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Working through the supply chain: Gas stations and convenience stores

They are faring better than they did during portions of this summer, but Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann hopes you remain patient with gas stations and convenience stores as they work through supply chain disruptions. Working with several different vendors just to keep the shelves and coolers full has been commonplace for managers like Baumann, who had to deal not just with shortages of different products but also drivers to deliver those items. While some product lines have come back, others like medical supplies, sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages are still a guessing game some weeks. Baumann says they have had to scramble to fill their needs, even going to other local businesses when they are in a pinch for certain items.

A lack of qualified drivers could also start hitting you at the gas pump.  The gasoline price and availability tracking website Gas Buddy reports refineries are producing plenty of gasoline. National Tank Truck Carriers says they are short 50,000 drivers to deliver that gasoline. The advocacy group is calling on the government to offer better training opportunities and more efficient CDL testing and issuance processes to get more trucks out on the road.

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