Grocery stores could face delivery bottlenecks ahead of the holidays

Grocery stores could offer a limited amount of a range of products during the vacation after some of the country’s largest grocery manufacturers say they are in short supply, reports CNN.

Driving the news: According to CNN, many companies have told grocers that they are running out due to labor, raw material and transportation restrictions that constrain supply chains.

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  • Products that could be deficient include Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, McCormick Gourmet Condiments, and Marie Callenders Pot Pies.

The big picture: Grocery store offerings have improved since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but not fully recovered.

  • Many suppliers have also told grocers to stop their promotions on certain items over the holidays so they don’t sell out of business quickly, according to CNN.

  • Other grocery brands impose purchasing restrictions on certain products due to delivery bottlenecks.

According to the numbers: Almost 15% of frozen food was sold out in stores in the week leading up to October 3rd.

  • In the same week, 18% of drinks, 16% of snacks and 15% of sweets in stores were sold out, according to the IRI.

  • Before COVID-19, 7 to 10% of products on shelves were out of stock.

What you say: Chieh Huang, CEO of online bulk retailer Boxed, told CNN that “allotments are the new norm” for food and packaging manufacturers, and that it affects the number of products in stock at Boxed.

The bottom line: Other products – like coffee and shoes – will also be in demand this holiday season due to supply chain issues.

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