Supply chain uncertainty


RAC technicians should expect delays and price increases in goods over coming months as a mix of factors including lockdowns, labour supply issues and stricter safety protocols are all contributing to slowing global production and delivery.

On top of these issues, raw material cost increases, container availability, shipping transit times, reduction in air freight, and demand from international markets are leading to some manufacturers experiencing delays of over six months.

To deal with these supply issues, some companies are attempting to carry more inventory while placing orders well in advance of normal timeframes.