Are we really going to have empty shelves for Christmas?
In our surroundings, we also see and hear signals of the problems everybody is facing at the moment. Products become more expensive, suppliers ask more for their products and the demand for products is high because customers also see what's happening right now. Our director and purchase manager Branco Brouwers about our findings: ''In the last year and a half, we saw various fluctuations in the number of offers we received from our suppliers. Companies choose to act carefully as the future is uncertain at this point, the market prices fluctuate and the prices of resources are unpredictable. Besides that, we notice that our customers are preparing for the gift season because they buy products out of stock where normally this happens later in the year.''
This phenomenon could lead to emptier shelves for Christmas, especially for product categories that are demanded in the gift season. The owner of a British toy company also stated that the rising delivery times could bring the sale of toys in danger in November and December. He normally reorders popular toys in October, but that's now impossible due to the trade market's problems .
Should you panic? No. Is the situation a bit worrying? Yes, a bit. There is enough stock in Europe at the moment but the chance of empty shelves for product categories like toys is real. If you don't want to end empty-handed or with your third choice gift, just buy your first choice gift a little earlier than the day before Christmas. You can also contact your favourite business to ask for expected delivery times. The more you know, the better!
Hopefully, the many problems will stabilize soon, nobody wants longer delivery times, higher prices and empty shelves. The future might seem uncertain but that could also be an opportunity. We will keep a close eye on this subject so we can respond quickly to changes that might occur.