By Susan Campbell
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KTVK, KPHO) – Sometimes stacks of boxes appear at Kidstop. âWe’re like kids at Christmas right now when we open the box and say, ‘Oh my God! We have the remote control car! Said owner Kate Tanner. Other days the shipments are much smaller than Tanner would like to see in his Scottsdale toy store. âIt’s very difficult to follow,â she told 3 On Your Side. âOur shipments arrive when they want to arrive.
Due to supply chain issues, Tanner ordered early and tried to stock up. Yet about 10% of the toys featured in Kidstop’s annual holiday catalog won’t make it to the store.
Persistent supply chain problems cause delays for Arizona businesses âBruder Trucks just exploded. We can’t bring them in, âTanner said. “If you see a Jellycat that you like, grab it.” Legos are also rare. âI think those shelves after Thanksgiving will be pretty empty,â Tanner lamented.
Across the country, stores like Kidstop wait for deliveries as problems persist across the global supply chain, the result of unprecedented consumer demand combined with the COVID-19 pandemic. The main sensitive points in the supply chain are the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. About 40% of shipping containers that enter the United States go through these ports, where there are traffic jams. The ships are waiting to arrive. There is a shortage of trucks to transport the cargo when the ships dock. Tens of thousands of full and empty containers sit on the docks, taking up space.
Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said there had been progress in moving more containers from freighters to trucks and trains more quickly. âWe continue to deliver record amounts of freight,â said Seroka. âSince October 24, we’ve seen a 25% drop from about 95,000 containers to 71,000 import containers at our docks, and freight of nine days or more has fallen 29%.â
The supply chain is playing with the golden spongy dumpling that everyone wants hundreds of miles away, Tanner says she can sometimes smell the progress. âA month ago I was as nervous as you could be,â she said. âToday there are so many boxes flocking to the door. You see when the containers hit, when things start to move. You can hear my sigh, I think we’ll get there.
But even that sigh of relief can’t hide the stress of this season unlike any other. âWhat do I like the most? She said, repeating the question that had just been put to her. “You’re going to make me cry because it’s been so hard.”
âIt’s the kids,â she finally said. It is their joy and excitement that accompanies every wishlist created in her store.
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