Empty shelves greet Minneapolis shoppers

Consumers are paying more for the products that are available as inflation has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years.

Kyle Hooten/Alpha News

Empty shelves are greeting shoppers across the country as the nation continues to grapple with supply chain dysfunction.

At one Minneapolis Target, goods like paper towels and toilet paper were almost completely out of stock this week. There was also a visible shortage of items such as eggs and frozen goods.

“Experts” have blamed the empty-shelf phenomenon on a number of issues, such as worker shortages, increased consumer demand, a truck driver shortage, and port backlogs.

Others, such as President Joe Biden, have denied that any sort of crisis exists.

“Earlier this fall, we heard a lot of dire warnings about supply chain problems leading to a crisis around the holidays. So we acted,” Biden said shortly before Christmas. “And the much-predicted crisis didn’t occur. Packages are moving, gifts are being delivered, shelves are not empty.”

But more than 50% of Americans believe the Biden administration has done a “poor” job of handling what they view as a supply chain crisis, according to one poll.

The issue isn’t unique to Minnesota. Congressional candidate Cory Mills posted a video Wednesday of empty shelves at a Whole Foods in Virginia.

Meanwhile, consumers are paying more for the products that are available as inflation has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years.