Supply chain issues are impacting one of New England’s iconic retailers. LL Bean said it’s seeing more back orders due to worker shortages and disruptions in the supply chain. With plenty of time between now and the holidays, the company is telling shoppers it’s best to order items sooner rather than later. The company said it has back-up plans to help reduce delays. “We feel great about our stock levels. However, we know we’re going to be running out and we’re not sure exactly when things are coming in. So, having a backup plan for alternate items really critically important,” said LL Bean CEO Stephen Smith. The company also says record outdoor activity during the pandemic has resulted in demand skyrocketing.
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