IU expert: Supply chain issues to have big impact on holiday shopping

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Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:03 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A supply chain crunch that is having an effect from grocery stores to new car dealerships will also make the holiday shopping season a big challenge, a professor at Indiana University says.

The issues stem from a number of factors, including raw materials scarcity, bottlenecks at U.S. ports and open positions across the employment spectrum.

Changes to shopping habits during the pandemic have also played a big role.

“Unfortunately, many items that people want to buy for the holiday season are in short supply,” explained Amrou Awaysheh, the Executive Director of the Indiana University Sustainability Lab. “We’re seeing long lead times of 3 or 4 months for electronic products because of the semiconductor shortage. Plus, customers may not be able to find a specific color or configuration of an item they’re looking for, or the item they really want might not be stocked or might not be available until the new year.”

The impact is already showing up in the ledgers of major corporations.

Apple recently reported a $6 billion impact on revenue due to supply chain issues.

The supply chain concern is coupled with an anticipated slow-down in shipping this season, creating what may be a 1-2 punch for any shopping procrastinators.

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