It wasn’t easy running a small retail business during the pandemic. Everything that was challenging the big players was even more challenging for mom and pop. Sadly, the same trend is holding as we move from the hardships of the quarantine to the impediments of the great global supply chain backup. There’s a line of containerships waiting to come to port and the big retailers are getting first dibs. WaPo (Gift Article): In the supply chain battle of 2021, small businesses are losing out to Walmart and Amazon. “Small retailers and manufacturers, already crushed by large national brands during the pandemic, are being disproportionately walloped by delays, shortages and other supply chain disruptions ahead of the holidays.” (Try to give some love to your local retailers. It’s the little things…)