Expanding your holiday shopping options during supply chain crisis

If the kids in your life have specific wish lists this holiday season, it may

If the kids in your life have specific wish lists this holiday season, it may be time to think beyond your normal gift-giving strategies. Supply chain struggles are forcing companies and customers to keep up with keeping shelves stocked and competitive prices.As part of WLWT’s Money Monday series, King Arthur’s Court in Oakley shares its shift in plans to stay ahead of the unique holiday shopping season. Manager Rob Kearney said customers have been holiday shopping since October. Kearney says he has had to be creative with how and what he is ordering to fill King Arthur’s shelves. Kearney credits King Arthur’s Court’s independent rather than chain status to more easily adapt to supply struggles.”So like if a puzzle company is having problems filling their orders,” Rob Kearney said. “What we’re able to do is look at a smaller vendor and order puzzles from them. So a box store, they can’t really do that as nimbly as an independent toy store can do so when they’re dealing with the red tape. You know, we’re able to deal with a man in the red suit.”Kearney says while shelves are regularly stocked with toys, books, cards and more, customers potentially may have to make adjustments for expectations based on the week’s deliveries. “So sometimes they’ve been looking for a specific item that we don’t have,” Kearney said. “We’ve been able to, you know, kind of show them, ‘Hey, you know, this may not be the exact item that you’re looking for, but at least there’s gonna be that present underneath the tree.’ And they’re gonna be, you know, still happy.”Kearney said the store recently received a new shipment of wrapping paper. Usually, Kearney said, the store still has wrapping paper from the previous year but because shoppers started buying holiday presents earlier this year due to supply chain concerns, all the wrapping paper quickly disappeared. Kearney said he is confident in his staffing abilities to handle the increase in customer visits and sales.Customers are encouraged to shop around brick-and-mortar stores as well as online options to determine the best prices, product availability and shipping options.

If the kids in your life have specific wish lists this holiday season, it may be time to think beyond your normal gift-giving strategies. Supply chain struggles are forcing companies and customers to keep up with keeping shelves stocked and competitive prices.

As part of WLWT’s Money Monday series, King Arthur’s Court in Oakley shares its shift in plans to stay ahead of the unique holiday shopping season.

Manager Rob Kearney said customers have been holiday shopping since October. Kearney says he has had to be creative with how and what he is ordering to fill King Arthur’s shelves.

Kearney credits King Arthur’s Court’s independent rather than chain status to more easily adapt to supply struggles.

“So like if a puzzle company is having problems filling their orders,” Rob Kearney said. “What we’re able to do is look at a smaller vendor and order puzzles from them. So a box store, they can’t really do that as nimbly as an independent toy store can do so when they’re dealing with the red tape. You know, we’re able to deal with a man in the red suit.”

Kearney says while shelves are regularly stocked with toys, books, cards and more, customers potentially may have to make adjustments for expectations based on the week’s deliveries.

“So sometimes they’ve been looking for a specific item that we don’t have,” Kearney said. “We’ve been able to, you know, kind of show them, ‘Hey, you know, this may not be the exact item that you’re looking for, but at least there’s gonna be that present underneath the tree.’ And they’re gonna be, you know, still happy.”

Kearney said the store recently received a new shipment of wrapping paper. Usually, Kearney said, the store still has wrapping paper from the previous year but because shoppers started buying holiday presents earlier this year due to supply chain concerns, all the wrapping paper quickly disappeared.

Kearney said he is confident in his staffing abilities to handle the increase in customer visits and sales.

Customers are encouraged to shop around brick-and-mortar stores as well as online options to determine the best prices, product availability and shipping options.

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