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If you want to celebrate Christmas with gifts, a tree and all the trimmings, you should start shopping now.

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Supply chain chaos will create retail shortages this holiday season. Advice from all corners is the same: If there’s something special on your wishlist, buy it when you see it, like, right now.

The US Toy Association recently held a press conference – working with the Port of Los Angeles – to tell people, there are going to be shortages.

Global supply chain problems will hit the toy industry hard, and consumers are warned that the most popular toys could all be sold out by Black Friday (November 26), the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. United.

Most of the toys (85%) are made in China. They arrive here via the larger ports – all on hold now – and there are other delays all along the line. There are plenty of toys; the problem is getting them to come here on time.

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According to Bloomberg, hot items for kids this year include a Fisher-Price learning robot, Tamagotchi virtual pets, and a Blues Clues play kitchen, if you can get them.

And LOL Surprise Dolls and Little Tikes cars might be harder to find by December.

BBC reports Barbie dolls and Paw Patrol products should be scarce in UK

And, at the same time, the demand keeps increasing. The pandemic has kept people at home, fueling the quest for home entertainment, hobbies and entertainment. Toy sales jumped 15% in the first six months of the year.

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Toys, Christmas decorations, trees, some electronics (Apple announced fewer iPhone 13s due to a shortage of chips), cars, home appliances, athletic shoes, and many other manufactured items. in Asia will be affected.

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It’s hard cheese for retailers, some of whom rely on the weeks leading up to Christmas for the bulk of their annual sales.

Of course, size matters.

Big box retailers have the financial means to take matters into their own hands; Costco and Home Depot, for example, contracted their own container ships, while Canadian Tire purchased part of the Ashcroft Terminal Ltd. port facility. , in August, to make transportation in Canada more agile.

“Bigger players can take on supply chain issues. It’s the mom-and-pop stores that can take a hit, ”said Retail Insider PDG Craig Patterson.

“The bottleneck at all major ports is so severe that the Port of Los Angeles operates 24/7. Some things can be airlifted, and we might see it at the last minute – maybe things like Tiffany jewelry.

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“Dollarama,” he joked, “may not be chartering planes”.

There will be price increases, Patterson said, as usual when demand exceeds supply. This is not the year to do all your shopping on Christmas Eve.

Early risers can be the winners across the board, as Patterson said he’s already spotted a few Black Friday sales.

” You to do must be on the ball and be careful. If you have something to heart, do it now. There is no guarantee that he will be there later.

You will have a competition. Some people saved a lot of money during the pandemic, Patterson added, and they are ready to shop now.

“High-end retailers will do well. Some luxury retailers are already doing better than before the pandemic, jewelers in particular. “

The pandemic means people have had to deal with their own mortality, Patterson said.

“The status quo has really been shaken up. We are not here forever. People have noticed and are spending accordingly.

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