Supply, labor shortage impacting local stores



FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Have you been to stores lately to find the items you want are not in stock?

The coronavirus pandemic and the events leading up to it are apparently to blame for it.

Over the past two years, the purchasing staff at 3 Rivers Natural Grocery have been forced to find other brands to help keep the shelves as stocked as possible.

“There are products that are starting to become available, but every time we go to order something maybe from a company that we order more infrequently than others, we realize that that company just passed away, ”said Heather Grady.

In spring 2020, the cooperative experienced a 40% out-of-stock rate among its suppliers.

This now stands at around 25%.

“Now it’s a combination of access to the goods but also access to the packaging. And then once these things are packed, we get them to us,” she said.

Over the past two years, the purchasing staff at 3 Rivers Natural Grocery have been forced to find other brands to help keep the shelves as stocked as possible.

Grady says a few coolers in the store need to be replaced as well.

“There have been labor shortages in the places where they are made, and where we would have waited maybe a few weeks for a new case of cheese, we are waiting more than six months,” he said. she declared.

A PFW economics professor says supply shortages actually started under the Trump administration, when the United States and China had a tariff war, causing uncertainty in the global supply chain.

“When COVID hits, all of a sudden you have a complete erasure of the entire global economy. Everything stops,” John Kessler said.
He says the labor shortage is due to the fact that millions of people who have been made redundant and received unemployment benefits may wait for the perfect job opportunity or change careers.

He says millions more are too scared of the coronavirus to return to work, or can’t because they have to stay home with their children who may be kicked out of school for COVID reasons.

Regarding supply shortages, he says if you see something on a shelf that you might not need right now but can afford and will use later, so be it. groceries or gifts from your kids for the holidays, buy it while you can.

“There is going to be an increase in the demand for things during the holiday season, and we may not have enough products produced to meet all of that demand. So if you see it now, I would take it. “said Kessler.

He says it could take two years to restart the entire global economy.


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