Delayed for the holidays: How to shop in a supply chain slowdown

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Overcrowding at distribution centers and transfer points in the global supply chain can disrupt your holiday shopping.

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you are likely to see lack of popular gifts And deliveries are delayed as the holiday shopping season gets underway. at US ports, retailer distribution centers and all points in between, Global supply chain congestion The list of items like clothing, toys and tech products has been cut.

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But your holidays shouldn’t be ruined by late gifts or gifts. Outside of shopping early, for which it’s not too late, there are many ways to find the gifts on your list. Here are some ideas, and don’t forget to check out Nerdshala’s 2021 Gift Guide And Our Guide to Finding the Best Black Friday Deals,

shop locally

Shorten those shipping distances across town by supporting local retailers. Whether it’s an independent store or a big-box chain, some businesses will deliver from the store directly to your home (thus avoiding distribution centers where bottlenecks can occur). And if you’re late to the game or don’t want to even take a chance on local shipping, many retailers also have the option to shop online and pick up in-store. If you need to broaden the search, look for items that don’t have to be shipped from overseas. That way you can keep your gifts from going to busy ports.

shop in store

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I know… you probably haven’t been to the mall in the last 20 months. (Honestly, it’s an experience I’m missing.) And you may have fallen out of the habit of in-store shopping even before the pandemic. But the beauty of shopping in person is that if it’s on the shelf, it’s yours (provided there’s no Cabbage Patch Baby Position) Go ahead, brave the crowd, wear a mask and go out to lunch in the process.

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A container ship unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland in California.

shop small

Small businesses will still be subject to post office delays, but they may have better control over their inventories and production and are likely to provide more lucrative customer service if something goes wrong. You can also use sites like Etsy or eBay to look for crafts, decorative items, or artwork made by independent producers.

shop second hand

Collectibles, memorabilia and old clothes or toys can make wonderful gifts and so can used goods. has less impact on the environment, Let’s say there’s an airline geek in your family (whooping cough). then how a security card From a retired airliner? One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a British Airways Concorde security card. Or maybe you know someone who collects Disney Theme Park Pins, Collectors will appreciate the thought and effort, but first confirm what they collect (and still need).

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Concorde safety cards and a catalog from a 2003 auction of parts of a canceled Air France aircraft are valuable gifts

shop for something intangible

Spa treatments, lessons (my husband bought me a great flying lesson a year), weekends away, and no need to send subscriptions to magazines/newspapers or streaming TV services. The same is true for gift cards and vouchers, but only if you buy them in person or in electronic form. Physical gift cards that need to be mailed can also be sent to the delivery purse. I found that last year when I bought my niece a physical gift card two weeks before Christmas and it was still late. So check the shipping time before clicking.

or just don’t sweat it

This is tough advice when you have kids, but it can work for adults. This year, you really have the best excuse in the world (provided you haven’t waited until the last minute) if a gift comes late. To give them something to open that day, you can buy something small that represents the gift to come. Last year, for example, the Nespresso machine I bought for my dad didn’t arrive on time. To cheer him up for what was to come, he opened a box of coffee capsules on Christmas morning.

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