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Experts advise getting jump start on holiday shopping as pandemic impacts supply chains in South Carolina – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-08 19:42:23 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) — It may seem early to start thinking about holiday shopping, but experts say you may want to start early rather than later.

This is because pandemics and high consumer demand are still affecting the global supply chain.

In a recent news release, South Carolina Port called the slowdown in cargo speed due to a number of supply chain constraints a “concern” as the busy fall season arrived.

During the pandemic, the United States monitors record imports as people spend more on retail goods than on services.

“We come from the harbor for furniture, household items, electronics and their nature. There is an upward trend in the harbor,” said SC Port’s spokesman and digital media general manager. Kersi Brewer said.

SC Port moved 234,688 TEUs at Wandwelch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal, and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in August, setting a record for the month. It processed 130,729 pier containers in August, an increase of 12% over last year. 2,635 rail transfers were processed at the inland port Dillon.

Port officials said the investment helped keep up with recent demand and growth.

“In the last few years, the port has invested over $ 2 billion in infrastructure,” Brewer said.

Brewer said holiday shopping should be considered earlier this year due to its impact on the supply chain.

“If you have a product in high demand, buy it now, rather than defer it,” she said.

Some companies along the Grand Strand are directly facing a slowdown in their global supply chain.

“Someone came in and wanted this sofa, but I don’t want this color, I want another color,” explained Charles “Chuck” Shots, co-owner of 501 Furniture at Myrtle Beach. “And now I don’t want to wait four to six months, so that’s a big deal, but when I go to other stores, I find it the same everywhere.”

Shotts hopes that supply chain slowdowns will improve by next year and will be able to ship faster.

Meanwhile, SC Ports is hiring about 150 new workers to accommodate the increasing volume.

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