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03/03/2023

Poll Results: Challenges revisited

There’s a new leader on the top-business-challenge list.

A year ago, HBSDealer asked for readers to share their number-one, top-of-the-list challenge facing their business.

Here is the link to the results of that survey. Back then, “Material/product procurement topped the list with 42 percent of the responses.

What a difference a year makes.

Thhe latest HBSDealer reader survey asked the same question: “What is the number one challenge to your business today.” We offered the same slate of choices.

It turns out, there’s a new leader: Staffing shortages, which jumped from 26 percent in 2022, all the way to  54 percent and top billing in the latest poll, a year later.

Here's a side-by-comparison of the two “top challenge” surveys, taken a year apart.

Source: HBSDealer poll question

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