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PA IN THE MEDIA

Snarled shipping lanes could mean empty shelves come holiday shopping time

PA Consulting’s US manufacturing lead Shanton Wilcox explains how the tangled supply chain will impact holiday shopping this season. 

Click here to read the full New York Post article

The article notes that a perfect storm of events around the globe is leading to snarled shipping lanes on the high seas — and could mean coal in the stocking this Christmas.

Pandemic lockdowns, followed by  a burst of demand once things have opened up — along with labor shortages and extreme weather events —  have all combined to wallop the global supply lines of everything from food and fashion to drinks and diapers.

Toughest goods to get

Shanton says: Anything that has a computer chip, including cars, electronics like video game consoles and appliances will continue to be difficult to purchase in the US. There will also be out-of-stock issues with apparel due to plant shutdowns and logjams at ports, which is stranding a lot of goods on idling cargo ships.

He adds: "These items won’t be discounted as much if at all on Black Friday and during the holiday season.”

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