Biden’s America: Grocery Stores across US Laid Bare Like the Soviet Union in 1981
The knock-on effect is becoming more severe across industries
The alarming shortages of basic foodstuffs are now becoming more evident in the United States as the supply chain crisis reaches new levels.
Amid the millions of absences from work and winter storms, essential functions such as shipping, unloading, and stocking have now been disrupted.
One expert predicted that 3 percent of the national workforce would be absent from work.
The knock-on effect is becoming more severe across industries.
Shoppers are now facing empty shelves across Washington, D.C., to Anchorage, Alaska.
On top of the misery caused by the supply chain crisis, there is also inflation.
In November, consumer prices rose by 6.8 percent, the fastest pace in 39 years.
The December inflation report is also expected to show price gains accelerated further last month.
Grocer Albertsons, which owns Safeway, said they expect issues to linger for a longer duration.
“There are more supply challenges, and we would expect more supply challenges over the next four to six weeks,” said Vivek Sankaran, Chief Executive Officer, on an earnings call.
Sankaran added that Albertsons had to deal with several product categories being out of stock.
“I think as a business, we’ve all learned to manage it. We’ve all learned to make sure that the stores are still very presentable, give the consumers as much choice as we can get,” Sankaran said during the call.
Analysts and corporate America said full recovery could now be delayed due to the Omicron virus.
“For 2022, we expect supply pressures to likely linger for longer, perhaps until the second half of next year before gradually unwinding,” Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a note on Tuesday.
According to the National Grocers Association, grocery stores are operating with less than their normal workforces.
“While there is plenty of food in the supply chain, we anticipate consumers will continue to experience sporadic disruptions in certain product categories as we have seen over the past year and half due to the continued supply and labor challenges,” said Greg Ferrara, the group’s president, and CEO.
“It’s like a Soviet store during 1981. It’s horrible,” one man at a Washington DC grocery store told Fox News.
Biden took the brunt of the crisis with memes, and hashtags like #BareShelvesBiden began trending.
Decided to do my own #BareShelvesBiden assessment. I spoke to grocery store staff and for this particular location they just can't get the products that are missing. Their own staffing levels are fine. So definitely supply chain problems pic.twitter.com/mK3nS1Vwpr— talkingtowhee (@talkingtowhee1) January 10, 2022
But Transport Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, claimed the administration was working to minimize further supply chain disruptions.
“As long as the pandemic persists, as long as we are making up for decades of past disinvestment, we are going to see impacts on shipping times and shipping cost,” Buttigieg said.
“When there is an issue affecting ports here, you will feel it as far away as my Indiana hometown,” he added.
Buttigieg also noted that goods have to keep flowing to address the ongoing pandemic.
“Not only is this about the presents under the tree, this is about essential goods like medical goods that are needed in this moment of continued public health challenge,” he said.
Last year, Bloomberg News advised Americans to take out massive loans to survive Biden’s sinking economy.
As Neon Nettle reported:
The outlet has been panned for suggesting that readers blow through their paychecks quickly, purchase expensive items like homes and cars, and take out loans to pay for them.
The article, titled “For Americans Shocked by Inflation, Argentines Have Some Advice,” gave the bizzare advice as means of coping with skyrocketing inflation.
The article then suggests that Americans should copy the strategies used by average Argentinians to cope with inflation.
The "advice" came in response to news that inflation has now risen to a nearly 40-year high at 6.8% in Biden's America.