LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Supply chain issues have wreaked havoc on the United States in the economy across a slew of industries throughout the first half of 2022.
Here in the Commonwealth, the same notion applies.
Businesses across the state have had to deal with a whole slew of supply chain issues.
Local contractors are having it harder than ever before, making jobs nearly impossible to complete.
“Until my rep messages me and says we got product in the store, I’m not working. It is a scary time right now,” said Pressure Clean & Seal’s Romeo Welch.
Welch has been power washing and staining decks in central Kentucky for almost three decades, but he took to Facebook saying in part that he may have stained is last deck for the extended future due to his supplies being all out of stock of deck stains.
For Welch, work is not a problem whatsoever. He just is not able to fulfill those jobs without the product he needs, essentially putting him in a standstill.
Welch’s business is not the only business struggling to fulfill demand as local hardware stores have had shelves stocked, particularly on items you may not have expected.
“Extension cords, spray paints, there’s garden equipment that we are out of,” said Manager of Chevy Chase Hardware Will Edwards. “Just items that you wouldn’t think would’ve been impacted by an epidemic.”
As for now, the best thing businesses can do is to find alternative solutions to please customers.
“We are more so trying to fill in with different brands that we may not normally carry,” Edwards said. “But we are trying to make sure that we keep products here for our customers.”
Using other brands is good and all, but it is really only a temporary solution.
“Currently I am [using other products] but I guess they’re soon to follow maybe, I’m not sure,” Welch said. “All the other places may be running out of product also.”
With a lack of supply, businesses have had to increase prices as a means to fill in gaps.
“We’ve tried to keep them very much in line but we have had to honestly raise a few prices,” said Edwards.
One of the few things that makes this whirlwind easier, it is by having customers whom are understanding.
“They totally get it, they totally understand. Everybody’s been real good about it,” Welch said.