Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Supply Chain Nightmare

“It seems like there is a shortage of everything lately,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

You may have noticed store shelves looking bare lately. Unfortunately, expect to see more scarcity. Experts believe supply issues will get worse, before they get better.

It seems a perfect storm of issues is the problem. Those glitches include, labor shortages especially truck drivers and dock workers, COVID-19, severe weather and power outages in China. You have likely seen the images of cargo container traffic in ports off of Los Angeles/Long Beach, California.

Supply chain depends on containers, ports, railroads, warehouses and trucks. When more than one of these areas experience disruption you have the current problem, lack.

GreatFlorida Insurance previously reported on the chip shortage affecting the production of cars and electronics. The Wall Street Journal estimates that because of the shortage, seven million cars were not built.

“This problem shines the spotlight on the necessity to become less dependent on oversea suppliers,” says Buck Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency.

As the holidays approach, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it is reducing its use of air transportation to save money, so deliveries outside your local area will be delayed a couple of days. Also prepare for a price hike.

Thankfully, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced there are currently no food shortages in the US at this time. However, they continue to monitor the food supply chain across the US.

While there is no report of food deficiency, Americans are likely to see a shortage of goods or an increase in prices due to high demand and low supply. According to USA Today, the following are products that might be hard to find and why.

Carbonated drinks– Due to a global CO2 shortage

Coffee– Brazil, supplier of most coffee beans is experiencing drought

Diapers– Prepare to see a price increase due to a shortage in raw materials

Fish sticks– A dispute at the US-Canada border

Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish & Toberlone– due to supply chain constraints

Toilet paper– A shortage in raw materials

At GreatFlorida Insurance, we are not in short supply of meeting all your homeowners insurance needs. We have different levels of home insurance to suit your needs and budget. Contact us today.
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Ellsworth Buck
Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida. For more information visit:

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