Even now and then - not very often, for we're pretty darn careful not to - we run a client out of one of the true foundations of modern life: toilet paper. And when we do, we send a customer service rep hustling out to fix the problem. And then get out the "motivational two-by-four".
Think of an entire mid-sized country on the verge of running out.
From CNN: "To avoid getting caught with their pants down, Venezuelan officials say they will confront a toilet paper shortage by importing 50 million rolls to meet demand." Can't cover that with a couple of cases in the basement, and the supplier might be hard pressed to deliver enough within 24 hours.
Two somewhat different stories on the origin of the crisis. Government claims that the media (that would be the Venezuelan media that is largely government controlled) has panicked the population into hoarding, and buying out store stock, in anticipation of a shortage; also that supply firms are holding product back in anticipation of higher prices during such a shortage. Or:
"But businesses and the political opposition say government policies, including price controls on basic goods and tight restrictions on foreign currency, are to blame. The regulation discourage production, and many producers can't break even with the price controls, they say."
Brings to mind our gas lines back in the 1970's, caused in part by price controls on the piping used in oil wells, which kept American production down.
The article concludes, "Other hygiene products, such as tooth paste and soap, might also be imported in bulk to meet demand..."
So we might see more on the subject. Imagine with me a mid-sized country with no TP, but also with no soap.