ATLANTA (CBS46) – If you have to buy a new pair of Nike, there is stock on the shelves, for now, but there is a lot of uncertainty after the new variant of Covid ceases production in Vietnam .
Nike has acknowledged the shutdown of its main suppliers in Vietnam this week. Factories account for 50 percent of Nike footwear exported to the United States. Coupled with a shortage of shipping containers, shoe retailers across the country are struggling.
Better Call Harry spoke with a shoe buyer for Phidippides, the famous running shoe store in Ansley Mall. The store was founded in 1975 by Olympian Jeff Galloway.
“I see us battling shortages for another 10 months to a year,” said Jeff Galloway, showing off a pair of Nike Pegasus. “Yeah, I think I have three pairs.”
Nike released the following statement:
“The health and safety of our teammates, as well as that of our suppliers, remains our top priority. We continue to work with our suppliers to support their efforts in response to the dynamic and unprecedented nature of COVID-19. As we continue to under these circumstances, we expect our suppliers to prioritize the health and livelihoods of their employees and to continue to comply with legal requirements and Nike’s Code of Conduct regarding the granting of salaries, benefits and severance pay. over time and we remain cautious in our planning. “
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