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Shoppers finding shortage of back to school supplies

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Many last-minute back to school shoppers are finding empty shelves instead of school supplies. Tuesday is the first day of school for public schools, but moms and dads we've spoken with are saying the supplies they need are no longer in stock.

Workers at the Target on W. Main Street in Kalamazoo tell FOX 17 they're running low on supplies after college students began shopping weeks ago.

"It's been kind of crazy, we're getting a little low, so we're at a first come, first serve threshold," said Andrew Russo, Target's executive team leader.

Russo understands local teachers and principals are buying thousands of notebooks and pencils at a time, which isn't helping parents.

Many, like Debbie Deboer, are finding stores with limited supplies and empty shelves. "Some things have been in stock, and some things have not," said Deboer. "I think that's what happens when you're waiting until the last day."

Limited supplies and empty bins are forcing parents to travel to multiple locations in search of the right supplies.

"They're dwindling, and we're trying to keep the shelves full for everyone," said Russo. "Once we're out, we're out."

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  • Tom Lowe

    According to the State of Michigan everything a student needs for education must be supplied by the school. That is why we pay taxes. Stop buying supplies, make the schools do their jobs.

  • Missy Winslow

    And yet brick&mortar retailers wonder why they are going out of business left and right? If you do not have what your customers want in stock when they want it, you can not sell it to them. Why would I drive to a store two or three times when I can go to Amazon and have what I need shipped to my door faster and cheaper?

    It is counterproductive to stock winter coats in July and bathing suits in February anymore, because that is not when people want those things. This is the internet age, and if you do not keep up you will be left behind. You have to provide people with what they want when they want it. Winter coats need to be in stock all winter. Swimsuits all summer. School supplies have to be fully stocked from late August through September. Otherwise you will miss out on selling these things entirely because people will buy them online. I find it amazing that such a simple lesson has yet to be learned by these large retailers. I surely don’t feel sorry for them.

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