As the last few straggling states ended their lockdowns and businesses began their ongoing furious hiring spree, many breathed a sigh of relief as a sense of relative normalcy seemed to be returning to the world. Even the dreaded supply chain issues, which many considered a harbinger of economic doom, seemed to be easing.
China, as it so happened, did not seem to get the memo. Still pursuing an increasingly unattainable ‘zero-COVID’ policy goal, the country began shutting down some of the biggest and most important cities in the country as it struggled to get a handle on surging case numbers in the wake of the highly virulent Omicron variant hitting its shores.
Some of the cities and municipalities hit with strict lockdowns, including Shanghai, Suzhou, and Tianjin, function not only as major economic and industrial hubs for the country but some of the busiest ports in the world. Needless to say, this is once again putting major stress on a global supply chain that had barely just started recovering from last year’s crunch.
It’s estimated that more than 300 container ships are stuck idling outside of Shanghai’s ports, a 66% increase month-over-month from March and April. Most of the country’s ports are facing similar struggles as they deal with their own lockdowns or face increased redirected traffic.
With residents struggling to acclimate to apartment-bound lives in Chinese cities, the rest of the world faces an unprecedented clog in the international shipping chains. Some major multinational corporations like Apple are scrambling to find new manufacturing facilities outside China, but many are stuck with few good alternatives.
For consumers, that means that skyrocketing prices for basic goods are here to stay for the near-to-mid future. Everything from refrigerators to new furniture may see significant raises in price and delivery time.
As companies struggle with increased input costs and a difficult labor market, the added expense of new furniture is becoming a luxury few can warrant. With new out of reach, many companies are looking for used options to outfit their newly opened offices.
Used office equipment comes at a vastly discounted price and is often in almost mint condition when sold. Companies can get full sets that offer both a stylish aesthetic and full functionality with minimal costs involved.
Readers looking to see where they can buy used office furniture in southern California are highly recommended to get in contact with the good folks at Creative Office Design, a local company that’s been in the game far longer than the current crises. The company provides both the furniture and design services, meaning you can rest easy knowing experts are handling how to layout your office to maximize the functionality and efficiency for your employees.
Creative Office Design has a wide selection of some of the most sought-after brands in office furnishings and offers a variety of customization options, including variable height desks and materials to match the office’s planned aesthetics. If you are looking to reopen your office and need a quick turnaround time on your workplace furnishings, we highly recommend you get in contact with them at:
Creative Office Design