Shreveport businesses expect shipping delays for upcoming holiday season

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - ArkLaTex businesses are preparing for the holiday season early this year, as shipping delays and supply shortages are expected to be a problem.

Many retailers say they aren’t going to have much product for the holidays. Others say they are experiencing major shipping delays and price increases due to COVID-19.

“In our non-Merle Norman items, we have gifts and things for the holidays, so those companies are running about five weeks behind on shipping,” said Tamara Lamb, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics in Shreveport.

To make sure you get all your items on time, Lamb said it is best to start shopping early.

“In past years, we could re-order and get things here in a week, but that’s not the case. You do need to prepare and shop ahead,” she said.

Craton Cochran said a majority of the bikes he has at his shop were purchased months in advance.

“Don’t count on us as retailers being able to re-supply what you may see today because what you see today was actually ordered two seasons ago, said Craton Cochran, owner of Bikes Etc. ”

Both Lamb and Cochran both suggest their customers start shopping for Christmas early.

“In past years we could re-order and get things here in about another week, but now since that’s not the do need to kind of prepare and shop ahead,” said Lamb.

“My suggestion to customers right now is if you see something that you want or know you’re going to want for Christmas, buy it now,” said Cochran.

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