What is happening: Suppliers of key household items are now raising prices again, leaving retailers to deal with the backlash from consumers.
Why is this happening: Rising transportation costs have led to suppliers hiking prices to increase their own profit margins.
2018: This comes after previous hikes through 2018, during which they were also trying to offset rising commodity prices.
Retailers: This passes the buck along to retailers, who must decide whether to roll with the hikes and face consumer backlash, resist the hikes and take a hit on profits, or fight back against the suppliers and look elsewhere for their goods.
Dropping costs: There may be some good news of the horizon though, as trucking costs appear to be on the decline. Lower fuel costs and capacity exceeding demand has carved a much brighter future for shippers.