EDITORIAL: Restore supply of Kebs quality stickers quickly - 7 months ago, 12 July 19:00
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) must move fast to restore supply of quality mark stickers to avert a looming shortage of basic consumer goods.
While it is understandable that the current embargo is intended to remove fake stickers from circulation, prolonging the situation could create unintended consequences.
The retailers say their current stocks could run out in a matter of weeks.
The shortage is obviously likely to be felt across the board and even affect crucial supplies such as medication.
Past history suggests that price increases, even artificial ones such as those caused by supply shortages, tend to stick for a long time.
Supply chain disruptions also take long to mend, since some of the imported goods have long order periods.
Traders who incur storage charges quickly pass on such costs to consumers in a bid to protect their profit margins.
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