So, these have been slowly growing over time for work in the manufacturing company I work for. This is not the early-COVID kind of issue, this is much more widespread and involved, from unable to get specific parts to unable to consistently line up shipping, or ship per timelines we tell customers. We thought early in COVID things looked good for forecasting. That was premature, it’s hitting really hard right now.
This week alone, my personal anecdotes are:
I have two issues with my 2014 car right now. I took my car in to the dealership but the parts needed are backordered. No ETA. This is for a window and a steering issue. The do have things like brake pads, etc, but more involved parts are holding up a lot of repairs, apparently.
My wife broke her ankle the other day which necessitated a trip to the ER, etc. They are having problems getting some specific medical supplies. They had ONE pair of crutches left. This is a major hospital in Charlotte. The nurse there was working as a temp because of labor shortages and said it isn’t just that hospital, it’s all of them in the area.
Like many here I work in tech. Earlier this year we started getting delays for IT infrastructure needs. As of now it is officially throwing project timelines out the window. We can’t get major server refreshes done, most of our PC/laptop refreshes are on hold and nearly all of our network gear is on long term backorder. Not days or weeks, we’ve been told up to a year for some of these items/large orders.
I read that the new infrastructure bill is supposed to be able to address some things related to this growing crisis but … how could it? This seems like a combination of shipping issues, trucking issues, and manufacturing global supply chain issues all rolled into one. I don’t know where this road is going but I don’t like the look of it.