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DISTRESSED DAILY: Supply-Chain Disruption for Retailers Worsens

Sept. 22, 2021, 12:00 PM

Retailers already trying to find ways to bring in customers will find it’s harder and costlier to get the goods they need.

Merchants and consumer-goods makers “are dealing with challenges not seen for a generation,” consulting firm Berkeley Research Group wrote in a recent report. “More than 18 months into the pandemic, the disruption to global supply chains is getting worse, spurring shortages of consumer products and making it more expensive for companies to ship goods where they’re needed.”

The deteriorating situation will squeeze operating profits at retailers, authors Keith Jelinek, Rick Maicki and Darren Morrison said, and ...

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