Every year,marks the start of the holiday shopping season. But if you want a happy, gift-filled Christmas or Hannukah holiday in 2021, you’ll want , in October.
A number of factors combine to make giveaways this year difficult, especially for those prone to procrastination. Clogged ports, a stressed trucking industry, labor shortages, higher demand and higher shipping costs all impact shipments of toys, electronics, clothing and more. . Supply chain issues do not only affect imports from China, where manyare made, but also shipments within the United States.
“Major retailers expect a strong holiday shopping season, but have warned of limited stocks, longer shipping times, labor shortages and fewer discounts,” recently reported Morgan Stanley economists said..
US ports struggle to keep up with imports
One of the biggest problems in the supply chain is the backlog at US ports. Late last month, CBS News reported that the Port of Los Angeles, which handles 40 percent of U.S. imports, is facing a.
“The buying force of the American consumer is so strong and epic that we cannot absorb all of this cargo into the national supply chain,” said Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles manager.
Ports on the east coast are also registering record volumes. The New York and New Jersey Port Authority recently reported that it moved more cargo in August 2021 than in any other August on record.
There are also a lot of domestic shipping delays
Of course, unloading cargo from ships is only the first step in getting, clothing and more from Asia on store shelves. Shipments must also be placed in trucks. And there just aren’t enough trucks to get everything where it needs to go without big delays.
“There are on average about 16 full load shipments available for each truck available to move product out (ports)”, Bob Biesterfeld, CEO of shipping logistics company CH Robinson,.
Scott Price, the international president of shipping giant UPS,he half-jokingly warns people to “order your Christmas presents now, because otherwise on Christmas day there might just be a photo of something that won’t happen until February or March.” And the United States Postal Service is preparing for an increase in holiday shipping volumes by increasing rates and , as of October 1. (Send these greeting cards early in the year too!)
Here’s how to avoid the shipping crisis this holiday season
The country’s supply chain is stressed, but you shouldn’t be. There are plenty of great, Nordstrom, Kohl’s and other retailers right now, offering electronics, cookware, clothing and more at deep discounts. Here are some of the best pre-Black Friday deals available right now, as curated by the CBS Essentials team.
Walmart offers before Black Friday
Walmart currently has tons of tech, makeup, home goods, and more.
Hamilton Beach Digital Bread Maker, $ 50 (usually $ 70)
Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve Coffee Maker and Carafe, $ 79 (usually $ 99)
Best Buy offers before Black Friday
Best Buy has TVs, laptops, video games, and more tech for sale.
ASUS 11.6 “Chromebook, 4GB memory, 32GB storage, $ 119 (was $ 219)
Ulta offers before Black Friday
Find makeup, skincare, perfumes and more at Ulta.
Prince U Got the Look Vegan Eyeshadow Palette, $ 28 (usually $ 55)
Anastasia Natural & Polished Starter Kit, $ 17 (regularly $ 24)
Amazon deals before Black Friday
beauty products, and more powered by Alexa. Here’s a sample of what’s on sale., featuring what the company calls “epic deals,” is underway. You can save big on devices, toys, clothing, kitchenware,
Echo Show 8, $ 70 (instead of $ 110)
Instant Omni Pro 14-in-1 Air Fryer and Convection Oven, $ 250 (was $ 300)
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Wooden Dolls Bunk Bed, $ 40 (was $ 54)
Love, 13-inch Diana Sing-Along Popstar Doll and Functional Microphone, $ 30 (was $ 35)
Nordstrom offers before Black Friday
Nordstrom offers markdowns on men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, home and more.
Disney x Casetify Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Keep thirst at bay with this Disney x Casetify Insulated Water Bottle (26 oz) featuring a retro design of Minnie Mouse or the entire Mickey Mouse band.
Disney x Casetify Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $ 29
Nordstrom Snuggle Plush Faux Fur Slipper, $ 15 (was $ 29)
GameStop offers before Black Friday
GameStop has great deals on video games, gaming accessories, action figures and more.
The Last of Us, Part II for PlayStation 4, $ 26 (was $ 40)
Wayfair offers before Black Friday
Find furniture, small kitchen appliances, bedding and more at Wayfair.
The Magic Bullet Countertop Blender, $ 40 (was $ 57)