It’s a cliche to say hindsight is 20/20, but as shortages and supply chain issues continue, it definitely feels valid for shoppers. If only we could go back and tell our pre-pandemic selves to buy extra hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
Certainly, some supply chain shortages and disruptions caused by the pandemic — and, in some cases, panic buying — have eased. For instance, the waiting-list-only demand for bicycles is mostly resolved.
However, other shortages remain challenging and are unlikely to be solved soon.
Why Supply Chain Problems Are Here to Stay
Periodic shortages of popular goods are not unprecedented, but supply chain issues may be a long-term problem.
Multiple supply chain issues — such as already fragile global supply chains, production capacity, climate change, labor and trucker driver shortages and backups at major ports and warehouses — have converged to create the perfect storm.
We can’t always predict when some products will be back in stock (ie, parents still struggling to find baby formula), but you can shop now and avoid higher prices and empty shelves later.
Here are 15 products expected to be affected by supply chain shortages and heavy consumer demand in the coming months.
- Cereal, bread, flour
- Dairy products
- Frozen foods
- Christmas trees
- Tomato products
- olive oil
- Canned goods
- bottled water
- Liquor and beer
15 Things You Should Stock Up Now to Avoid Shortages
But first, don’t give in to the temptation of panic buying. Artificial demand can create supply chain disruption — think the great toilet paper shortage of 2020.
Picking up a few extra items or buying early is a smart way to stock up, though, without emptying store shelves for other shoppers.
1. Cereal, Bread and Flour
If it’s made out of grain, specifically wheat, it will only get more expensive. The price of grains is soaring due to the war in Ukrainestressing the world’s wheat supply. So…