Shopping for a new refrigerator or stove? Global supply chain shortages are causing significant delays, with some consumers waiting more than a year for appliances to arrive.
“I wish I had something really positive to say, but it’s kind of hope for the best. As far as possible for anyone contemplating a renovation or even a custom home construction of that nature, the key issue is planning ahead and ordering ahead, ”said Ron Rapp of the Vancouver Home Builders Association. , to Consumer Matters.
In his 15 years as the owner of the Vancouver-based Appliance Outlet, Lazar Ilic says that many retailers have been hit hard by the supply chain crisis with lower-than-normal inventory and fewer types of appliances in the living room. exposition. “The supply issue has been a problem for the last year and we are lucky to have something in stock at the moment,” said Ilic.
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Semiconductor chip shortages, labor shortages, pandemic-related factory closures, and logistical challenges are contributing to home appliance shortages.
“Since January 2020, there have been significant shipping disruptions with each COVID-19 in a different part of the world, ”said Greg Wilson of the Retail Council of Canada. “These (appliances) are not products that are generally made in North America, so they need to be shipped or parts of them need to be shipped to other parts of the world.”
It is a situation that has the industry calling for a change.
“I hope the manufacturer starts making some things locally, maybe in the United States, Canada or Mexico and can supply the things that are needed. It really is out of our hands as private retailers. It really depends on the people who are doing it, ”added Ilic.
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The Home Appliance Manufacturers Association told Consumer Matters that in some cases the supply chain schedule has doubled or tripled. “The appliance industry is urging legislators to take steps to alleviate supply chain damage while working 24 hours a day to deliver appliances that are essential to our daily lives,” said the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers in a statement.
As for when consumers and retailers can expect some relief, some industry experts are forecasting well into next year.
“It’s getting better. It’s normalizing, but it’s taking a long time to normalize. My expectation is that for at least the next six to nine months we will be experiencing some of the problems,” Wilson said.
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