Expected Issues for Holiday Shopping in 2021 and How to Overcome Them

Everyone, including the White House, is talking about what a challenging holiday shopping season is ahead of us – and it’s only October! As shipping issues continue and shops struggle to get all the merchandise to their shelves, it’s possible that many people won’t be able to get absolutely everything that’s on their shopping list for the holidays. Here’s what shoppers need to keep in mind in 2021:

Expected Issues for Holiday Shopping in 2021 and How to Overcome Them
Shipping Issues Continue to Increase

The main issue causing supply delays for most retailers is the low availability of container vessels. This caused shipping backups that many retailers have been worried about for months. Many chains, including Costco, Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Home Depot have chartered container ships to transport goods to them. That’s why the White House announced that the port in LA will be working 24/7 to handle the backlog. Of course, pandemic-related restrictions and the temporary shutdown of several production facilities also caused some of the shortages.

Expect Delays With Online Holiday Shopping

Holiday giftsMany online shops have had to send out emails to their customers to expect shipping delays this holiday season. These are not exaggerations as delivery companies such as FedEx are facing staff shortages, and UPS executives warn that, if shoppers don’t order their Christmas gifts soon, they may not receive them until spring.

Best Ways to Deal With the Delays

To avoid some of the inventory issues and shipping delays, it’s highly advised to start your shopping for holidays in 2021 early. If you’re worried about missing out on seasonal discounts, turn to retailers like Target that started a holiday price matching policy in October. It’s also a good idea to make a list of substitute items in case the ones you really wanted go out of stock. Lastly, it’s good to cover all your bases by combining both online and in-store shopping this year instead of relying on only one method.