How Pandemic May Already Be Impacting Holiday Shopping, With Gifts Possibly Facing Big Delays

Most people might not be thinking much about the holidays now, but for those who want to be absolutely sure that they get the gifts they want on time, the time to start shopping and ordering is fast approaching.

The reason for the wildly early concern? A backlog of container ships is stuck off both the east and west coasts of the U.S.

At an outlet mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey, casual shoppers in September are starting to get nervous about holiday shopping in December. That’s because just down the road at the shipping terminal sits one of those logjams of container ships. A map shows the ships waiting

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