WACO, Texas – Businesses across the nation are experiencing shortages in products and workers – but local businesses in Waco are adapting.
Rossana Costa owns Hobby Town, and says it goes in phases. They have had shortages in a little bit of everything. She says they have had to start buying more quantity. For example – instead of buying for a month, they buy for 90 days.
“You got to protect yourself from being without product in the long run,” Costa said.
“You really, really have to think ahead. Like, do I need three cases of this, or do I just need one?,” says Sironia co-owner Holly Harris.
City Ranch Boot Company owner Jay Kelly says he imports his exotic leather to make his boots – and he’s seen major delays in air-freighting.
“You can see we have a lot of inventory. And so, I make sure that I just order in advance,” Kelly said. “I mean, I don’t expect someone to deliver something to me in six to eight weeks.”
Sironia is a local business which sells retail and has a restaurant. They have seen shortages across the board in their business.
Another shortage issue for Sironia and the Gathering Board – finding their usual packaging and to-go boxes.
“We’re seeing that they’re harder and harder to get,” says Gathering Board owner Jessica Galow. “So things are starting to change – how we package things, what we package them in.”
The one thing Kelly has learned throughout this season of shortages is how to be patient with suppliers.
“They know it’s a bad thing,” Kelly said. “You just answer with with grace and kindness.”