Another paper shortage? What the latest disruptions in supply mean for you (

The early months of the pandemic led to shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, meat and more. And a year and a half later, at least one supply chain in the U.S. is still experiencing disruptions.

The nation’s paper supply is running thin, impacting envelopes, books, paper bags and beyond, NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders reported on TODAY Tuesday. One bride-to-be planning a wedding for November, Gabriella Santaniello, told TODAY that her invitations were delayed for weeks because her vendor didn’t have enough paper to print the envelopes.

“I panicked. I didn’t expect for them to come back with that answer,” she recalled.

Another impacted industry? Booksellers. Barnes & Noble saw a surge in sales at the height of the pandemic but could deal with supply chain issues during the holiday season.

“The problem comes as we get closer into the holiday and really close to Christmas when some books start selling a bit more than we expect,” Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt told TODAY. “Then there’s a problem because then you can’t reprint and or rather the capacity for reprint is limited.”
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