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If you go to establishments like Trader Joe’s, Giant Foods y Publix to buy food, you might run into empty shelves and shortage of products like bread, milk, meats and even cleaning supplies.
The problem of the supply crisis that has been impacting the United States since last year, in recent weeks it has been worsening, among other things by the increase in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant and the unstable weather conditions associated with recent snowfalls.
The contagious strain of COVID continues to affect to employees in these industries responsible for transport and logistics functions, which in turn delays the arrival of products on the shelves.
Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran said in a press call Tuesday that the situation is impacting access to various products.
“I think that as a business, all of us have learned to manage it. All of us have learned to make sure that the stores remain presentable, and give consumers as many alternatives as we can, “said the executive quoted by the CNN chain.
However, he anticipated that the problem would continue for at least another four weeks. “We can look forward to supply chain challenges for the next four to six weeks,” he estimated.
Most of the members of the National Grocery Sellers Association currently have less than 50% of their staff.
“Although there is a lot of food in the supply chain, we anticipate that consumers will continue to experience sporadic outages in certain categories of products as we have been seeing during the last year and a half due to the challenges in the distribution chain and of work ”, indicated Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the association.
In addition to the above, the problem of the lack of truckers delays deliveries to businesses nationwide.
Recent storms across much of the US Midwest and Northeast complicate and delay highway transportation, noted SuperMarketGuru.com analyst and editor Phil Lempert.
The expert also highlighted the fact that many people now cook and eat more at home as a result of the pandemic.
“We don’t want to be eating the same thing and we are trying to vary by cooking at home. As we do this, we are buying even more food products, ”Lempert said.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.