Supply chain disruption: What the consumer needs to know


Empty Store Shelves During the Energy Crisis in Austin Texas (Credit Wikimedia Commons)

Max Weinberg, Contributing Writer

Chances are you’ve been missing some items on your grocery list at the store this week. Or, maybe you’ve even been having different brands in your pantry. This is most likely due to a supply chain issue and not your mom forgetting what kind of chips you wanted.

Supply Chains, in their simplest definition, are the things needed by a company or organization to get their product to us, the consumers. Right now, they’re completely messed up. But why? In Short, The Pandemic, but it’s more complicated than that.

The AMT or American Trucking Organization announced that about 80,000 truckers were missing from their ranks in October. That’s 80,000 trucks that aren’t delivering goods around the country. With this lack of transportation, most grocery stores are having to resort to different brands of products or just not offering some products at all. 

Covid hasn’t just impacted trucking, though; most business sectors have said staffing has been challenging during the Omicron Surge. With so many open positions, the Iron Wall of American Industry’s cracks are starting to show. 

These cracks are starting to become apparent to consumers. Alison Grove, a Chatham resident, and Mother of Four, recalls how difficult grocery shopping was this past week. “A lot of the things I can’t find really shouldn’t be a challenge,” Grove says. “Essentially, it’s the basics.”

With prices still rising, many consumers are concerned that necessities will become an issue.

Grove Remarks, “It starts to get alarming when everything from lettuce to cleaning supplies to bread is affected.”