Supply Bottlenecks at Catrike, an adult tricycle manufacturer

An article in the New York Times titled “What an Adult Tricycle says about the world’s bottleneck problems” (August 23, 2021) describes the 500 adult bikes, and $ 2 million in inventory, waiting for a $30 derailleurs from a Taiwanese supplier at Catrike, an adult bicycle manufacturer in Orlando, Florida. The article shows lead times growing from 59 to 87 days from Indonesia to Orlando, container costs increasing by a factor of 5, and supply chain participants hesitant to increase prices. What options do manufacturers have to maintain revenues and ship products in the face of these challenges ? Would 3D printing finally have its breakthrough and see increased adoption ? Should services that redesign products to adjust to available supply see increased adoption ?

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