An Industry Insider Just Revealed The Truth About What Is Really Behind The Shortages At Our Local Supermarkets

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    This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

    The supply chain crisis that our supermarkets are facing is far worse than the mainstream media has been telling us.  The mainstream media keeps trying to put a happy face on the “temporary” shortages, but an industry insider has let me know what is really going on behind the scenes.

    This particular insider runs a grocery store in Maine, and he says that things are as bad as he has ever seen.  In fact, he says that he has “never seen anything close to what is happening now”.  The email that he sent me the other day greatly alarmed me, and I asked him if I could share it with all of you.  He gave me permission to do so, as long as I didn’t use his name.  I haven’t received an email this startling in a long time.  As you read this email, I think that you will quickly understand why I am saying that…

    I’m self employed for 25 years, now, independent IGA affiliated grocery store in coastal Maine.

    Supply issues are real! My supplier has limited us on orders for about a month now (limited the physical number of cases we can order)

    Their issue is/was mainly the help crisis in their warehouse … order pickers and truck drivers. Same story everywhere, I know. Many of the items your reader commented about in this article are the same here … very limited gatorade, and gallon water is sketchy at best. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. I’ve not seen many supply issues in produce, rather poor quality issues there. Much more than normal. Deli / bakery … yes, lots of out of stocks and “long term unavailable” as my supplier likes to word it on the invoice.

    In the center store – dry grocery … like others are saying, tons of out of stocks.

    Meat supply is “fair” but pricing is extremely high. Shockingly high to me. The middle class is slowly being destroyed with these prices hikes … death by 1000 cuts of sorts, I guess.

    My Frito Lay delivery person tells me that he is getting 55-60% of what he’s ordering. My last Nabisco order had 30% out of stocks. Over the years, we always get 99-100% of what was ordered. Pepperidge Farm Cookies … he tells me some weeks he’s only getting HALF of what he orders. These folks all work on commission …. if they don’t (or can’t) sell it to me … they don’t get paid. Or get paid less. When we place our liquor order (twice a week) out of stocks there are running 30% most orders. This commodity was ALWAYS 99.5 to 100% fill rate over the years …. always.

    It’s frustrating. As I said … self employed 25 years, and worked for Kroger for 25 years before that … so 50-51 years in this business.

    Never seen anything close to what is happening now. Add to that — a far left governor, and both houses here in Maine democrat controlled …. I just know we are on the verge of another mask mandate, and a lock down of sorts would not surprise me again as we move into the colder months. As you’ve seen I’m sure, Maine is in the news with COVID case surges (so they say)

    I come to work every day just holding my breath for what is next … for our business and the 35 people I employ here in Maine.

    This industry insider is trying to order normal quantities, but his suppliers are often unable to completely fulfill them.

    As you can see from the email, the shortages are widespread, and this is the worst that they have been during the entire pandemic so far.

    If there is something that you need to stock up on, I would grab it if it is still on the shelves, because pretty soon it may be completely gone.

    On Friday I went to the grocery store and they were out of several things that I wanted to purchase.  Unfortunately, we continue to get more confirmations that this is going to become the “new normal”.

    For example, according to Bloomberg meat reserves in this country have plunged to dangerously low levels…

    A U.S. report Wednesday showed beef reserves down 7.7% from a year ago in August. Poultry supplies slumped 20% and pork bellies, which are sliced into bacon, dropped 44% to the lowest levels since 2017.

    In most cases, supermarkets still have meat on the shelves, but it is definitely a lot more expensive than it used to be, and we are being told to brace ourselves for more price hikes in the months ahead.

    Of course, other types of retailers are facing severe supply shocks as well.  A few days ago, another reader sent me an email in which he described what he is seeing at his local pharmacy…

    The big issue, however, is at the local drug store; Rite Aid. The place is thin at best and stripped in some areas (last week there was no Zinc available). The beer cases are notably sparse. The main issue, however, is at the pharmacy. Six or eight months ago you could walk in and have your prescription filled inside of 20 minutes. If you called in the prescription the day before it was waiting for you. Not so any more. Yesterday I went to pick up an RX for my wife that had been called in last week. Not only was it not ready but I had to wait an hour before it was filled. There were nine cars in the drive up queue. I opted to walk in and it was nearly as bad. The young woman that helped me was clearly not local with bicolor hair and a large, glaringly obvious, in your face, Baphomet symbol around her neck.

    I had a chat with the manager on the way out and asked him what was up with the Pharmacy staffing. I hadn’t seen the regular pharmacist for a few months. He blamed it all on the city for not having any affordable housing (lame) and mentioned that Albertson’s pharmacy, Albertson’s and Ridley’s were all very short on help (true).

    Right now, dozens and dozens of drugs are in short supply.

    In fact, the official FDA drug shortage list has 149 entries on it right now.

    That is the most that I have ever seen.

    As shortages persist, retailers are going to start implementing more limits.  Last week, we learned that Costco has already started to pull the trigger

    Costco on Thursday said it was reinstating limits on purchases of toilet paper, paper towels and bottled water.

    They don’t call it “rationing”, but that is essentially what it is.

    And we are also being told to expect significant price increases because supply chain issues are causing costs to go through the roof

    Costco this week joined the long list of retailers sounding the alarm about escalating shipping prices and the accompanying supply chain issues. The warehouse retailer, which had a similar cautionary tone in May, was joined by athletic wear giant Nike and economic bellwethers FedEx and General Mills in discussing similar concerns.

    The cost to ship containers overseas has soared in recent months. Getting a 40-foot container from Shanghai to New York cost about $2,000 a year and a half ago, just before the Covid pandemic. Now, it runs some $16,000, according to Bank of America.

    I have been warning that rampant inflation and shortages were coming for a long time, but a lot of people didn’t want to believe me at first.

    If you were one of those doubters, do you believe me now?

    During the first half of this year, many economic optimists assured us that the U.S. economy would be “booming” by this point.

    But instead, our economic infrastructure is being shaken on a very basic level, and we are facing enormous price hikes and very painful shortages throughout the rest of this year and into next year.

    Events have begun to slide out of control, and it certainly wouldn’t take too much to push us into a full-blown avalanche.

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      11 Comments

      1. Woogie

        I knew last spring once Biden forces Death Vaccine Mandates the country will lose 1/4 of it’s work force. He already screwed things up paying people to not work. He also paid farmers to plow under their crops. Upon it all came the drought so it is the Perfect Storm. This all effects the supply chain, it’s going as Biden planned it with his puppeteers

        Biden is responsible for the Healthcare shortage from HIS Vaccine Mandates and pushing it, killing and disabling those who take the shot who used to work, and killing patients in Covid ICU wards. Many nurses have quit because of this.

        How those Godless democrats love to kill themselves by putting Biden in office so badly they cheated for him. Voter fraud has consequences. Satan eats his own. Wait until the cold and flu season starts in full swing.

        My advice, stay away from the vaccinated, they will be vectors of disease.

        • Anonymous

          Losing a quarter of the workforce isn’t a big problem, we’re bringing in millions of migrants to replace them.

          It lets us get rid of the people we don’t wand and replace them with the people we do.

          A good deal by anyone’s standards.

      2. Jocko

        There are numerous problems to be solved on workers. The problem is no just in the US but worldwide.
        1. The China virus killed a lot of people ealry on to populous China’s profit.
        2. Americans that could retired early, many at 62 rather full retirement age, rather than work with masks on all day or submit to unknown new vaccines.
        3. Many women figured out they were working for almost nothing wtih high childcare costs, and decided to stay home, or find a work from home job.
        5. The virus early on killed healthcare workers and scared others out of the field, expect healthcare worker shortage for long time to come.
        6. The government paid people to not work, and people figured out how to game the system, and continue to not work.
        7. Mandates for masks and vaccines for essential workers are pushing people to other jobs where there are not those requirements like the gig economy. Watch for black markets.
        8. Under Biden heavy government regulations, unlawful mandates, and self-defeating policies are hamstringing businesses and limiting employment.

      3. Anonymous

        Proverbs 29:2 , “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” -KJV

      4. Anonymous

        The items that are mentioned as limited groceries, are not actual food. Frito Lays, Nabisco, and Gatorade is not ‘groceries’ It’s toxic crap.

      5. Darkwing

        Remember the gas shortage in the early 70’s. Gas went from 20 cents a gal to 60 cents a gal in just a few months

      6. Apache

        First of all this is like a BIG jigsaw puzzle and you can’t see the big picture until you get the puzzle partly finished. So what this means the leftist/NWO knows this and so they have a huge window before the majority wakes up and see what is happening and by that time they hope it will be to late to stop them. Once you control everything you depend on to live you only have 2 choices, submit and rebel.
        They are banking on submit as most of these couch potato’s are to lazy to rebel.

      7. Christian Soldier

        When a nation forsakes the Lord God, the Lord God forsakes the nation…

        Psalm 9:17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

        Yet within the nation the Lord God has always reserved for Himself a remnant…the ones who will speak the truth and speak out against the abominations against the Lord.

        The US has become a modern day Sodom and in such the nation will burn like Sodom…men sleeping with men, women sleeping with women…mothers ripping babies from the womb…

        Read on if you dare….

        Unless we as a nation turn back to the Lord God Almighty, we are on a one way ticket to hell… Now for the truth… of why the US is headed on a path of destruction…

        What is going on??? the US has broken her covenant with God…the covenant that George Washington made with Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth and all it contains…and since the US has broken her oath of following ALL of God’s ways…the Lord God has no choice except to bring judgment upon the US….read below for the words of President Washington…a most humble man…

        now buckle up and get strapped in tight for the party has just begun…you wanted debauchery, you wanted sin upon sin upon sin…well now the Lord has come to repay for the sins of the US and forsaking Him…

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        George Washington’s Covenant with God

        April 30, 1789
        Federal Hall
        New York City

        The debate was over. The arguments had been presented. The federalists supported this new document because they believed it was necessary for this young nation to prosper. On the other hand, the anti-federalists feared that the new constitution gave to much power to the federal government. Would states lose their autonomy once this new document was ratified? After four grueling months of debate the new constitution was ratified and the states had to decide who would be their first president.

        George Washington was chosen unanimously as the new nation’s first president without a single dissenting vote. Now once again, after wishing to end his life of service to his country and retire back to his farm, Washington again answer’s the call to serve his country. For George Washington was truly a man who did not seek power. In fact, he detested power. He sought personal honor. But he never sought accolades. He believed in service to his country.

        It was time for George Washington to go to the new nation’s capital, which was in New York, and accept another responsibility and trust that was bestowed upon him. For George Washington was truly a man whom was trusted by the people of the United States. For the thirteen states would have never accepted the new constitution if Washington had not given it his seal of approval.

        The young nation feared a strong central government. They feared the new Constitution would create a government that would trample on their rights. They feared another monarchy. For what good was the revolution if a new monarchy at home would replace the old monarchy abroad?

        The thirteen states were apprehensive at first in ratifying this new Constitution. And there was only one man whom could put their minds at ease. That man was George Washington. The only man whom they would entrust with this new power.

        Washington gave the very first presidential oath and the very first inaugural address. On that cool, April Day in New York City Washington also followed in the footsteps of the Biblical heroes of old making a covenant with God. David. Solomon. Josiah.

        God honors covenants. He would always keep His end of the bargain. George Washington knew that.
        The question is would the United States of America keep hers?

        Robert Livingston administered the very first presidential oath of office of this new nation. He was New York’s state Chancellor.

        Washington opened the Bible at random to Genesis 49. Washington placed his left hand upon the open Bible. Washington raised his right hand. Washington then proceeded to take the following oath:

        “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.”

        Washington then bent over and in an act of reverence for His God whom saved him so many times before, he kissed the Bible.

        Chancellor Livingston proclaimed, “It is done!” Livingston then turned to those who were assembled as eyewitnesses to history and shouted, “Long live George Washington – the first President of the United States!”

        George Washington then went inside Federal Hall to the Senate Chamber and delivered the first ever Inaugural Address. Washington opened his address with prayer:

        “It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes.”

        Washington continued:

        “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.”

        Then Washington made a covenant with the God of the universe saying:

        “Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

        In his address Washington made it clear that no nation can expect to be blessed by God (propitious smiles of Heaven) if they turn away from Him. (disregards the eternal rules of order and right) If a nation forgets God she will lose the blessing that God has given her.
        Representing the nation, Washington made a promise that the United States of America would follow God. If she ever broke her promise then she would lose God’s blessing and protection. God would keep His promise. He always kept His promises. Only one question remained:

        Would the United States of America keep hers?

        Today, if we are honest, truly honest with ourselves, we should be willing to admit to the heavens above we have forsaken God as a Nation that was once blessed by the Almighty God. And the Lord God Almighty has no choice but to forsake us as the United States of America by the covenant made to the Lord by General Washington, The President and leader of the United States.

        George Washington may be gone…but the covenant still stands in the eyes of God for a covenant can only end when one of the parties dies, for George was our representative and placed the US under the oath of the covenant …and the US seems to be on her death bed….

        Job 1:21
        New American Standard Bible

        21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
        And naked I shall return there.
        The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
        Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

        Direct from the word of God…

        Acts 17:26 and He made from one man, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined [their] appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.

        Job 12:23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

        Today the warning shot has been fired, what will you do???

        Amos 3:6-7
        6 If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?
        7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.

        Deuteronomy 28:43
        43 The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower.

        Psalm 9:17 The wicked will turn into hell, Even all the nations who forget God.

        Deuteronomy 32:39
        39 ‘See now that I, I am He,
        And there is no god besides Me;
        It is I who put to death and give life.
        I have wounded and it is I who heal,
        And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

        Isaiah 45:6-7
        6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
        That there is no one besides Me.
        I am the Lord, and there is no other,
        7 The One forming light and creating darkness,
        Causing well-being and creating calamity;
        I am the Lord who does all these.

        God says he kills and makes alive, He wounds and He heals…

        God says He is the One who brings calamity and well being…

        So before you dismiss…read and re-read and ask the Lord for mercy in His wrath…

        Praise be to God, to Him be the glory forevermore.

        Are we something to God?…God needs nothing from us…for these words in Isaiah speaks this truth.

        Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing ; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto Him? (Isa 40:15-18).

        How vastly different is the God of Scripture from the “god” of the average pulpit! The modern day Pharisee (pastor) has turned the Lord God into a genie in the bottle to stroke at their will…yet God is stroking the world with His wrath and indignation.

        May the Lord in His wrath, show us mercy.

      8. Charlie

        Container ships are making billions to not deliver goods.

      9. Darth Skippy

        It’s not necessarily wise to post your possessions or food preps, but — whatever is your skill — there is a FB group for that. (Or, tons of other social media.) Chefs and collectors, etc, are lurking and offer top dollar for high quality. If you’re WASP, masculinist, and well-raised, you already know the first steps.

        Business-wise, there are thousands of b2b platforms, each with literally thousands of productive people. When God closes a door, he opens a window. Stay independent of any one(white slaver boss!) or venue or customer. Keep looking for workarounds.

        I don’t have any better alternative for cheap, convenient, tacky merch. My whole life, when I have wanted quality, it never came from any one of these box stores, which were always forever failing, over the decades. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Except, as a discontinued, bargain purchase, you have always had to order-out, from some artisanal producer of baked bread or metal things, etc, etc. if you wanted something fancier, like for a holiday. You are just losing out on a little too much muzak, gas-station and dollar store quality knicknacks

      10. cranerigger

        Consider this: shipping containers are made of steel – many war-fighting machines are made of steel. The cost of shipping containers is way up – is some country using huge amounts of steel to gear-up for another war? Always follow the money to reveal the hidden agenda.

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