‘Buy it when you see it’: Retailers dread holiday shortages

  • Ginger Pigg moves boxes of shopping bags in the storage room of her gift boutique The Perfect Pigg in Cumming, Ga. on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2021. The bags should have been delivered in four weeks, but took 14 weeks. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

  • Christine Noh, CEO of Nohble, poses for a picture in one of her stores in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The global supply chain has been buffeted by a multitude of problems, from factories having to close due to COVID-19 surges, a lack of containers to ship items, backups at ports, and trucker shortages. While bigger retailers like Walmart and Target have the power to buy their own containers, use air freight and take other steps to make sure they get inventory, smaller retailers are at the mercy of their vendors, who are increasingly suspending delivery guarantees and sometimes not communicating at all. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Christine Noh, CEO of Nohble, poses for a picture in one of her stores in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The global supply chain has been buffeted by a multitude of problems, from factories having to close due to COVID-19 surges, a lack of containers to ship items, backups at ports, and trucker shortages. While bigger retailers like Walmart and Target have the power to buy their own containers, use air freight and take other steps to make sure they get inventory, smaller retailers are at the mercy of their vendors, who are increasingly suspending delivery guarantees and sometimes not communicating at all. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Ginger Pigg in her gift boutique The Perfect Pigg in Cumming, Ga. on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2021. She says she is struggling to get products to her store in a timely way. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

  • Ginger Pigg in her gift boutique The Perfect Pigg in Cumming, Ga. on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2021. She says she is struggling to get products to her store in a timely way. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

  • Ginger Pigg suggests a gift to a customer in her gift boutique The Perfect Pigg in Cumming, Ga. on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2021. She says she is struggling to get products to her store in a timely way. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

  • Ginger Pigg in her gift boutique The Perfect Pigg in Cumming, Ga. on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2021. She says she is struggling to get products to her store in a timely way. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

NEW YORK — The Perfect Pigg, a gift shop owned by Ginger Pigg, is the go-to place for residents of Cumming, Georgia, to pick up gift items like kids toys and home goods.