COVID, labor shortages create Girl Scout cookies supply delay in Colorado
If you're looking for Samoas and other specific Girl Scout cookies, you may have a harder time this year.
What's happening: The coronavirus, labor shortages and extreme weather are leading to delays in getting cookies in Colorado.
- About 600 troops initially received partial orders Feb. 6 after five trucks carrying 17,437 cases of cookies were delayed because of a winter storm, according to the Girl Scouts of Colorado.
- The four varieties most impacted are the new Adventureful, as well as Samoas, Trefoils and S'mores.
Why it matters: The delays may lead to unhappy customers and provide a novel economics lesson for the scouts, who essentially serve as their own small business owners.
- Moreover, the fundraiser — the girls get 81-cents of each box sold — helps them cover the cost of experiences where they earn badges.
What they're saying: "Even Girl Scouts aren't immune to supply chain and labor shortage issues that are hitting so many businesses right now," CEO Leanna Clark told Axios Denver.
By the numbers: The council said it has received 3.5 million packages, which is more than the 3.3 million sold a year ago, so leaders are optimistic the disruptions are minor.
- "It doesn't mean you can't find them, it just means the girls may not be able to meet everyone's cravings," Clark said.
Zoom in: Denver's Troop 66735 is new to cookie sales and played it conservative with their initial order.
- But it means they may fall a few hundred dollars short of the revenue goals in the budget the 7- and 8 year-olds created, said Meredith Genova, a Brownie mom.
- The money the girls raise will go to seven experiences — from learning about zoo animals to painting — and 10% will go to charities that collect ocean trash, improve animal welfare and more.
The bottom line: "We are teaching them about being resourceful in the face of adversity," Genova said.
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