Re: Is anyone here seeing grocery shortages in their stores?
Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:21 am
None here. Increases yes. Shortages no.
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I deal with a lot of trucking for work (we're not a trucking company, but we move a lot of freight) and it's booming right now. So much so that I can't get pallet rates to certain states because there's so much business they know they don't need to extend discounts - no matter what they charge, they'll have full trucks, so why move anything cheap? We're also back to major $ fuel surcharges. If anything there could be more competition, it would help. The problem with small carriers failing is usually with their way of doing business - you'd need to sign on with a broker to get any work sent your way, but they don't want to share $. Until you're large enough and have a track record, you HAVE to share $. If they have a lot of start-up and operating costs out of the gate, they're toast.floridacatlover wrote: ↑Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:11 pmI have not seen food shortages and this is not directly related to poor farm crops but on another forum I read a thread about problems in the trucking industry. This was an investment forum not a bunch of preppers. In a nutshell from what I understand, freight shipments are down and a number of small, independent trucking companies have gone out of business.
One person who seems to work in the industry said that because of the Trump tariffs a lot of manufacturing has shifted to Vietnam but there is a labor shortage there so fewer shipments and less business for truckers who are struggling. Another said her friends had closed their small company because they couldn’t get their product shipped.
The headline was “Truckers Sound the Alarm.” So this did not apply necessarily to food but to all types of items. Who knows if this is correct. But it caught my eye and made me, someone who rarely stockpiles, think about stocking up on a few things. Apart from food, I was thinking of OTC meds.
On the other hand, the WalMart near me has for years been notorious for having big sections of empty shelves and taking forever to restock items. So maybe this is nothing new.