HOUSTON — Parents of small children already know this, but diapers are expensive and the bad news is they are about to get even pricier.
Let’s connect the dots.
Warning from major manufacturers
Two of the big names in diapers have already announced they are raising prices. Proctor and Gamble, which makes brands like Pampers and Luvs, and also feminine care products, warned consumers about the price hike. That comes as Kimberly-Clark, which manufactures Huggies and Pull-ups, said it was raising prices in June.
Why the increase?
It’s a perfect storm that is affecting a lot of goods we buy. Thanks to shipping delays, supply chain disruptions and consumer behavior because of the pandemic. A lot of manufacturers are raising prices. That includes not just necessities like diapers but also furniture, electronics and household goods.
Shipping issues, demand creates delay
Shipping has been a real headache for a lot of suppliers. When the pandemic hit what we bought changed. And as manufacturers in China rushed to fill shipping containers with treadmills and office furniture, ships stacked up at ports. Some are waiting weeks to unload. There is even a shortage of shipping containers increasing cost. All this adds up to added cents to your household budget.