After massive declines in 2020, over the course of 2021, more people have shown a willingness to get back to normal life and do things they were doing before COVID came along and disrupted everything.
At this time, Christmas holiday plans are running into some issues. For starters, thousands of flights have been cancelled since the day before Christmas Eve. The cancellations of flights persists and there’s no clear time when this will come to a close.
However, not all is lost. During 2020, holiday shopping levels fell to notable lows. However, over the course of this year, increasing numbers of Americans have gotten back into the spirit of holiday shopping, reports Washington Examiner.
A Closer Look at Christmas Holiday Shopping in 2021
Between the start of November to Christmas Eve, holiday shopping rates were higher than they were in both 2019 and 2020. 2021’s holiday shopping rates are 10.7% higher than they were in 2019 and 8.5% higher than they were last year.
The areas of holiday shopping with the greatest gains include jewelry, clothes, and online sales. The rise in holiday shopping this year also coincides with the surge in Christmas travel levels in 2021.
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These trends very clearly indicate that growing numbers of people are tiring of lockdowns and various other restrictions that stop them from living their everyday lives.
The increase of people shopping for the holidays comes amid reports of the omicron strain of COVID. Thus far, omicron’s been determined to be a milder version of COVID. Symptoms of the strain are furthermore reminiscent of the common cold.
The Supply Chain Issues
When it comes to the rise in holiday shopping, the demand for product may very well rival the levels of supply. For several months now, issues with bottlenecks, holdups, and trucker shortages have been making holiday shopping much more challenging.
Christmas trees, for instance, are harder to come upon this year. Due to the massive disparities between supply and demand with Christmas trees, the prices have gone up as well.
U.S. e-commerce sales jumped 11% in this year's holiday shopping season, according to a Mastercard SpendingPulse report, underscoring the role of the health crisis in transforming customers' shopping habits https://t.co/2IHfohs5NI pic.twitter.com/fPYO8VM3UU
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Even during the holiday seasons, some stores are having a harder time with keeping their shelves from being empty or half empty. This poses challenges for shoppers who have been looking for various presents or even essentials during the holidays.
Thus far, there is no word on when the supply chain issues are going to be handled and resolved once and for all. At the very least, problems with the supply chain are going to remain ongoing during the earliest parts of the new year.
What do you think about 2021 holiday shopping levels surpassing those seen in 2020 and even 2019? Will 2022 be the year in which more people finally get back to normal once and for all? We want to know what you think below in the comments area.