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Stuffed animals. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Retailers are expected to sell more small, squishy toys this holiday season amid increasing shipping costs and a shortage of shipping containers for bigger toys, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Global supply chain logjams have left retailers with empty shelves for customers looking to spend more money this holiday season, Axios' Joann Muller writes.

The big picture: The 20-foot and 40-foot containers used for overseas shipping have become more scarce and it's become more expensive to deliver goods to the U.S., per CNN.

By the numbers: The rate for a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles would be $10,299, up 238% from last year, per CNN.

  • Toymaker Basic Fun can fit about $250,000 worth of Mash'ems and Cutetitos —small, stuffed toys — in a container versus $120,000 worth of Tonka Trucks and Care Bears, per CNN.
  • Yogibo, a furniture company, can fit 200,000 Squeezibo units and 15,000 Mates totaling nearly $2 million in a 40-foot container. The same container would fit just 2,500 blankets for $200,000 in sales.

What they're saying: "It's a simple case of how much sales volume fits in the container when containers are hard to come by," Basic Fun CEO Jay Foreman said.

  • "We're going to pivot to smaller items" this holiday, Learning Express Toys owner Rick Derr said, according to CNN. "If you sell enough of them you can make up the [sales] that we lose not having the bigger items."

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Inflation is driving prices up, but that's not keeping people out of stores.

What's happening: Retail sales climbed for the third straight month in October — and industry experts say holiday shopping could come roaring back this year after a pandemic-induced slump last year.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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Dems fear supply-chain blame

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As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

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