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Worried about delivery delays? Here’s what you need to know this Christmas time

Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF) – Bottlenecks. Shortages. Arrears.

Words that are becoming increasingly common as a supply chain crisis hits America at the worst possible time.

You’ve seen the images on social media of empty store shelves, even for basic items like bread and toilet paper.

So where did all this come from?

An economist says a big factor is the federal budget deficit, which increases demand to the point where suppliers simply cannot manage it.

So you start to see bottlenecks here and there. It could be a port, it could be truckers, it could be anything.

Juan Jauregui, Associate Professor of Economics, Franciscan University

And worse yet, these shortages create even more shortages.

Goods are flying off the shelves because it is not clear whether they will be there when people need them.

This also applies to businesses, which often order things they don’t even need.

If you are a buyer or a manager in a business, you buy everything you can because you don’t know if you will need it next month.

Juan Jauregui, Associate Professor of Economics, Franciscan University

Add to that the ongoing labor shortage and you’ve got a messy market that won’t fix overnight.

It’s a problem for business owners like Jonathan Napier of Nail City Record, who ships vinyls all over the world.

He says the COVID situation and the economy have kept him from getting his products to other parts of the world for months.

The cost of shipping, even a flat, lightweight disc, is also increasing.

There haven’t been many ways to reduce our shipments
costs, unfortunately this is factored into the cost of the product.

Jonathan Napier, Nail City Record, Wheeling

As for timing, he says the sooner the better with your online orders.

The internet sales boom is still going on, so keep in mind that you will be competing with other customers for shipping speed.

As we approach the holidays, we really recommend that people start anticipating delays, trying to get everything shipped by the first week of December if possible.

Jonathan Napier, Nail City Record, Wheeling

Napier says buying in person is always strong in the Friendly City, so keep in mind that you have options to buy.

And don’t dwell too much on shortages – we’ve seen them before, and a few late shipping trucks never stopped Christmas from coming.

Each of the bottlenecks will be taken care of. But it takes time.

Juan Jauregui, Associate Professor of Economics, Franciscan University


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