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Why Can't L.L. Bean Keep the Darn Duck Boots in Stock?

Standards? Stubbornness? PR?

L.L. Bean struggled to keep up with demand for its popular duck boots last holiday season and wound up with 100,000 back-ordered pairs and no way to make them fast enough. Since then, the Maine shoemaker has shored up its manufacturing operations so it wouldn't happen again.

It's happening again.