Alcohol shortages? Supply Chain Disruptions are Getting Real!

I vividly remember a conversation I had with my older brother during the first few weeks of the shutdown last year.  We were joking about the run-on toilet paper and he said, “As long as we don’t run out of alcohol, we’ll be fine.’’  We laughed and I assured him I had enough wine in my house to make it through a prolonged shutdown.  He reminded me that he is not much of a wine drinker.  I reminded him that beggars cannot be choosers.  I also thought there is no way I am wasting my good wine on someone that does not appreciate it.

Well, here we are over a year and a half later and we have alcohol shortages.  A lack of liquor bottles is being blamed.  No supply chain is immune from the challenges we face with shipping, raw materials, and labor.

When you are in the middle of the storm, it feels like there is no end in sight.  The supply chain challenges are “transitory” as the Federal Reserve wants us to believe.  Of course, no one has put a stake in the ground and said what transitory really means.  My crystal ball is hazy but my best guess is six to nine months before things start to normalize in most supply chains. 

In the meantime, remember the line from the great philosopher, Homer J. Simpson: “Alcohol, the cause of and solution for, all of life’s problems.”  It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.    

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