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in short supply

Scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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supply and demand

The amount of something available to purchase compared to the number of people who need or want to purchase it. The company has had a hard time figuring out supply and demand on their first product, which has been incredibly popular but very difficult to find in stores.
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be in short supply

To be scarce. Those toys are in short supply ever since that website featured them. Kindness seems to be in short supply these days, so it's nice to see someone being so selfless.
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in short supply

Fig. scarce. Fresh vegetables are in short supply in the winter. Yellow cars are in short supply because everyone likes them and buys them. At this time of the year, fresh vegetables go into short supply.
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supply and demand

the availability of things or people as compared to the need to utilize the things or people; the availability of goods compared to the number of willing customers for the goods. Sometimes you can find what you want by shopping around and other times almost no store carries the items you are looking for. It depends entirely on supply and demand. (Alludes to a principle of market economics.) Sometimes customers ask for things we do not carry in stock and other times we have things in abundance that no one wants to buy. Whether or not we can make money off of a product depends entirely on supply and demand.
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supply someone or something with something

to provide something to someone or something. We will supply you with all the pencils you need. We supplied the committee with ice water.
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supply something (to someone or something) (from something)

to provide someone or something with something from some source. I supplied ice cream to the new restaurant from a very expensive source. We supplied nuts from a pushcart. Frank supplied nothing at all to them.

in short supply

Less than is needed, lacking. For example, Skilled operators were in short supply, or The hotels are all full, and beds are in short supply. [First half of 1900s]
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be in ˌshort supˈply

not be enough of something; be scarce: During the war, many things were in short supply.
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The damage from the two hurricanes has at least two components: the reduction in current supply and increased potential for future output disruptions because of deferred maintenance at facilities not damaged by the storms.
The direct impact of the hurricanes has been measured in the temporary supply loss of refined petroleum products and natural gas.
It's important that we always look for ways to leverage commercial capability to better manage the supply chain.
For example, my team recently visited FedEx[R] facilities to look at best practices because the use of express transportation is a supply chain enabler.
On the server side, explains Thad Dungan, director of global solution marketing, automotive, for SAP (Detroit, MI), vendors are working on standardizing both the supply chain execution and the planning systems on one platform.
Too often, what software vendors and consultants know about a business's needs is intuited from a checklist of software requirements the supply chain practitioner first puts out.
The Consultation Paper proposes to amend the general rule and base the place of supply of services on where the customer (i.
Indeed, an adaptive supply chain approach is especially useful today, when companies are competing in a volatile economic environment and are finding it increasingly difficult to forecast the future performance of their business or marketplace.
Collaborative supply chain planning must be a key objective of any manufacturing company serious about implementing an effective B2B strategy," said Rick Hymer, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Oracle Service Line Leader, North America.
Based on the 1997 supply estimate, the surplus is reduced to 146,000 tons, or by 8%.
SLIM Technologies has been helping leaders in the retail, consumer goods, industrial manufacturing and medical products optimize their supply chain strategies since 2000.
Adopting the commercial business model of supply chain management necessitated some transformation within the agency, including reorganizing into customer and supplier teams, implementing a state-of-the-art enterprise resource planning system, concentrating on enterprise process management and process improvements, and establishing supply chain metrics for internal performance and financial accountability.
Supply chain guys are notorious for improving their supply chains regardless of what their business environment is.
the supply of new technology developed by B) of which the value may not be ascertainable at the time the tax is deemed to become payable under paragraph 168(3)(a), the tax would not become payable until the value is ascertainable.
Acme Resin Corp, 10330 W Roosevelt Rd, Westchester, IL 60153 (312)343-1900 Ashland Chemical Inc, PO Box 2219, Columbus, OH 43216 (614)889-3514 Atlas Foundry Services Corp, Santa Ana, CA Capital Resin Corp, Columbus, OH Delta Resins & Refractories, 6263N Teutonia Ave/PO Box 0936, Milwaukee, WI 53209 (414)462-1200 Eastern Crucible-Refractories, Wallingford, CT L/O Smith Foundry Products Inc, Singer, WI George F Pettinos Inc, Ardmore, PA United Erie Inc, PO Box 1218, Erie, PA 16512 (814)456-7561 United Western Supply Co, Seattle WA Weaver Materiel Service Inc, Po Box 1151 204 W Fourth St, Jamestown, NY 14702-1151 (716)664-5315 Western Industrial Supply Co, PO Box 1429, Tualatin, OR 97062 (503)692-9212