INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) – Christmas may still be three months away, but some business owners say they’re already having issues stocking their shelves.
“We are clearly seeing supply chain issues,” said Lisa Bennett, owner of Black sheep gifts in Indiana. “We just don’t enter our inventory, certainly not on time. “
Right now, Black Sheep Gifts is full of various Halloween gifts and decorations, but behind the scenes, the Christmas hustle and bustle has already started.
“If there are things that you want for the holidays that you know that are on people’s vacation list, you have to get them while you can,” Bennet said. “,
Bennett said the pandemic has resulted in a series of supply chain issues. She said rising shipping costs and labor shortages had been a problem for months, so she placed her Christmas inventory orders months in advance hoping they would. would arrive in time.
“Our November through December sales are typically around 35-40% of our annual sales, so it’s a big deal for us to make sure we can capture those big vacation sales,” Bennett explained.
TO Sullivan Hardware and Garden, Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands are just a few of the items missing due to supply chain issues related to the pandemic.
“The skyrocketing price of a (shipping) container is shocking, just shocking,” said owner Pat Sullivan.
Sullivan said he was paying more than three times the typical cost of artificial Christmas trees this year because of higher shipping costs. He said that typically the retailer bears most of the extra costs, but some of those costs will lead to higher prices.
“People might have their hearts on a 10 foot tree and might have to take a 9 foot, you know, because not everyone might get there. We’re just not sure yet, ”Sullivan said.
Other items, Sullivan said, won’t be worth the higher cost and just won’t be stocked at all.
“If what’s on the container – just look at it – if it pushed the price too high, you just don’t bring it,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan and Bennett both agree that this is a problem that is only getting worse as the pandemic continues, so shopping early is your best bet.
“Usually people come shopping and we’ll hear around Halloween, ‘Oh, I’m going to have to come back during the holidays,” but if you come back during the holidays, there is no guarantee that you are going to find anything. whatever, ”Bennett said.