Shopping for a new refrigerator or stove? Granthshala supply chain constraints are causing major delays for some consumers to wait more than a year for devices to arrive.
“I wish I had something really positive to say, but it’s a kind of hope for the best. It’s great for anyone looking to renovate or build a custom home of that nature,” Ron Rapp of the Homebuilders Association Vancouver told Consumer Matters. As much as possible to consider, the main issue is to plan ahead and make arrangements ahead.
In his 15 years as owner of a Vancouver-based appliance outlet, Lazar Ilic says many retailers have been hit hard by the supply chain crisis, with less inventory than usual and fewer types of equipment in showrooms. “The supply issue has been an issue for the past year and we are fortunate to have anything in inventory right now,” Ilick said.
Semiconductor chip shortages, labor shortages, pandemic-related factory lockdowns, and logistical challenges are all contributing to equipment shortages.
“Since January 2020, there have been significant shipping disruptions with each bout covid In a different part of the world,” said the Retail Council of Canada’s Greg Wilson. “These (devices) are not products that are typically manufactured within North America and therefore have to be shipped or parts of them have to be shipped elsewhere in the world.”
This is a situation in which the industry is demanding change.
“I expect the manufacturer to start localizing some stuff, maybe in the United States, Canada or Mexico and need to be able to supply these things. It’s really out of our hands as private retailers . It really depends on the people who are making it,” Ilick said.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers told Consumer Matters that supply chain timelines have doubled or tripled in some cases. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers said in a statement, “The home appliance industry is urging policy makers to take action to minimize damage to the supply chain by working round the clock to deliver the equipment needed for our daily lives. “
When consumers and retailers can expect some relief, some industry experts are forecasting well into next year.
“It is getting better. It is getting back to normal, but it is taking a long time to get back to normal. I expect at least for the next six to nine months we will face some problems,” Wilson said.
To contact Anne Dreva and Consumer Matters, email story information and contact details to [email protected]