Electric razor sharpeners are sold out on the shelves of Walmart and many other retailers, leaving many customers with little choice but to order from online retailers like Amazon or Best Buy.
“It’s not a matter of whether they have the product, but rather, whether they can fulfill orders in time to meet their demand,” said Brian Phelan, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Stone in Stamford, Conn.
“If they can’t fulfill orders, then they’re out of business.”
Walmart’s electric razor sharpeners are selling out on Amazon and other online retailers, according to a retailer spokesperson.
Amazon, which has more than $2.3 billion in annual sales, has said that it expects to be able to fill orders by late this month.
Walmart is also expanding its supply of electric razor blades.
Walmart said Tuesday that it would increase the availability of electric blades to 50% of its stores by September.
Phelan said he expects retailers will need to continue to stock up, adding that he thinks retailers could run out of supplies by early next year.
As a result, he believes consumers will want to buy more electric razor products.
“If they have to wait a few weeks, they’ll get another supply,” he said.
According to Phelans forecasts, retail supply is likely to increase to around 2,500 electric razor sharps per week by the end of 2018.