How To Combat Major Shipping Delays This Holiday Season
Low inventory related to major shipping delays has been a problem for months. As Black Friday and the holiday season approaches, experts say that it is going to get even worse. Here’s is what we know, and what you can do to combat disruption to your holidays.
What is causing major delays?
- The answer isn’t a simple one, as there are many factors. One of the biggest has to do with delays at crowded ports. A lot of major manufacturers ship a large amount of their goods on huge cargo ships. Cargo ships are waiting up to 3 weeks to be able to get into port to be unloaded. Shortages of dock and warehouse workers, closed ports due to Covid outbreaks, and container shortages are all forcing longer wait-times.
- Delays at ports are affecting other shipping areas as well. Retailers are turning to alternative shipping methods, such as airlines, to move their goods. Airports are at beyond capacity for receiving items, and are backed up, up to 2 weeks.
What can we do to combat delays?
- The key is to plan ahead. Give yourself a break by getting your holiday shopping done early. As the holidays approach, gifts are going to be getting harder to come by. Start purchasing gifts, and even non-perishable food for your holiday events now.
- Make a Plan B, and Plan C. If your son’s favorite video game is backordered, what would be a good alternative? If you can’t find canned pumpkin for you Thanksgiving dinner, maybe try a new cake recipe instead. Being flexible can save you a lot of grief and frustration.
- Think about purchasing gifts from local artisans, crafters, and manufacturers. Avoid shipping delays all together by buying locally.
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