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The Time to Start Your Holiday Shopping Is Right Now

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Usually this time of year, when the big box stores put up the Christmas displays and retailers start counting out the shopping days till Christmas, many shoppers snort or complain. For holiday shopping season 2021, you might want to pay attention.

Retail experts are sounding the alarm that shoppers need to start their holiday shopping soon, like, well,now. Logistical issues, including ongoing manufacturing and supply chain disruptions, may make the hottest toys and most popular gifts sell out fast or go on waiting lists. And they might not be available at all in the typical Thanksgiving-to-Christmas Day holiday shopping window this year.

“It’s a complex situation,” notes Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com, “but essentially, the pandemic created a domino effect of delays and shortages all around the world, with bottlenecks at ports and staffing issues at factories. My sense is that we’re really going to feel it when the holiday shopping season reaches its peak. For that reason, I’m suggesting that consumers get started soon.”

Key points of entry for container ships carrying retail goods........

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