Empty Shelves Joe. Seems a fitting phrase for the current regime policies. These policies are wreaking havoc on supply chains. Distribution. Availability. Empty Shelves. Supply Chain Shortages. As I write this, it is getting worse. There is no end in site.
The causes are multifaceted. Although most all of them stem from policies which are 100% harmful to supply chains.
We’re not even into one year under the new regime. So, don’t fool yourself that it’s going to get better any time soon.
Although many have awakened to some of what’s going on here… There are zero signs of policy changes that might help alleviate the supply chain problems and shortages. Rather, they’re doubling-down on their anti-supply-chain policy efforts.
It’s pointless to get into the policies on this blog. Plenty of other taverns around town where you can whine and moan. However, it is very much on point to recognize and realize that supply chains are getting worse, so that you might preemptively take some preparedness actions. THAT is what this blog is about. Preparedness (all sorts of).
Shortages. Empty Shelves. Thinner Shelves. Get used to it. Are we looking at a Venezuela? Probably not. However, never say never.
Here’s what you might notice… Once something is gone, it could be gone for a long time.
Why? Because it’s human instinct to get more of something that seems to be dwindling in supply. Ever heard of the toilet paper shortage? Or, the ongoing ammo shortage? (just to name a few).
Last time I visited Walmart, the TP / Paper Towel aisle was 60% empty. Is it happening again? I don’t know. But you know what? When people see that, they’re going to say to themselves, “Oh $hit, better get some more TP!”.
Unlike the great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020, this time the supply chains are becoming worse. There is so very much being affected, right now (not just TP, for example). It’s wide ranging.
More and more people losing their employment due to policy requirements to remain employed (as one example). Thus, shortages of labor. Resulting in more shortages of supply. Services.
This absolutely will not ease up until AFTER these policies change. However, I don’t see change on the horizon. So, you better concern yourself. At least regarding the necessities in life. And that includes TP! (grin).
As you are well aware, the phrase “supply and demand” is absolutely in play here. Costs are going up. Prices are way up for most everything. Not to mention out-of-control spending, and the results thereof. Inflation. Stagflation. Not good…
My occasional treat, a juicy Ribeye steak, has gone up from about 10 dollars a pound to 20 dollars a pound in less than one year. With that said, I did pick up some chicken on sale yesterday for $0.89 a pound! Go figure?!?
Hey listen, I know most all of you are fully aware of what’s going on. The increasing supply chain problems. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we’ve all been pretty spoiled with the plentiful availability of yesteryear. But that’s definitely changing to an extent, given the policies of today. To what extent? Time will tell.
So, what things are YOU seeing in short supply right now where you live? How much worse do you think it’s going to get out there?