For months, women in the U.S. have been complaining about empty shelves that once held personal care products.
Following the rise in gasoline prices, another problem arose in the US. Disrupted supply chains and soaring inflation have hit a pain point for every woman – pads and tampons. Many American women complain that hygiene products are now difficult to find, writes CNN.
Leading manufacturers and retailers this week finally acknowledged that there is a shortage of feminine hygiene products in the United States. Although numerous complaints about the lack of pads and tampons have been circulating in the social networks for several months. The problem, “which no one is talking about,” was only brought up publicly after an article was published in Time.
“I couldn’t find anything in the stores for months,” a user wrote on the popular Reddit site. – “I have to order tampons on Amazon, but the price list is off the charts.
“I wonder if I’m crazy. I went to a lot of stores, and I couldn’t find anything,” admits another user.
According to Bloomberg, tampon prices are up nearly 10 percent from a year ago. However, representatives of virtual marketplaces deny information about inflated prices for feminine hygiene products, noting that “sellers themselves set competitive prices for their goods.
The shortages are most likely due to supply constraints on basic materials such as cotton and plastic. The disruption of supply chains started during the coronavirus pandemic, but after the launch of the Russian special operation the situation worsened even more. In addition, a severe drought in Texas contributed to the deterioration of the situation.
Paradoxically, the manufacturers of hygiene products are also justified in saying that their conveyor belt does not stop for a minute and works 24 hours a day without days off.