Nike shoes harder to find as new Covid variant closes factories in Vietnam | Better call Harry

ATLANTA (CBS46) — If you need to pick up a new pair of Nikes, there’s inventory on the shelves, for now, but there’s a lot of uncertainty after the new Covid variant halted production in Vietnam.

Nike acknowledged the closure of its major suppliers in Vietnam this week. Factories account for 50% of Nike shoes exported to the United States. Coupled with a shortage of shipping containers, shoe retailers across the country are struggling.

Better Call Harry spoke to a shoe buyer for Phidippides, the popular running shoe store in Ansley Mall. The store was founded in 1975 by Olympian Jeff Galloway.

“I see us struggling with shortages for another 10 months to a year,” Jeff Galloway said as he showed off a pair of Nike Pegasus, “Yeah, I think I have three pairs.”

Nike released the following statement:

“The health and safety of our teammates, as well as that of our suppliers, remains our top priority. We continue to work with our suppliers to support their efforts in response to the dynamic and unprecedented nature of COVID-19. As we continue to face these circumstances, we expect our suppliers to prioritize the health and livelihoods of their employees and to continue to comply with legal requirements and Nike’s Code of Conduct regarding the payment of salary, benefits and severance packages are dynamic for the long term and we remain cautious in our planning.”

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