List of shortages
Walmart in my town has almost empty aisles for their summer tennis shoes. The clerk said they sell the shoes as fast as they are stocked, and there is no back stock to put out.
Care to elaborate? In what way are you seeing a shortage of cash? (Your own cash?)
I work as a server at a restaurant. Last weekend, the owner could not pay out our tips (in cash) on Sat or Sunday evening because he didn’t have enough cash come in. He said he has never seen such a high percentage of people pay with credit cards before.
I just returned from a stock up trip to the Walmart Super Centre. I do not normally shop there, trying to instead support more local businesses, but the much lower prices for toiletries and health products sees me go there maybe twice a year to replenish the deep pantry.
Stock outs and & really thin inventory I noticed: band-aids & gauze of all sizes & first aid tape – no ‘brand name’ Band-Aids at all. Polysporin [got the last 2 tubes] & hydrogen peroxide, antacids & sleep aid. Multi-packs of men’s cotton t-shirts (undershirts-good for lightweight work shirts) – almost zero inventory.
It seemed to me that a lot of dry goods shelves were not nearly as full as they normally are. Definitely worth paying attention to!
Just walked into a 7Eleven for some gedunk. The roller rack was cleaned out, the candy aisle was at about 75% about 1 in 10 inventory spots were empty, another 10% were running short.
To the untrained eye, it looked fully stocked, but I was primed to look. 7Eleven is one of the most flexible businesses out there and the shortages were obvious.
Safeway too. About 75% inventory on fresh produce. Holes in inventory about every 10th item.
Something is very much amiss…
I was in a store that supplies sprinkler and irrigation parts, pipes, etc. Asked if they were experiencing shortages. “Yep – mostly pipe.” Then he said anything petroleum based, ie plastic goods, was in short supply.
Norfolk Broads, holiday destination for boats, campers in England.
Impossible to find supplies of Calor Gas (bottled gas for cooking on boats, caravans etc). Seems even the regular supplies for builders have been hit, which seems strange. Some waffle about the gas bottles – you have to take one in to exchange for a full one – having been sent abroad.
Revenge of the Hoarders ?
Anybody want to buy 1000 Walmart plastic bread bags ?
Bicycles and all related parts.
…Some waits are getting extreme. Mr. Cogger said lead times for entry-level suspension forks – used in mountain bikes priced from $500 to $1,500 – have swelled to about 550 days at the Taiwanese company that dominates the market. Under normal circumstances, lead times of 60 to 90 days are typical for parts suppliers.
To cope, Rocky Mountain has already preordered everything it needs for its 2023 bike models and needs to place their 2024 orders soon, Mr. Cogger said.
“It’s not just long lead times that have ramifications,” he said. “The other [one] is constant price adjustments on the up. Everyone’s increasing their costs.”
Costs of materials – including carbon fibre, aluminum and rubber – have soared over the past year, a reflection of supply shocks and the insatiable demand for all sorts of consumer goods.
Transportation costs have also exploded. Freight rates have jumped 300 per cent over the past year, according to an index of eight major routes from Drewry, a maritime consultancy. …