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Apr 3, 2020, 1:07pm EDT
  • October 19, 2022

    Oops, we forgot to fix the supply chain

    Some experts say it never really broke.

  • September 28, 2022

    Chips are the new oil. There are no reserves.

    Computer chips are ubiquitous, but they’re only made in a few places.

  • March 18, 2022

    The neon shortage is a bad sign

    Russia’s war against Ukraine has ramifications for the chips that power all sorts of tech.

  • January 2, 2022

    Where have all the truck drivers gone?

    Pandemic supply chain disruptions are exacerbating a yearslong trucker shortage.

  • December 21, 2021

    How omicron broke Covid-19 testing

    Rapid tests are sold out everywhere, and help might not come until next year.

  • December 14, 2021

    The history of the metal box that’s wrecking the supply chain

    Shipping containers, explained by a historian.

  • November 24, 2021

    Inflation isn’t just a US thing

    Supply chains are screwing with prices for a lot of the world.

  • November 22, 2021

    The supply chain crisis, explained by Adele

    Blame Adele for vinyl record delays — but also Fleetwood Mac and Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift.

  • November 22, 2021

    It’s time for Americans to buy less stuff

    The supply chain crisis has made holiday shopping more unpredictable this year — even if you buy early.

  • November 22, 2021

    Americans are mad about the economy, but still ready to shop

    Inflation and supply chain woes aren’t stopping shopping, but they’re changing it.

  • November 10, 2021

    The chip shortage has a silver lining

    For some, the chip shortage has turned into a windfall.

  • November 10, 2021

    Is there a Thanksgiving turkey shortage? An investigation.

    The best Thanksgiving turkey might be the one you can get.

  • November 5, 2021

    Shipping is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

    Holiday season shipping is making supply chain problems worse, but there’s hope for next year.

  • October 24, 2021

    Supply chain chaos and inflation could last into 2022

    Experts agree that high prices and low supplies aren’t going away just yet.

  • October 16, 2021

    No, the supply chain mess is not a war on Christmas

    Despite what conservatives say, Joe Biden is not trying to ruin the holiday shopping season.

  • October 7, 2021

    Supply chain havoc is getting worse — just in time for holiday shopping

    The most popular holiday gifts might not arrive in time for the holidays, even if you order now.

  • October 6, 2021

    The great book shortage of 2021, explained

    Demand for books is way up this year. Supplies are way, way down.

  • September 2, 2021

    You can buy stuff online, but getting it is another story

    Supply chain delays, shortages, and delivery issues are here to stay.

  • August 5, 2021

    The chip shortage is getting worse

    The semiconductor supply crunch came for cars and phones. Now consumers are facing higher prices.

  • April 9, 2021

    Why a global chip shortage is screwing up America’s pickup trucks

    Disruptions in the global high-tech supply chain spell bad news for Chevy Silverados and Samsung phones alike.

  • May 29, 2020

    Oh great, now we’re running out of bikes

    Demand for bikes is surging, but the supply chain is still catching up.

  • April 3, 2020

    Trump ordered more N95 masks. 3M says his tactics could make the shortage worse.

    As millions of respirators keep surfacing, health care workers say they need more.