‘Creepy’ Supply Chain Problems Even Impact Halloween Costumes – .

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‘Creepy’ Supply Chain Problems Even Impact Halloween Costumes – .


CALGARY –

For those celebrating Halloween this year, it can be one of the scariest parts of the festivities: many retailers are scrambling to find stock this year, and those with costumes and decorations are charging a lot more.

Recent supply chain issues have impacted many facets of Canadian life, and Halloween is no different.

A cautious 2020 has left many interiors and weak sales across the board. But now that many feel comfortable celebrating Halloween again, demand is skyrocketing.

This caught many suppliers off guard.

At Calgary’s The Costume Shoppe, owner Ryan Schoel says it was an early bet that saved his season.

“My orders started in January,” he told CTV News. “In fact, some even started in December. I was very nervous. I took a position and either it was going to happen or I was going to have a lot of bills at the end of it. “

Some of those orders were still pouring in this week, but Schoel considers his overflowing shelves to be a happy reward.

Not all retailers have been so fortunate.

Many, arguably feeling hesitant in the face of the uncertainty of the pandemic, have chosen to wait for orders to see if demand increases or shipping costs decrease.

But until October, neither happened.

U.S. company HalloweenCostumes.com, which ships direct to Canadian consumers, said many retailers are struggling as they see an increase in demand of about 50% year over year over year. last.

Spokeswoman Ashley Theis said much of the stock ordered by HalloweenCostumes.com won’t even arrive until after the holidays.

“This will just have to be the Halloween 2022 inventory,” she said. “Few retailers are able to keep up. “

And as most Canadians know, it’s not just the Squid Games costumes and spider web decorations.

“Any product you can think of, there is a shortage,” said Jori Logistics Sam Woods.

Cargo and container shortages and massive delays at ports mean supply is slow and limited.

“All of these things on top of each other make the product hard to get here and the prices extremely expensive,” Woods said.

He thinks things might even work out at the end of next year, but expects to hear more limited supply stories as the December vacation draws closer.

Woods says his advice for those celebrating Halloween next weekend is the same advice for businesses trying to stay on top of the retail offering: order as early as possible and be prepared to pay more.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

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