For a year and a half, the Covid-19 epidemic has been disrupting the world economy with a shortage of raw materials. Three months before the holidays, are we going to run out of toys for Christmas?
In a toy store in Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire), the shelves are full. But as the holidays approach, Sarah Palestro, the store manager, has doubts about her supplies. In anticipation of a lack of soft toys and board games, she prefers to let her customers know now.
Before arriving in a store, the toys are stored in containers. 75% of toys bought in France come from Asia. But there are production delays, closed factories, parts shortages that affect all distributors. According to a recent study, 60% of households have planned to anticipate their purchases in October and November, whether on the Internet or in specialized stores. But this anticipation can worsen supply bottlenecks.
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