Happy Tuesday, Daily Money readers. Jayme Deerwester back with you, trying to hold on to that Thanksgiving vacation zen for just a little while longer.
Are you getting fed up with empty shelves and higher prices at the grocery store? So is the Federal Trade Commission, which on Monday ordered Walmart, Amazon and Kroger to turn over information to aid the agency’s investigation of ongoing supply-chain issues.
Along with understanding the reasons behind the supply chain disruptions, the FTC’s study will examine “whether supply chain disruptions are leading to specific bottlenecks, shortages, anticompetitive practices, or contributing to rising consumer prices.”
“Supply chain disruptions are upending the provision and delivery of a wide array of goods, ranging from computer chips and medicines to meat and lumber,” FTC Chair Lina M. Khan said in a statement.
Those retailers, along with other large wholesalers and suppliers including Procter & Gamble Co., Tyson Foods and Kraft Heinz Co., have 45 days to provide the requested documents.
Let’s shift to our:
💡 INSIGHT OF THE DAY: It will take a few weeks to get a sense of how the new omicron variant of the coronavirus will affect economic growth. But it’s unlikely to prompt another wave of lockdowns, predicts Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.
“We are broadly assuming that there will be new waves of infections, but that each wave will be less disruptive to the health care system and economy than the previous one,” Zandi says.
But while omicron’s economic toll is expected to be less painful than previous waves, it is likely to further intensify worker shortages, supply-chain snags and inflation.
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Today’s lyrical snippet comes from Fugazi and goes out to anyone waiting for a package to arrive and hoping it didn’t wind up in that Alabama ravine: “I am a patient boy. I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait. My time is like water down a drain.”