“If you see it take it because if you wait it might not be available,” said Teresa Johansson, owner of the Village Toy Shop.
The Port Moody toy retailer says it is doing its best to stay stocked, but the supply chain crisis has caused significant delays in getting some products to its store.
“Things that would normally happen in a few weeks, we are now waiting a few months to get these products,” Johansson said.
Plant closures linked to the pandemic exacerbate the problem. IKEA Canada says it is currently experiencing lower availability in some product lines, including kitchens and mattresses. To alleviate the effects of the shipping problem, IKEA Canada says globally it is taking extraordinary steps and purchasing its own containers and charters space on ships to secure supply and meet demand. client.
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Many small business owners are also feeling the pinch. Vancouver-based Reckless Bike Stores owner Paul Dragan said that in March he started to run out of bikes and the product is only starting to arrive now. “Be prepared to wait,” Dragan said. “It could be months, it could be a year. We don’t know, our suppliers don’t know.
If you want a bike in time for Christmas, Dragan recommends that you order now and put down a deposit. “If you want a bike, come and put a deposit on the bike. A deposit takes you from a maybe to a yes, ”he said.
At the same time, consumers can expect to pay more for goods as the supply chain crisis continues. “Our suppliers are charged more for containers. So that shipping container that used to cost US $ 2,500 to go from Asia to North America now costs between $ 8,000 and $ 10,000 for the same container, ”added Dragan.
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Vancouver-based Forerunners is seeing a shortage of certain brands of runners.
“What is supposed to happen in August could happen in November, maybe in January. The sales rep doesn’t even know it, ”said owner Peter Butler.
Supply chain disruptions drive up prices and consumers can expect to pay more for a variety of products. “We’re going to see at least five to 10 percent inflation in shoes maybe more for some brands,” Butler said.
As for when might the supply chain crisis ease? Some business owners are predicting well for next year: “I think it’s going to last until spring,” Butler added.
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