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Shipping bottleneck at ports off the California coast is making its mark on local business owners

Shops like Bird in Hand are having trouble getting things made overseas. Mainly from Europe and China.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 6:58 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 9:46 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Many of the shelves in the Bird in Hand are fully stocked but not all of them.

Thad Winzenz is the owner of Bird in Hand. He said it’s taking up to six months to get things delivered that he would normally get in just a couple of weeks.

He said the store has a system in place to keep the shelves as full as possible, even when supplies are tight.

“We are definitely having a challenge keeping things well-stocked,” Winzenz said. “The saving grace that we have is we have some people here that were paying close attention to what was happening, and they were paying attention months ago and realized we need to plan much further ahead."

Winzenz said they are the most difficult time keeping Ravensburger puzzles in stock.

He said he does have some concerns about getting enough supplies for the holidays and has been working hard to stay ahead and get products in earlier.

Other stores in downtown Chico are also feeling the impacts.

Birkenstock said they are having a hard time getting enough shoes for all the feet that walk through their doors.

There are some shelves with empty spaces where boxes of shoes normally sit inside of the store.

One employee said he has never seen the inventory so low.

The problem is the store's inability to consistently fill orders since January.

“Given that Birks are our bread and butter that is really important to have on our shelves and we have been writing down list and list of names and styles that people want just stuff that we should have in but haven't been able to get,” employee Daniel Solors said.

Solors said their sandals and activewear are the most difficult items to keep stocked right now.

The store is supposed to get a big shipment later this month and hopes it will be enough to get them through the holidays.

Today, the president met with labor leaders and major retailers as they try to repair the supply chain announcing the port of LA will now be open 24-7.

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