This will be a stressful time for retailers who depend on getting inventory for holiday sales. One of the difficulties when buying goods from overseas is to know when you will be receiving these items. Working with a freight forwarder could help with these delivery issue since they are experts at moving goods especially through the port system.
Trying to buy products locally, selling alternative products and gift cards could help retailers with the current holiday season. Retailers need to get creative on what products they can sell if they are waiting on shipments. The holiday shopping season will happen and plenty of revenue and profits can be made if they act now with alternative products and services to sell.