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The toymakers' (supply chain) nightmare before Christmas...

The Toymakers’ (Supply Chain) Nightmare Before Christmas

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Star Wars toy accessories are seen at a Target store on October 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Star Wars toy accessories are seen at a Target store on October 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

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Supply chain crises have been hammering businesses for months. But it's especially tricky right now, when retailers are counting on reliable shipping times to deliver on holiday sales.

Normally, the system just works. This year, it's not.

Today on the show: a toymaker's nightmare before Christmas. We talk with Basic Fun! CEO Jay Foreman about how the current situation has wreaked havoc on his company's bottom line and has forced them to create a military-style operation around the supply chain.

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