The Washington Post reports that for the third year in a row, the Girl Scouts are facing a problem with their annual cookie season.
"Blame the coronavirus pandemic for the wildly vacillating supply and demand over the past two years: a surplus of unsold cookies in 2021 and supply chain issues in 2022," the Post writes. "This year is seeing similar problems. Last month, the Girl Scouts’s hotly anticipated new cookie sold out faster than Beyoncé tickets, and wound up on eBay for four times the price.
"Louisville-based Little Brownie Bakers this week blamed the familiar forces of supply chain and labor shortages, with extreme weather thrown into the mix, for production delays that have disrupted this season’s cookie fulfillment efforts. Little Brownie Bakers is one of only two companies licensed to make the cookies — and it bakes for the vast majority of Girl Scout needs."
Little Brownier Bakers says that it "has produced more Girl Scout cookies at this time than last year, and our teams at the bakery are working hard to ensure initial orders are filled." But after that, it is hard to know. And, as the Post writes, "As the 2023 cookie season winds down, it’s unclear how the Girl Scouts might mitigate the persistent supply issues — but they aren’t alone in facing these challenges or scrambling for answers."
- KC's View:
I never had a kid in Girl Scouts, so I had to go online to find out if the Girl Scouts have merit badges like the Boy Scouts. The answer, of course, was yes. The list of topics for which Girl Scouts can earn them is extensive. It does not, alas, include Economics or Supply Chain. But I suspect those two might be included in the future, as kids have to learn about the hard realities that affect even the Girl Scout cookies business.