- impose /imPOHZ/
- disruption /dis-RUHP-shuhn/
- widespread /WAHYD-SPRED/
- surge /surj/
- import /im-PAWRT/
[verb] – to officially force a rule, tax, punishment, etc. to be obeyed or received
The government imposed a nationwide ban on smoking in all public places.
[noun] – the action of preventing something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected
The tourists are facing bad weather disruptions.
[adjective] – existing or happening in many places and/or among many people
Europe is dealing with widespread unemployment.
[noun] – a sudden and great increase
There has been a surge in global housing prices last year.
[noun] – goods bought by one country from another
Our country is in dire need of coconut imports.
Due to a resurgence in panic buying, Costco is struggling to find trucks, drivers, and shipping containers to deliver products to its stores. Meanwhile, local lockdowns have affected Nike’s factories in Vietnam and Indonesia, which produce three quarters of its footwear. Currently, it takes around 40 to 80 days for products to arrive from Asia to North America. Since the re-opening of economies, retailers around the world have seen widespread disruption amid a surge in demand for imports. The shortage crisis has also been affecting the production of toys, timber, and pet food. Other brands like toymaker Hasbro and sportswear brand Adidas have warned of potential supply congestion looming over the holiday season.
- What are your country’s top imports?
- What products do you stockpile in times of crisis?
- If you were a CEO, how would you prepare your company for global supply challenges?
- Do you think that product delays and shortages are inevitable during a pandemic?
- In your opinion, how can product shortages and delays affect holiday shopping around the world? Give examples.