Season of Shortages: Van Nest Auto Parts
Shortages are taking a toll on some mom-and-pop shops, including a local auto parts business that's trying to keep its shelves stocked despite the supply chain interruptions.
Owner of Van Nest Auto Parts Craig Pestone says his family owned business, which has served the Van Nest community for more than 70 years, is feeling the effects of the nation's supply chain crisis. Pestone says parts that use to take days to arrive now can take more than a month or longer.
He says car components made in China have been toughest to keep in stock because of the current supply chain shortage. To meet the demand during the current shipping crisis, Van Nest Auto Parts has been ordering in bulk.
Every shelf inside the shop's three inventory spaces are packed with items and other necessary car parts. The business has hired extra hands to handle the increase of inventory to keep those auto parts on its shelves.
Pestone says during the summer month, his auto parts business started to prepare for overstocking when the country's chain supply shortage first become noticeable. He says ordering in bulk has helped to avoid passing on the extra financial cost to customers.