In the pre-holiday scramble, small businesses see a little bit of supply chain relief
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Although inflation has been running persistently high — minus food and gas, it was 6.6% year over year in September, as measured by the consumer price index — there are signs that supply chain pressures might be easing.
“As far as costs, there hasn’t been a big change per se,” Rollins said. “We’ve kind of minimized costs by switching to a new printer for our apparel line. Everything else has pretty much stayed kind of the same since last month.”
Rollins chief concern has been moving his store to a new location in downtown Jackson. “I’m still kind of getting settled in at the new location,” he said. “We only been open a week now. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us here at this location.”
“A lot of us have been paying exorbitant freight for the past couple of years,” Kesselman said. “But just in the past couple of weeks, [I have seen] two vendors in particular state that they will be dropping the surcharge that they have charged for the past year and a half, effective in 2023.”
“I think we are a small business anomaly as far as not having to increase prices,” Lang Hartman said. “A few things have increased for us, but only by a penny or two per product.”
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