Back-to-school shopping is always a nightmare. This year, expect it to be even worse.
While parents may be used to encountering shortages of items like sneakers, backpacks and gadgets later in the season -— which typically lasts from mid-July through the end of August — products are expected to be in tight supply even earlier. That means shoppers could find themselves picking over the handful of ugly backpacks and bento lunch boxes with missing pieces left at the store as early as this month.
…categories in most danger of shortages include backpacks, stationery, sports equipment, laptops and tablets.