“The cost of shipping is going up and then there are delays because it’s harder to secure space on boats or in containers.”
But it’s not just an issue of getting merchandise from A to B. “Other ways we’re experiencing challenges are there’s a worldwide box shortage,” Williams explains.
“Because of the rise in home‐delivered goods, there’s huge demand on boxes and the pulp boxes get made from. Some of our brands and some of our sellers are having real trouble getting boxes.”
Factories are also under strain; when employees become ill or have to isolate, production slows, driver numbers dwindle and it “adds costs through the supply chains and delays”.
Pockets of optimism can be found across the region, however. In October Australia’s New South Wales emerged from a four-month lockdown as the state passed its 70% vaccination target for those aged 16 and over. Bars and restaurants, along with nonessential shops, were allowed to reopen after being forced to close for the lengthy period. It’s