Clogged up supply chains around the world have garnered much publicity, especially as the time for holiday giving approaches. At the San Francisco Chronicle, Christopher S. Tang takes a look at conflux of factors why we may not be able exactly what we want exactly when we want it oh poor wittle us-ens. A snippet:
The pandemic changed the lifestyle of many Americans, who switched to a hybrid work schedule and started spending more time at home. That fueled surging demand for items like office chairs, printers, gym equipment, and home appliances as consumer demand shifted from service to goods. But just as demand skyrocketed, COVID-19 related safety policies made it harder for suppliers to deliver stuff where it needed to go. Logistics experts have reported that extensive quarantine requirements and partial port closures in China, along with lockdowns at factories in Indonesia and Vietnam, significantly hampered the production of goods for the U.S. market.