âOut of nowhere there will be no supply for a specific product and I have to wait and see when it comes back. ”
This is something small business owner Martha Valdes has had to deal with as national supply chain issues and Port of Miami backups impact small businesses in South Florida. .
A study from the Florida Small Business Development Center found that 54% of small business owners in Florida believe the pandemic has had a largely negative effect on their business.
When the pandemic began, Valdes’ store, La Tiendecita in Westchester, had only been open for six months. Now Valdes says she takes things day to day when it comes to putting items on the shelf.
âI have experienced shortages of supplies for my shirts, my hats, my mugs, to be able to produce to be able to sell,â said Valdes.
To get around the problem, she says she pre-orders items and even lets customers place orders in the hopes that the shipments arrive and they can get their products.
âIt hurts me, but it’s out of my control. I wish I could have everything perfect, but there is not much I can do, âsaid Valdes.
By 2022, more than 20% of companies are âextremely concerned about the supply chainâ, while about the same number say they have âno concerns at allâ.
The same study also shows that 40 percent of Florida small business owners say they are extremely concerned about their business’ earnings going forward.
âThere are pros and cons to shortages,â says Valdes.
She says some products that weren’t selling before are now selling because of the limited supply.
But what if you want to refuel quickly to keep your inventory full?
âThey’re rushing them out. The quality when they arrived was poorly managed and half of my products were damaged, âsaid Valdes. âI know they are trying to do good and are trying to rush the expedition. I lost a lot of money on this because half of my merchandise was unsaleable.
But even with shortages, people still choose to buy local.
âIt’s more suited to the community,â said Ashley Wojnar, a Miami resident, âinstead of a big corporate world, where I can help a local business.â