I need to make my latest weekly trip to the grocery store later today, and it’s gotten to the point where that phrase is actually a misnomer for me. Because of the supply chain disruptions and all of the other pandemic-inspired complications we’re living through, I don’t make grocery store runs anymore. I make trips to multiple stores as part of a single run — specifically, to a backup store and even a Plan C store, if need be.
According to a report last month from a firm called Resilinc, supply chain disruptions soared almost 90% by the end of 2021. Per The Associated Press, meanwhile, the Omicron Covid variant is still hampering some product availability in grocery stores — as is a shortage of truck drivers. And bad weather, like we’ve had here in Memphis where I live (and which caused power outages for tens of thousands of people). The larger point, though: This is just a weird time, a reality illuminated by the grocery store experience, of all things.