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Joop
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OMG...

is that right ?

 

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john barry
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there ARE shortages and decreased availability of certain items Joop.....this,coupled with increasing prices, is challenging on the budget but not insurmountable


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Ed Glorius
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No. There are no shortages of goods in the grocery stores. Some items are currently more expensive until the COVID situation normalizes.

This post was modified 2 months ago by Ed Glorius

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John Kuvakas
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When we hear the word "shortages", some may envision empty shelves. That's not the case. Some items are more expensive, a few may be out at times. But most stores are well stocked and busy. 

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Chav
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There is certainly shortage of hospital beds and shortage of nurses, it is not a good time to get sick of anything ...


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Christopher Moroni
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...funny. I see empty shelves. Most stores are about 10% empty; some areas look like locust have invaded. Other areas look just fine.


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Frank Kocour
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The shortages haven't been felt yet. 

Semis sit idle as truckers are being offered a $5,000 sign up bonus coupled to a $70,000 salary, but there are not very many takers. 

Farmers can't sell what they can't get to the market and that goes for every other company who ships.

Companys with astute management who used to not warehouse things (and consequently don't have a warehouse) and purchased goods as needed are suddenly being put in the position of being out of stock for days/weeks/months at a time.  Some will go out of business because of this situation.

This is killing some restauranteurs who wait in long lines to get their food orders - only to be turned away.  Many customers only see that their favorite meal is no longer available without realizing why and go elsewhere.

It's going to be a domino effect that won't be cured quickly.

 


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@kocour Sad but true.  Frank also didn't mention the higher prices on everything and they too will remain high.  Covid 19 is having devastating effects throughout the economy.  


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Frank Kocour
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Posted by: @djtusn3950

@kocour Sad but true.  Frank also didn't mention the higher prices on everything and they too will remain high.  Covid 19 is having devastating effects throughout the economy.  

It's not just Covid that is causing the problems.  It's a disruption of the entire shipping chain starting in China.  For example, we all love "free shipping"  "free returns".  Well, nothing is free.  We pay for it in higher prices.  Greed is also a playing factor. 

Example #2.  It costs more to ship something weighty than light.  So, China is not leaving its containers at the dock or sending them into the field to be filled.  They are bringing back empty containers and filling them with as much light freight as possible and so are other shippers. 

It's not as though shippers are hurting.  Maersk's revenue grew 58 pct. to $14.2 billion in the second quarter.  https://www.google.com/search?

q=maserc+shipping+profit&oq=maserc+shipping+profit&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i13.10277j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Reason #3.  Huge shipping companies like Maersk have increase the size and quanitity of their containers and now dominate the ports, squeezing out other small shipping companies who now, instead of unloading in California,  travel to New York to unload - further raising the cost of shipping.

Reason #4.  The railroads are stymied because of the lack of container parking, companies are using rail cars as unproductive, immobile storage facilities.

 There are plenty of other reasons.  One bad link and disaster occurs.  The whole shipping system has to be pulled together . . . and soon.


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