Supply chain issues have impacted deliveries of consumer goods all over the world, but now, it’s coming for the liquor sector. According to local news reports across the U.S., liquor shortages are leaving shelves empty and consumers thirsty.
The liquor shortage’s causes provide a minor class in economics. Take a labor shortage involving a lack of truck drivers, dock workers, and warehouse employees, then shake that up with backed up docks, slower manufacturing processes and more expensive raw materials, and you get a quick lesson in how supply chain economics is having a direct impact on small businesses all over the U.S. Everything from the labor market and the sudden re-opening of bars to a lack of glass bottles and aluminum cans is blamed for liquor shortages reported in Winooski, Vermont; Durham, North Carolina; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“I’ve never had it this bare,” a bar manager in Durham, N.C. told the local ABC news station.
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