As shoppers adjust their holiday gift-buying strategies due to supply chain issues, they might want to think about retooling their holiday meals, too.
Just as consumers are feeling the supply chain headaches, so too are farmers, food processors and shelf stockers. Nearly everything from fertilizer for fields, feed ingredients for livestock to harvesting fresh produce has been impacted by shortages that have slowed the supply chain to a crawl.
Erkut Sönmez, associate professor of supply chain management and analytics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, said these issues are not going to go away anytime soon, due to a number of factors. Supply chains are complex and even just one issue going wrong can impact the rest of the process.