For the second straight year, the holiday shopping season may be different than in the years before the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, COVID cases had begun to re-surge and many Americans were in the midst of the pandemic’s economic fallout.
This year, the problem is inventory. Many retailers’ shelves may not be stocked with the products consumers are used to seeing.
The supply chain of numerous products has been disrupted as cargo ships wait offshore unable to be unloaded or their products transported, businesses are short-staffed and there’s a high demand for goods.
Freeman College of Management professor Jimmy Chen, Ph.D., Bucknell University joins Smart Talk Thursday to discuss the problem and expectations for a fix.