A scarcity of drivers in supermarkets might result in MONTHS of barren shelves.
Another grocery crisis is looming in the United Kingdom, as driver shortages could leave store shelves bare for months.
Suppliers have warned that unless the government does more to address the workforce shortages affecting haulage companies, store shelves may remain empty for months. August is a crunch month in the labor situation, according to several logistic companies, as staff take summer vacations. Furthermore, companies that provide bonuses and sign-on fees to recruit drivers exacerbate the problem.
The COVID-19 epidemic has also exacerbated the problem.
Wholesalers are now unable to deliver items to retailers.
Arla, a major dairy producer, announced on Friday that it was unable to supply milk to a fourth of the retailers it serves.
The situation, according to Shane Brennan, CEO of the Cold Chain Federation, is becoming worse.
“Right now, we’re fighting a fire,” he explained. We have a lot of vacancies, but we also have a lot of staff on vacation.” He went on to say, “We have a short-term summer problem.” We’re expecting shelf disruptions – we’re prepared for it.” Logistics UK’s Rona Hunnisett said there was “a pinch point with vacations.”
“These men have been working nonstop since the beginning of the pandemic,” she continued. Ms Hunnisett also advised shoppers to be patient and avoid overbuying.
“There is enough of stock in the supply chain, in all the warehouses,” she explained. And plenty of fresh vegetables farmed right here in the UK.” Several companies, like Tesco, are providing £1000 or more in incentives to attract HGV drivers.
The Road Haulage Association’s Rod McKenzie said companies were offering “huge dollars” and signing-on fees to drivers.
“This is a huge concern because all they’re doing is buying talent from somewhere else,” Mr McKenzie remarked. They aren’t producing any talent.
“We may be paying them more, which is a wonderful thing, but we need fresh drivers,” says the executive.
“My challenge to the businesses is to spend some money on hiring and training new drivers.
” Dairy UK claimed milk collection from farms had continued “despite hauliers being under significant strain,” while many employees at dairies were missing due to the “pingdemic.”
To help recruit personnel, the government could bring forward skilled worker visas for HGV drivers and dairy processing, according to Dr Judith Bryans, the organization’s chief executive.
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