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Your presents may just make it under the tree this year. As the busiest shopping season of the year began with Black Friday, a VCU supply chain expert said there had been a recent drastic improvement in the functions of domestic supply chains, and he was more optimistic than he’d been in a while.

For weeks experts like Jeff Smith, Chair of the Supply Chain Management and Analytics Department at VCU had been urging shoppers to get ahead as the holidays approached amid nationwide supply shortages.

But within the last couple of weeks, Smith said that was drastically changing. “Things are looking significantly better,” said Smith. “Our supply chains aren’t broken. They were just stressed.”

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