Small, Midsize Retailers Search More For Nearby Suppliers: Report

Small, Midsize Retailers Search More For Nearby Suppliers: Report

According to various reports, troubles in the supply chain have threatened to take a bite out of retailers’ profits all year.

Kearney released research estimating that supply chain issues could cost North American clothing and footwear companies between $9 billion and $17 billion in lost EBITDA this year. The company reached that conclusion after taking into account the impact of the omicron variant of Covid-19.

Small and midsize businesses’ shift to suppliers closer to the U.S. is part of a broader nearshoring transition, Capterra noted in its report. The coronavirus pandemic has made clear that suppliers, governments and vendors need to fix the global supply chain before it’s disrupted again in the future.

“The biggest surprise in the research is that nearshoring is happening much faster than predicted at small businesses,” Olivia Montgomery, associate principal supply chain analyst at Capterra said in a statement. “What’s less surprising, but equally critical, is the shift we’re seeing toward collaborative procurement. Supply chains are becoming less of a back-of-the-house ‘secret recipe’ and more like a joint collective where everyone benefits.”

Small and midsized businesses aren’t the only ones affected by rising prices. To cope with inflation, consumers have been buying their holiday purchases early, spending less, comparison shopping and turning to financing.