Supply Chain Disruptions May Complicate Thanksgiving, Christmas Celebrations

Supply Chain Disruptions May Complicate Thanksgiving, Christmas Celebrations

(USNewsMag.com) – COVID-19 has had a terrible impact on the supply chain. Worker shortages, inflation, cyberattacks and pandemic restrictions have all had effects, causing ships to back up in ports around America. On an ordinary day, that would be unfortunate, but during the holiday season, it’s even worse.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food skyrocketed in the last year and it’ll undoubtedly impact the cost of dinner for the holidays. The cost of pork rose by 14.1 percent and beef increased by 20.1 percent. Poultry, eggs, and fish prices rose by 12 percent, while the price of turkey is up 13 percent. Jayson Lusk, head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University on EconoFact, told Business Insider the increased price is primarily the result of pandemic disruption that trickled down and raised the cost of everything else.

At a time when families are trying to recover from the pandemic, paying so much more for food is just one more problem they have to grapple with in their lives. On top of the increased price of goods, there’s a Christmas tree shortage thanks to climate change. A toy shortage is also concerning many parents who want to make sure their children have what they want on Christmas morning.

Bah humbug.

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