Scottsboro furniture store continues to see supply delays during pandemic

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WAFF) – Have you recently tried to order furniture and wondered why it could take months or even a year to receive your items?

Well, that’s because there’s still a shortage in the supply chain because of COVID.

Akins Furniture, located in Scottsboro, has served customers in northern Alabama for over 100 years.

Like many other stores, website manager Sonya Blizzard said for the first time that they had to warn customers about major delivery delays due to the pandemic and inflation.

“It has been a nightmare in some ways. What used to be a 6-8 week wait time for most furniture supplies has grown to over 20 weeks, and some things are going to take about a year for our orders to arrive,” Blizzard said.

Blizzard said the delays are caused by a combination of factors, including the absence of workers, overseas shipping delays, shipping price increases, and covid.

To help keep customers happy, Blizzard said they had to issue refunds that impacted their business.

But she said they were able to offset the losses with their large inventory available at their local DeKalb County warehouses.

“We can get container loads in even if they arrive much later. We have product as long as people are willing to buy what we have,” Blizzard said.

Blizzard said they currently have enough staff and sales to keep their doors open.

She would like to remind customers to be patient while dealing with supply shortages.

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