‘Where is it?’: Unless the ‘pingdemic’ is rectified, supermarket shelves will be empty ‘in weeks.’
Food shortages have been reported in supermarkets in recent weeks as a result of the pandemic’s interruptions. Despite the fact that the problem is becoming more serious, customers are being advised not to panic buy.
In the week coming up to shoppers discovering empty grocery shelves, more than 600,000 Britons were estimated to be self-isolating after being “pinged” by the NHS Covid-19 app. Customers have begun to notice empty shelves in supermarkets such as Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury’s.
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, stated on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House Programme: “We are facing a collapse of the supply chain in the next two to three weeks, meaning even wider gaps on store shelves.”
“This is a crisis in this business on a scale we’ve never seen before, and the government is putting its head in the sand.
“It is a failure to recognize the gravity of the situation.”
The NHS track and trace app has “pinged” over 1,000 of Iceland’s employees, forcing them to stay off work, according to Richard Walker, the company’s CEO.
“A number of stores have had to close,” he told the BBC, “and the danger is that as this thing grows exponentially…it may get a lot worse a lot faster.”
Food deliveries to supermarkets are also said to be delayed due to a shortage of HGV drivers.
It comes after customers spotted empty ice cream shelves last week during the UK’s heatwave.
“Nearly all the ice cream in Tesco is gone,” one user tweeted.
“Can’t seem to find any ice cream or bottled water anywhere,” another added.
“We have good availability of ice cream across our stores,” a Tesco representative stated.
“During the recent warm weather, we’ve witnessed a surge in client demand for ice cream and lollipops, but our staff are working overtime to keep our freezers stocked.”
People in the United Kingdom have been urged not to store food or buy it in a hurry.
Ministers granted exceptions for some workplaces, allowing them to avoid isolation if they receive an app notification.
Those working in medical, emergency services, and border control were among those affected.
Unless the problem is remedied, grocery shelves might be empty “in weeks,” according to industry officials.
Other food items in short supply include bottled water and salad bags.
Nestlé Waters, according to a spokeswoman, has “seen demand for our goods surge beyond our expectations.” Brinkwire Summary News