If you want evidence that supply chain problems have left companies and consumers with a tougher row to hoe, look no further than this: a shortage of garden gnomes, plastic and otherwise.
That's right. The BBC reports that garden centers in the U.K. are woefully out of stock of the diminutive decorations and linked it to general shortages of garden furniture and other home products.
They blamed it on an increase in demand, coupled with shipping and manufacturing problems in the pandemic and exacerbated by short-term hiccups from the recent Suez Canal ship blockage.
Of course most of the attention about the world's supply chain problems have gone to bigger concerns, like a shortage of microchips stalling auto production or the European plastic processors trade group sounding warnings about resin shortages unlike what they've seen before.
Still, the garden gnome shortage is clearly a thorny situation for some.
One center reported it hadn't had a garden dwarf of plastic, stone or other material in stock in six months. The industry's trade association pointed to the popularity of gardening in lockdowns creating real difficulties for supply chains.