New York drugstore shelves are empty
New York drugstore shelves left empty at CVS, Duane Reade and Walgreens amid growing supply chain crisis
- New York City Pharmacies See Product Shortages Due to Supply Chain Issues
- The shelves of chain stores such as CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade have been left virtually bare
- Panic buying and stocking among buyers is believed to be contributing to the problem
- Freighters wait up to four weeks to dock at U.S. ports to unload their cargo
- A lack of manpower to unload them and move the goods to the United States leads to a significant backlog
New York City drugstore shelves have remained nearly empty because supplies fail to pass amid continued global pressure.
Stores such as CVS, Walgreens, and Duane Reade are all running out of merchandise.
Supplies are stranded on cargo ships that take up to four weeks to dock in US ports.
The lack of manpower to unload them and transport the goods to the United States leads to a giant backlog.
Experts have warned the government to intervene or face rising inflation and unemployment as growing demand for goods in short supply drives up their prices.
U.S. consumers have already seen prices for everyday items rise in recent months, with economists warning of a prolonged period of inflation that will push up the cost of living.
There are issues with the tissues of this CVS in Queens where they seem to be in short supply.
The shelves of New York pharmacies are almost empty. Pictured is a CVS in Queens
The essential household, from toothpaste to detergent, is out of stock. Pictured is a CVS in Queens
“It looks like the third world,” a Manhattan resident complained to the New York Post.
The billion-dollar backlog of toys, clothing, electronics, vehicles and furniture came amid the 2020 outbreaks caused by COVID.
The United States has since largely returned to normal life – but the demand for goods has increased as people get used to returning to normal.
Americans who were able to save money during COVID lockdowns are now splashing the money, with increased demand more credited with rising prices.
The trillions of dollars in COVID relief printed to help people become unemployed by the pandemic has also been blamed for inflation.
Supply chains are far behind consumer demand due to a lack of manpower at U.S. ports and restrictions linked to the COVID-19 outbreak early last year. These constraints, which include social distancing and mandatory quarantines, have severely limited the number and ability of port workers to do their jobs.
Even the grain department is suffering. Pictured is a CVS pharmacy in Queens
Tissue boxes are hard to find in this Queens CVS
Diapers are also rare in a Queens CVS
The paper towel is a popular item at this Queens Walgreens where the shelves appear bare
Bottled water about to dry up at CVS Pharmacy in Queen’s
Pictured, a Walgreens store in Queens is the snack aisle, with many popular products in short supply
Floor cleaner is another hot product at CVS in Queens, New York that has nearly sold out
“The global infrastructure was not designed to handle goods at such a rate,” a logistics expert, who asked not to be named, told DailyMail.com.
“Supply chains are the artery that feeds our entire ecosystem. The government must step in to stop this crisis immediately, or face rising inflation and unemployment, and an economic crisis – or face the end of world trade.