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Holiday shoppers begin to scramble as supply chain issues persist

For many consumers, supporting local businesses is a priority this year.

Posted: Nov 20, 2021 10:46 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2021 12:40 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The holidays are right around the corner, but this year, shoppers have some concerns.

"I heard about prices kind of going up and a little bit of inflation," Shaheen Danyal, a University of Oregon student said.

Others said they were worried about possible delays.

"Shipping is definitely my main concern," Brenda Gonzalez, a shopper in Eugene said.

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Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. inflation rate is the highest it's been in more than 30 years. Consumers will see the words "out-of-stock" more than usual this year, according to experts.

"The demand for the products as well as the materials to make those products is far outpacing the available supply of those products and materials, as well as what's needed to move those products through the supply chain to the consumer," Jonathan Gould with the National Retail Federation said.

For many consumers, supporting local businesses is a priority this year.

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"Supporting a local business or a small artist, I think is super beneficial to the whole community," Gonzalez said.

Erick Wonderly Varela designs and sells stickers and art prints. He set up at the Whiteaker Community Market Saturday.

"When you're supporting a local business or a vendor or anything like that, you're supporting an actual person," Varela said. "You're helping them pay their bills, feed them, all of that."

Bree's Way, a small business in Eugene, is just a few minutes away from where the Whiteaker Community Market was held.

"You get a really personalized experience with the employees," Jenna Alcorn, an employee at Bree's Way said. "We try to make every conversation, every interaction super specialized and personal."

Alcorn said shipping delays are affecting the amount of supplies in the store.

"We've got a bunch of stuff on back order that's not going to be here until after the holidays even," Alcorn said.

That's why alcorn says it's more important than ever before to shop early this year. She also said it's important to support small, local businesses. Many shoppers in Eugene agreed.

"I just really hope people work harder to stay local and stay safe," Anne Glickenhaus, a Eugene resident said.

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