What spot shortage do you predict next?



Tags: Trucking, Manufacturing, Transportation

Good luck finding a truck!

—Lindsey Shellman

Chief Commercial Officer


Your favorite beer. Aluminum and cardboard shortages have been discussed, but little is mentioned about the knock-on effects like AB InBev/MillerCoors buying up most available supply, resulting in microbreweries struggling to package their product.

—Jason Murray

Co-founder and CEO


Parts in general. It seems like any time something breaks, from refrigerators to pool equipment, replacement parts are all on backorder. The fact that the shortages are so widespread speaks to the fragility of our “just in time” supply chain today. I expect PPE and other medical supplies will suffer shortages next. Not to mention a shortage of healthcare workers who are leaving the profession due to burnout.

—Belinda Rueffer

Director of Marketing


The ongoing shortage of semiconductors and chips will result in a global shortage of electric cars, as electric car manufacturers will lack semiconductor components. Companies like Arrival, producing electric buses in the UK, or electric truck manufacturer Rivian, supported by Amazon and Ford, are already experiencing difficulties in the supply chain. Arrival’s capitalization has dropped by 150% and Rivian has postponed the supply of its electric pickup twice already.

—Dmitri Fedorchenko

CEO and Co-Founder


The path of product shortages is similar to the path the virus has followed in some ways. It’s now shifting to more discretionary products that businesses tend to keep smaller amounts of, like clothes and furniture. We’ll see the same products impacted as we head into the holiday season.

—Lior Elazary

CEO and Co-Founder

inVia Robotics

Talent is the biggest shortage we should be worried about. A mixture of demographics, the need for changing skill sets, and perception/PR of logistics roles have conspired to create a talent crisis within our industry. I worry about the needed talent to ensure all goods flow without (additional) shortages.

—Neil Wheeldon

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

BDP International

I don’t think there will be a shortage like we saw with toilet paper, but they are happening. Ocean containers, space on vessels, and transportation capacity in general are historically difficult to secure. What will probably happen is a shortage of domestic flights due to the Delta variant. Airlines are suffering and I’m guessing they will start to park aircrafts soon.

—Chris Peckham

VP, Operations


We’ll see continued shortages that impact logistics, including plastic packaging, shipping pallets, and other products that are instrumental to moving goods globally. The days of “Black Swan” events in terms of supply shortages are long gone. Business disruptions are now the norm and not the exception.

—Jennifer Bisceglie



High-tech components are next. Toilet paper was the oddest shortage. The pandemic caused panic-buying from a fear of food or disinfectant/paper products running out for families. People would think there were shortages, but panic-buying meant that stores could not keep up with typical turnover rates with the worker shortage.

—Reo Hatfield

VP, Business Development (LTL)

TA Services

Medical facilities are short on a range of supplies, and this could only get worse. Shortages of masks and gloves from the early days of the pandemic have spread to many other medical items in the United States and Europe, from exam tables and heart defibrillators to crutches and IV poles.

—Adhish Luitel

Industry Analyst, Supply Chain Management and Logistics

ABI Research

The industry continues to face shipping capacity shortages, alongside accelerated consumer demand. As China and Thailand face congested ports and COVID lockdowns, we’ll continue to see shipping delays and potential shortages of goods such as coconut, rubber, and other products from those regions.

—Mark Robinson


UPS Capital

Expect spot shortages in industries and manufacturers that remain impacted by COVID and restrictions as labor constraints continue to grow. It’s important teams get ahead of the impact by maximizing efficiencies in the processes and people they have in place while planning for ongoing impacts in the future.

—Alex Wakefield


Longbow Advantage

We have the perfect recipe for a grocery supply chain crisis. Retailers are still feeling the residual effects of post-lockdown challenges. Layer into this reality global issues such as closed borders, import and supplier challenges, extreme weather, and now, the natural gas shortage.

—Patty McDonald

Head of Solution Marketing Symphony RetailAI

Christmas presents. To avoid a “Nightmare Before Christmas,” retailers should be placing holiday orders for Chinese-made products earlier this year. If not, a global shipping backlog could mean shortages. You don’t want to be the little boy or girl that Santa Claus forgot.

—Richard Howells

VP, Solution Management for Digital Supply Chain

SAP Ariba

Order your holiday gifts early this year. Looking back, semiconductor shortages this vast have surprised me the most. They are so integral in almost every aspect of modern life, you would think we would protect the ability to produce them on demand.

—David Spencer

Director of Business Intelligence

Arrive Logistics

We have been driving our supply chains to be lean and just-in-time. That works fine when your environment is relatively stable, but what happens when disruption impacts both your supply—inventory dries up—and you encounter unpredicted spikes in demand? Supply chain leaders need to understand that running too lean saves working capital, but also creates vulnerabilities to shortages.

—Guy Courtin

VP and Industry Principal, Retail


Anything can happen as we’ve seen interruptions ripple out in previously unforeseen ways. Spot shortages of a few obscure components led almost all major auto manufacturers to slash production forecasts by double-digit percentages this year, which is indicative of just how intricate and fragile the global supply chain is.

—Danny Ramon

LE Connect Manager


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