The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and, unsurprisingly, this included supply lines. Globally, there’s been a shortage of certain products, so they might not even be available at some point in the future. Products of great importance have become much less available. And some popular items may not be available in the near future.
There’s been a shortage of cocoa plants due to environmental damage. As a result, there’s a lot less chocolate in the world as well. NOAA actually thinks that cocoa plants will go extinct by 2050.
Because of the increase in fast food and takeout orders during the pandemic, hot dogs have just been in high demand. A demand that hot dog makers can’t just seem to keep up with.
After the major ice storm that devastated Texas, the supply of chicken has dropped considerably. To compensate, some restaurants have increased the price of chicken. Others have pulled chicken products altogether.
In 2020, demand for silver has increased by 20%. And it’s continued to increase into 2021. This is because of the increase in demand for the American Silver Eagle bullion coins.
This is potentially the most dangerous shortage in the world right now. Because of all of the particularly bad COVID-19 cases, people have been put on ventilators.
Because of increased discomfort on public transportation, people have been buying more bicycles. Their sales actually went up by 121%. This has led to a scarcity of parts and heavy delays on new bikes.
As with hot dogs, the huge increase in takeout orders has increased demand for ketchup. Heinz has had to increase production by 25% just to meet the demand.
Right at the start of the pandemic everyone bought as much toilet paper, fearing that they wouldn’t be able to get any more in the future. Ironically, there was no need to worry about a shortage of toilet paper until people made one.
The number of outdoor gatherings has increased during the pandemic and a number of those gatherings cook bacon. As such, it’s been in particularly high demand.
People panic bought a lot of drinks housed in aluminum cans, including beer and soda. Of course, this led to a can shortage. By the end of 2020, this stood at a deficit of 100,000 to 200,000 tons.
Crocs has had a great deal of success in the pandemic. Seemingly too much success. They’ve been selling so many products that it’s put a big squeeze on their supply chain.
It’s not just that people have been eating more pickles, but people have been using pickling jars to pickle and store food at home. In addition to this, there have been greater pushes to recycle glass jars.
Even people that ordinarily wouldn’t buy a new gaming console probably bought one during the pandemic. The demand just outshined the supply leading to shortages and delays.
This one is more indirect. The massive increase in international shipping has led to a decrease in shipping containers. And with that, there are less containers to hold and transport objects. And one of those products happens to be coffee. This has actually led to a six-year low in the United States coffee supply, despite a record-breaking crop yield in Brazil.
It was suspected that there would be a slump in the housing market. As such, lumber production was slowed. Then the pandemic led to the opposite effect. Now everyone wants a house, but there isn’t enough building material.
The U.S. mint just can’t keep up with the current demand for gold. Prices jumped up 11.5% this year and average $1,974 per ounce. Gold bullion coin sales increased by 258% in 2020. And plant capacity issues have just left many gold buyers on the waiting list.
Many people have ceased donating blood, or at least become more reluctant. It’s understandable, given the fear people have of going to the hospital due to the pandemic.
The already slowed pandemic supply-chain was made even worse by the winter storm. As a result, there has been a massive decrease in recliner production and the orders are running five to seven months behind.
It was mentioned earlier that international trade has led to an increased demand in shipping containers. This was exasperated from the amount of online shopping happening in the midst of the pandemic.
People just started to get more pets during the pandemic. And the rate of pet ownership has not gone down. This has let to difficulties with the pet food supply chain, being unprepared for such an increase in demand.
There has been a decrease in the supply of semiconductor chips, which led to a decrease in Tesla production. Elon Musk has stated that he’s trying to get new chips from a different supplier to help compensate.
People attempted to look for housing outside of crowded cities when the pandemic began. Now there’s a shrinking housing market, expanding buyer’s market, and skyrocketing prices.
Rental car companies sold off some of their cars at the beginning of the pandemic. It would lessen their overhead costs and help to benefit their bottom line. But this led to a lack of available rental cars in the present.
As boating was considered a safer recreational activity during the pandemic, many people attempted to get their own boats. However, with a pandemic-affected supply chain, boat production itself suffered major issues. In addition, this also affected deliveries.
Hurricane Laura caused a massive fire at a BioLab chemical plant in August 2020. As a result, chlorine has become an expensive commodity this year. Prices have doubled and there’s no sign they’ll drop anytime soon.