TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — From household items to work supplies, many people are experiencing the affects of supply chain issues.
For Heather Wolf, owner of Willow Gift and Home, shortages have already affected how she prepares for the holidays.
“With our Christmas decorations typically surprisingly we have all of our Christmas decorations in store by the end of August and right now we’re still hanging at about 50 percent waiting for the rest of it to come into the store,” explained Wolf.
COVID has caused many issues over the last year and a half including labor shortages.
“In many parts of the world where supply chains, where the products actually start out, there in countries that don’t have access to as many vaccines as we do and so you have COVID that affects capacity’s and the ability to ship,” said Indiana University professor and MBA chair Kyle Cattani.
Whether it is Christmas gifts that go under the tree or everyday necessities these problems have begun to hit home in many areas.
“The U.S. has a big consumer focus. Therefore you see those shortages in the form of electronics,” Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya, associate professor of supply chain management and executive director of graduate programs of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University said. ‘”That have also affected the car industry. You can hear from multiple dealerships that this is the least that they can ever imagine of cars sitting on their lot. They can’t produce. What do they do?”
Even when ships are ready to offload at their destination, many have to wait which further slows the process.
“If you look at the charts now of what’s sitting off the coast, the west coast waiting to dock, it’s unbelievable the number of ships out there,” Wolf said. “There’s a shortages of dock workers to unload the ships. There’s a shortage of truckers to move their goods.”