Don’t Blame The Grinch, Supply Chain Issues May Affect Your Christmas Vacation This Year – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Christmas seems to be coming earlier and earlier each year. Experts warn that wherever you shop, a vacation essential may not be enough.
There are all kinds of items that are nowhere to be found, but artificial Christmas trees could end up at the top of the holiday list.
“Lots of bare shelves. Yes. I saw quite a few, ”said client Beverly Elrod.
Much of the offer is made in China. They still make them every day in factories but cannot send them.
“Because a lot of the ships that went to the United States this year got stranded in ports and didn’t come back. We are therefore awaiting the return of the ships, ”said tree supplier James Li.
Most of the large container ships are anchored off Los Angeles. These big metal boxes are supposed to go to an artificial Christmas tree wholesaler in New Jersey. This company supplies products to retailers like Amazon and Target.
“Every day is a fight to get containers. We’re fighting toy makers, electronics makers and others to get the containers – and we have to pay a lot more for those containers, ”said Chris Butler.
Butler is the CEO of the National Tree Company. He says the cost of an artificial Christmas tree has increased by up to 25%.
Some buyers plan to get creative to make sure there is a tree in their home for the holidays.
“I think they’re just going to get creative. Maybe have a “real” tree? May be! It’s an option, ”Elrod said.
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