As we near the end of 2021 supply chain issues might not be over
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the timing was absolutely awful for businesses that sourced their products from China because the virus’s first wave of rapid spreading occurred during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Many of the people who worked at the factories in Shenzhen – factories that produce 90 percent of the world’s consumer electronics – were at home celebrating the holiday with their families and were unable to return because of lockdowns. For a while, many products simply stopped flowing out of China.
As we near the end of 2021, it’s still seemingly impossible to read any website relating to business or consumer news without seeing something about how the world’s supply chain issues still aren’t over yet. Some people are saying that shipping delays could become so bad that people who don’t start their shopping for the holiday season soon could end up not getting their gifts on time.
The vaping industry is somewhat unique in that virtually all of the industry’s devices and accessories come from Chinese factories. It’s also unique because regulatory changes in the United States made it very difficult for some American consumers to buy vape gear and vape juice online in 2021. So, will supply chain issues continue to disrupt the vaping industry in 2022? The answer to that question is “most likely.” In this article, we’ll explain why. First, though, let’s look at some of the reasons why the industry had so many supply chain issues in 2020 and 2021.
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