You love the sofa on the floor at Pickering and Clydesdale Furniture Emporium so you plunk down your credit card to make the purchase. Nine months? Nine months??? That's an entire school year. Think about that. A kid meeting his new teacher today may be starting summer vacation before you're sinking into that comfy new couch.
Welcome to the post COVID-19 supply chain nightmare.
Pallet Shortages and Delays
If you do any kind of shopping, you already know products that were readily available 18 months ago have become increasingly difficult to source. Translating this to pallets, the landscape is littered with shortages and delays the likes of which we have never seen.
In a previous blog post on skyrocketing pallet prices, we did our best to explain why prices on pallets are going through the roof. In fact, as one pundit in Pallet Profile Weekly put it, price has become almost irrelevant. The issue now is availability. Left with little choice, companies are rushing to grab any pallet they can. Budgets are taking a backseat to maintaining operations.
Navigating the Pallet Crisis
Ok, we have talked about why. Now let’s talk about what to do about it. The shock of “out of stock” or “on back order” has a lot of pallet buyers scrambling. Luckily, these issues have become so pervasive that receivers down the supply chain have adjusted their expectations. Transparency is the first step in managing this crisis.
Here is what we suggest for outsmarting the pallet shortage:
In a pinch for pallets? Call your trusted pallet professional or post your concerns here. We will do our best to help in any way we can.
Post by: Hartson Poland, Business Development - Plastic
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