Summary

Scarce commodities, labor shortages and border closings all contribute to complicate the situation and signs suggest these concerns will linger for the foreseeable future. With such uncertainty around the ongoing availability of products, hoarding any available supplies as they appear only places additional strain on the flow of goods.

Results

As the holiday season approaches, many companies are actively recommending that consumers buy early – if they can buy at all. One certainty is that the catch-all response, common frustration and sometimes excuse that will remain in high rotation will be, ‘supply chain.’