Pandemic economy supply-chain challenges affect local small business | WDVM25 & DCW50

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — We’re hearing about it more and more: how market disruptions during the pandemic have crippled the supply chain. It’s a worldwide problem, but even small businesses in places like Hagerstown have to adapt.

Farmers are used to getting too much or too little rain. For a Hagerstown small business, abnormal is normal.
After running a family printing business for 50 years, Sam Wright shows up for work every day expecting the unexpected. So word of shipping logjams, worker shortages and rising prices for such basic raw materials as paper doesn’t throw Sam into a state of panic.

“There’s never a perfect mix in business of the right amount of staff, business and resources,” said Wright. “There’s always something a little out of balance.”

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