Insight & Analysis

Most Curious: and the surprise shortages of the pandemic

Published: May 2021

Across the US there have been some surprise shortages as we move towards the potential end of the COVID-19 pandemic. These have been brought about by changes to both supply chain and to consumer habits.

Shortages have included the following:

  1. Lumber wood.
  2. Chlorine.
  3. Chicken.
  4. Condiments.

These odd bedfellows have become rare, owing to a combination of changes to human consumption habits and also supply chain disruptions. Lumber wood and condiment shortages are driven by consumers increasing their home improvements and their takeaway and delivery food habits, both of which have, of course, greatly increased during the pandemic.

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