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These photos show the impact of shipping delays on stores, with empty shelves and items like bikes and outdoor decor out of stock

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Empty and picked-over shelves have become commonplace at some retailers.

Target empty shelves


The combination of a worker shortage and supply chain issues has made it difficult for brick-and-mortar retailers to keep shelves stocked.

Target empty shelves


I visited four national retailers around Rochester, NY, to see how locations were impacted.

Target empty shelves


Target wasn’t especially disorganized…

Target empty shelves


…though I did notice more empty shelves than usual.

Target empty shelves


Home decor and outdoor furniture areas looked especially sparse.

Target empty shelves


Any kind of seating and cushions were almost completely wiped out.

Target empty shelves


The empty space isn’t surprising –

Target empty shelves


– home decor and outdoor furniture sales have exploded over the last year as people have been mostly stuck at home because of the pandemic.

Target empty shelves


Source: Insider

Furniture has also been affected by the weeklong blockage of the Suez Canal and congestion at other ports, leading to wait times of several months in some cases.

Target empty shelves


Source: Insider

Other outdoor recreation items also had empty spaces on shelves.

Target empty shelves


Despite having an entire wall display, there were almost no bikes on the floor, and only a few helmets.

Target empty shelves


Next up, I visited Burlington Coat Factory.

Burlington Coat Factory empty shelves


As a discount store, I was prepared for some messy shelves and disorganization.

Burlington Coat Factory empty shelves


The store definitely had plenty of empty shelf space.

Burlington Coat Factory empty shelves


The store is in a giant warehouse, though, so it felt like the space was just too big for what the store had to sell, rather than real shortages.

Burlington Coat Factory empty shelves


Shelves that seemed empty because they’d been picked over were mostly in home decor sections, much like Target.

Burlington Coat Factory empty shelves


Marshall’s had some empty shelf space, but nothing too shocking.

Marshall's empty shelves


Summer necessities like beach towels and chairs seemed most affected.

Marshall's empty shelves


There were some stray pieces of luggage without a display. Maybe the rest were all bought up as people anticipate traveling again.

Marshall's empty shelves


Walmart had both empty shelves and messy, overstocked areas when I visited.

Walmart empty shelves


Several aisles looked like they served almost as dumping grounds for whatever didn’t have a place elsewhere.

Walmart empty shelves


The clothing section was one of the most disorganized.

Walmart empty shelves


Like at Target, furniture options were slim and looked very picked over.

Walmart empty shelves


Desks, a must-have in a year of working from home, were mostly gone.

Walmart empty shelves


Even less expensive home decor items like pillows were in short supply.

Walmart empty shelves


Like Target, outdoor products at Walmart seemed to be most affected by shortages.

Empty Walmart shelves


Bike racks were nearly empty.

Empty Walmart shelves


The pandemic shut down the supply chain for bikes while also increasing demand, leading customers to pay two to three times more in some cases.

Empty Walmart shelves


Source: Insider

Helmets aren’t much easier to find, either.

Empty Walmart shelves


All kinds of outdoor toys seemed to be out of stock ahead of summer.

Empty Walmart shelves


Tools like leaf blowers and saws were in short supply at Walmart.

Walmart empty shelves


Many people have invested time and money into improving their outdoor living areas, creating shortages in outdoor decor along with furniture.

Walmart empty shelves


Source: CNBC

Grills, which analysts predict will continue to be popular this summer, were also in short supply. That combined with a possible hog meat shortage could impact summer barbecue plans.

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Source: Insider

Even gardening supplies have been affected in a “nationwide plant shortage.”

Walmart empty shelves


Source: Yahoo News

The National Retail Foundation says that spending will likely shift from goods to services as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, which could alleviate some of the strains on the supply chain.

Walmart empty shelves


Source: Insider

Goldman Sachs analysts predict supply chain disruptions will continue until at least early 2022.

Walmart empty shelves


Source: Insider

Do you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com.