were increased 18 months ago for millions so that is also contributing to a shortage.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||September 12, 2021 4:02 AM|
Look for this to get worse as President Mr. Magoo's vaccine mandates take effect. Those truckers will get their choice of where to prioritize delivery of goods to, and it won't be places that look down their noses at them and call them deplorable and other such names.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||September 12, 2021 4:11 AM|
Eat. Paste. R113
|by Anonymous||reply 114||September 12, 2021 4:57 AM|
[quote]Look for this to get worse as President Mr. Magoo's vaccine mandates take effect. Those truckers will get their choice of where to prioritize delivery of goods to, and it won't be places that look down their noses at them and call them deplorable and other such names.
I was in Target in Lower Manhattan today and there was ZERO paper towels or toilet paper on the shelves.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||September 12, 2021 5:01 AM|
Pestilence? Check....Famine is next, but not for the rich. There is a reason BILLIONAIRES are desperately trying to get off Earth.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||September 12, 2021 7:03 AM|
Manhattan Target stores are the worst. Empty shelves in every department.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||September 12, 2021 8:36 AM|
No empty shelves by me , just fewer choices in some aisles (soda, canned tomatoes, condiments)
|by Anonymous||reply 118||September 12, 2021 3:58 PM|
Haha poor Britain, the empire has falling again. You wanted out and now you're out, deal with it. Bleached salmonella infested chicken coming to a Tesco near you! This link was from CNN.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||September 12, 2021 4:05 PM|
Two weekends ago we were in Lancaster county, PA. Fields of corn everywhere. I'm not that afraid of going hungry.
That's one thing about the USA: There is food everywhere!
|by Anonymous||reply 120||September 14, 2021 12:22 AM|
R120, Good to know.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||September 14, 2021 1:11 AM|
R120- Yes, the USA has food all over. But is it for direct human consumption. Is that corn in Pennsylvania for human consumption or is it for animals that humans then eat. The Midwest and Plains are full of food for animals but most isn’t meant for people to eat.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||September 15, 2021 9:12 PM|
I cannot find push pop any where in stores, I will have to order online. They are for my nephews and nieces.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||September 16, 2021 7:08 PM|
Inexpensive men’s masturbation sleeves are almost impossible to find at reasonable prices online right now. It’s such a common toy but it’s so hard to find right now. I want one with a closed end, which makes it even harder (most are just open sleeves, with holes on both ends).
|by Anonymous||reply 124||September 16, 2021 7:13 PM|
Can you use food stamps on toilet paper? And paper towels? I don’t think so.
Truckers have no say where they make deliveries.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||September 16, 2021 7:28 PM|
R125, No, but in Massachusetts you can use food stamps to purchase a birthday cake, provided at least 50% of the cake is edible and not decorative.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||September 16, 2021 8:29 PM|
I just heard some kids talking today about how they can't get chicken tenders at Dairy Queen or KFC right now. They took them off the menu because of a chicken shortage.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||September 16, 2021 10:45 PM|
I think I saw push pops at Five Below.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||September 17, 2021 3:22 AM|
It's only getting worse.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||September 21, 2021 8:52 PM|
A recliner I ordered six months ago is being delivered this Thursday.
I have never waited six months for any piece of furniture.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||September 21, 2021 9:01 PM|
Where do you people live? Sylhet, Bangladesh?
The last time Walmart was out of anything I needed was 16 months ago and that was bleach.
Walmart, Dollar General and my local grocery store has everything I have needed since May 2020.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||September 21, 2021 9:18 PM|
Boar's Head deli products are suddenly unavailable in Massachusetts and I'm assuming elsewhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||September 22, 2021 1:19 AM|