The next time you’re at your local grocery store or a nearby location of a giant department store, take a close look at the shelves. If you’ve been paying attention to the news headlines in the past week or so, no doubt you’ve come across coverage of supply chain problems that are manifesting partly in the form of empty store shelves. But it’s not just empty store shelves resulting from the Collapse of the US supply chain which includes clogged doors and unshipped goods. Retailers are also getting creative (or desperate, depending on who you ask) – to the point where some shoppers say they’ve noticed tactics like stores using single rows of products to fill their shelves.
To give the illusion, in other words, of abundance.
Supply chain problems are getting worse
People have taken to social media in recent days to share images of this sort of thing, like individual rows of chairs oddly arranged along the shelves (as you can see below). As if there was nothing else to put in its place, but the store just wanted to fill the shelves with something. Rather than making it obvious for customers to see supply chain deficiencies are having an impact.
And don’t make mistakes. They are having a lot of impact.
President Biden’s approval rate has plummeted in recent weeks as the administration is plagued by horrors including record inflation. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has warned in recent days that supply chain problems and inflation will extend into 2022. Also Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey he warned in a tweet on Friday that hyperinflation will soon hit the United States. Former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi he told FOX Business on Friday that Biden’s policies are contributing to all of this, while several Biden officials have done their best to downplay the whole thing.
But first, let’s take a look at how all of this is going in U.S. communities.
Retailers get creative
We are on the edge of the precipice. The “pretend it’s okay” aspect of the farce evokes a profound terror pic.twitter.com/sNvfHVyiwx
– Keque🚀 (@Keque_Mage) October 19, 2021
#EmptyShelvesJoe started trending on Twitter this week, due to frustrated shoppers increasingly confronted with scenes like the ones above.
Another Twitter user shared an image from his local Safeway location, where products could be seen scattered to make shortcomings less obvious. “It appears our Safeway is trying to hide the supply shortage by using individual product lines to fill the shelves,” the tweet read.
There is also a composition problem associated with all of this. Because shortages often lead to panic purchases, which only accelerate shortages and make it worse. And speaking of getting worse, some Biden administration officials downplayed all of this. They put the blame in part on the overconsumption and overshooting of Americans.
But that doesn’t explain why some hospitals in the United States also find it more difficult to get the drugs they need, due to supply bottlenecks.
Biden officials downplay the supply chain crisis
To be sure, the Biden administration did not create this problem. This is really the result of so many factors. Including extreme weather events, truck driver shortages and other pandemic-related challenges. The problem, however, is what is happening done about the problem.
Unfortunately, at least three senior administration officials have done their best to minimize this crisis in the past few days. There was White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, for example, who retweeted a post a few days ago denouncing the collapse of the entire supply chain as a “high-class problem. “
What exactly does this mean? Well, the secretary of transport a little MIA, Pete Buttigieg, put it like this in a televised interview: President Biden “successfully drove this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.” Although, according to Factcheck.org, the recession is officially over before Biden took office.
The ‘tragedy of the treadmill’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, however, added the icing on the cake. It came in the form of a nonchalant joke during the daily press briefing, in response to a question from The New York Times Michael Shear. Shear asked: Why didn’t the Biden administration act more aggressively at the start of the pandemic? “It was very clear that things weren’t getting better,” Shear said during his question to Psaki. “People couldn’t get dishwashers, furniture and treadmills delivered on time. Not to mention all the other things “.
Psaki retorted: “… The tragedy of the treadmill being late.”
That comment seemed to be her not-so-subtle way of telling everyone to relax. That this is just a problem that affects people with a lot of money to spend – on luxuries like the treadmill.