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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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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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Improving these metrics will enhance DLA and supplier business processes as well as the monitoring of customer support improvement.
Because suppliers are provided forecasts for at least 12 months of expected demands and are required to establish surge plans to meet unexpected demand increases, they are better able to stabilize their production lines.
Just at the point where all those huge upfront investments by so many Tier One suppliers was finally going to begin paying off, their domestic OEM customers have basically said, "You know what?
Supplier economic success must be preceded by customer economic success.
Some distributors seem to believe that the only good supplier is an ignorant supplier.
Goods/Products Shipped -- The supplier ships the goods with an itemized bill of lading or packing slip which references the purchase order or contract number.
The supplier should only have to accommodate company-specific requirements in Section III of QS 9000.
As an example, look at how a supplier could use the data flow in the earlier disbursement example: If the presentment is late due to a system problem, does ABC Supplier develop a backup system or method?
W&P says that about 15% of production-size machines are supplied as part of turnkey lines or entire turnkey plants designed from the ground up by the machine supplier.
Chrysler recently sent letters to first-tier suppliers who do at least $1 million worth of business with Chrysler annually, companies that collectively represent about 95 percent of Chrysler's annual spending with suppliers.
And to make that successful, as a supplier ourselves, we've been working very closely with our customers and even our own suppliers to improve technology.
Profile tables of 60 additional suppliers, with key information such as production capacities, export capabilities, key export markets and main machinery installed
Most industry analysis focused on the trend towards supplier tiering and the development of the "Systems Integrators" or "Tier Ones.
Another strategy is to classify supplier services into a menu from which mills can pick and choose considering need, priorities, and budget.