Coro­n­avirus has many U.S. firms wait­ing for prod­ucts to ship

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

NEW YORK — Many small busi­ness own­ers in the U.S. are fac­ing a short­age of prod­ucts or com­po­nents be­cause Chi­nese sup­pli­ers, who closed for the weeks-long Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day, re­main shut due to the coro­n­avirus out­break. Even own­ers who stocked up in ad­vance of the hol­i­day are wor­ried about a pro­longed out­break. They’re look­ing for al­ter­nate ways to fill or­ders. Some are even con­sid­er­ing mov­ing their man­u­fac­tur­ing to an­other coun­try. Some own­ers say they’ve had a hard time get­ting in­for­ma­tion about the fac­to­ries they use. Oth­ers are in touch with de­sign­ers and get­ting some work done — but they don’t know how long it will take for pro­duc­tion to ramp up again.

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