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Are these stories of empty shelves in supermarkets true? If so, what's the cause?

Are these stories of empty shelves in supermarkets true? If so, what's the cause?

PaidTheTrollToll

It's true that the food supply chain is under a lot of stress due to 1. None-covid linked labour shortage. This is mainly linked to Brexit as many aspects of supply chain related on migrant labour from the EU. This is from crop pickers through to HGV drivers 2. Existing labour having to self isolated due to being "pinged" 3. It's summer so there is already increase pressure on the network because of increase sales (this happens every year but with "staycationing" it's even higher than normal). 4. Import issues at the border holding up stock (yes the B word) 5. Idiots in the media causing idiots in the general public to panic buy by showing pictures of empty shelves, some of which are pictures from the start of the pandemic. It's going to take time to recover to normal service but if people stay sensible it's probably won't be very noticeable. Maybe one day you go to the shop and there's no balsamic vinegar, but that's not the end of the world.


ChrisRR

>but if people stay sensible We're doomed


TrumpSteak23

No we aren't. Doing the "only take 1" rule is stupid. If I want 40 packs of toilet rolls i'll just go to 40 different shops. Being sensible is buying as much as you need. I'm not going to trust everyone else to protect my interests.


ChrisRR

I'm going to take a wild guess that you don't need 40 packs of bog rolls


gregsScotchEggs

Well, given how some people are full of shit, you never know


Moistfruitcake

I don’t want to tell you how to panic buy but you’d be better off buying pulses and dried grains, you can clean your arse with a shower head.


Squirtle177

Do I turn it on or off as I slide it between my cheeks?


SuddenlyFondling

Congratulations, you've prisoner's dilemma'd yourself and demonstrated why sufficient people who think like you make things bad.


TrumpSteak23

Just had a read into that. The problem with the prisoner's dilemma is that it writes itself to be advantageous to the both prisoners when they both have the lesser punishment. Two men are in the woods, Man A sees a bear. He tells his friend (Man B) that he's just seen a wounded man, and informs him that he's going to run to the nearest hill to get a better signal to call for the emergency services. He asks man B to go to the "wounded" man to give first aid. He could also tell man B to run away as well. Their chances of survival are slimmer , but they may still survive. He could also fight the bear with man B, but unknown to them they both would fail and die. -------------------------- This is what happens when you write a real life scenario as fiction to prove a point. It gets hilariously wrong. Congratulations on trying, but I know better than to take your stupid twisted analogy as an argument, thank you.


TheNewHobbes

This is what happens when you quickly read a complex theory and think you understand it. The prisoners dilemma shows that collusion is happening when parties pick a choice that is unfavourable as a individual choice but favourable when all parties pick it. They wouldn't make that choice unless they knew the other parties would also make it, but they couldn't know that without collusion.


TrumpSteak23

> The prisoners dilemma ....Assumes that it will be advantageous for both parties to face a lesser punishment. That is not how it works in reality. In reality it's not 2 people it's 70 million. In case you haven't noticed, there aren't any shortages of toilet paper. Meaning that in practice, people didn't have to ration it at all. More would come. I too can write a story where an fly beats superman. Fiction isn't fact unfortunately. Edit: you're just an idiot, have a nice day.


TheNewHobbes

> That is not how it works in reality. It is providing you don't believe every deal is a zero sum game where in order for one person to win another must lose. Something which is very rarely the case and one of the major problems with Trumps trade politics as he believed it to be the only outcome. In most situations a deal leads to all parties being better off or no deal leaving all parties worse off. >More would come. When the problem is failures in the distributions system it's not a case of "more will come" but "when will more come?" Panic buying creates empty shelves because the sudden increase in purchases cannot instantly be rectified by getting the supply to the shops as it's the supply which is the problem not the production. >Fiction isn't fact unfortunately. As your posts entirely prove


The_Kwyjibo

I also wonder how many workers have been "pinged" this week and are enjoying the sun. I'm not being condescending, but if I could have this week off, I probably would have done.


AnAcornButVeryCrazy

The biggest cause is lack of drivers and lack of staff due to being told to isolate. HGV drivers are notoriously shafted in the UK with bad pay and bad working conditions but it always survived because there was someone from Eastern Europe willing to do it for less with shittier conditions because it’s still better than their other options. We were short of drivers before Brexit but Brexit brought this fact out into the open. All it really means is that we will have to produce a new crop of lorry drivers and likely haulage companies will have to pay them more. There are other smaller factors such as the less factory staff because of isolation pings, shelf stackers at supermarkets, panic buying thanks to the media blowing this way out of proportion. The only things that we may actually have a shortage of in terms of food is rice based products because the countries that produce the majority of our rice have been affected by covid. This includes foods like gluten alternatives etc.


The_Kwyjibo

You've missed my point. How many people, in general, have told their boss that they got pinged so they can have a week in the sun? Whether they've actually been pinged or not is irrelevant.


AnAcornButVeryCrazy

Oh wait I didn’t mean to reply to your comment, dunno how that happened. Although yes I do actually agree with your other comment I reckon there’s a fair amount of tomfoolery going on with this pinging.


GodEmprahBidoof

Aye, I'm sure covid has allowed for an increase to the number of "sickies" that have been taken in the past year


quellflynn

I would hasten that most employers would ask for a but if proof... screenshot of the app, or something similar.


HideThePainBrute

Obviously can't speak for every shop/individual but a friend of mine who works at M&S had his managers still push him to come in despite a positive PCR test result because 'he hadnt been told by test and trace to isolate yet'.


quellflynn

Sounds weird. I've heard of people getting notified, taking a test, coming up negative and ignoring the app. But to get a positive test and ignoring it? Seems unlawful to me.


EtwasSonderbar

I got COVID last weekend and have been stuck at home all week. I'd rather have been at work with air conditioning and no fever.


Verthandi-9

Yes but you were genuinely ill. You think that no healthy people have pretended to have been told to self isolate to get a few days off work?


happymellon

I had to travel on the train the Monday after the UEFA finals a couple of weeks ago. All the trains were delays because coincidently they had staff shortages due to a high number of staff self-isolating due to covid.


xruefulxstarx

You forgot the main one, hgv driver pay. There is nearly enough licence holders in the UK to fill the jobs but these people are not driving because the pay is not what it should be. The coop are paying agency £25 an hour right now but there drivers are on £13, Eddie is paying agency £18 but there drivers are on £13. I am a driver for ALDI, are agency drivers are on £2 more than me an hour. Drivers need to be payed more but company's are not willing to do it so drivers are jumping from job to job right now and company's can not say if they will have drivers week to week.


LinuxMage

I did hear that Tesco are paying £26 an hour and that was a few years ago. Might be worth looking into.


xruefulxstarx

Nope, Tesco is paying £20 to there agency. If you already have a job but do not mind agency hold off until September, royal mail always take on agency from September until after Christmas. Last year it was £26 an hour with a guaranteed 40 hours a week, the year before they was paying over £30 so it should be really high paying this year.


avecato

Very true, also its July so lots of workers are on holiday, usually increasing the population of tourist reliant towns so shelves don't get stacked as fast and things sell out quicker in high tourist areas.


Drprim83

This basically covers it. What I've noticed is a shortage of specific items, rather than a general, widespread shortage of everything.


HappyBrenKent

Climate change is a factor with certain types of veg produced across Europe. The weather has been so unpredictable, wet at times, scorching at others, it has played havoc with crop yields. This happened some years ago with just courgettes (if anyone remembers? Supermarkets in the UK were out of them for about a month... But 'hey', it was only courgettes, so most people wouldn't have noticed!). This year has been a nightmare for gardeners, (I work in a big-brand DIY store). Every other customer has been caught out and lost their tomatoes, their cucumbers and their courgettes because of the erratic weather. Multiply this up to the major producers in Spain and Portugal (then add in the Covid and Brexit staffing issues) and it's why stocks of fresh items are low across all shops.


Other_Exercise

> This year has been a nightmare for gardeners I'm not sure. Our allotment has given some killer strawberry yields.


HappyBrenKent

I've had fantastic gooseberry yields this year... My best ever by far! However, I've had the worst for vegetable crops and that's what people are also saying as they come through the tills. Whereabouts are you based? I'm in Kent. The erratic weather patterns we are seeing more of this year are also relatively localised.


Other_Exercise

West Yorkshire, so quite a difference!


Rons_vape_mods

The worker shortage is due to foreign wprkers getting sick of being treated awfully living in shanty towns based on cargo containers paid fuck all and other stuff. The polish have gone back then the romanians. Who next? Latvians? If companies treat workers decently we wouldnt be fucked but no they treat the people willing to do the jobs like dirt and they eventually leave as after amassing as much as possible in a few years they can live comfortable back home for atleast 30% less than it dows here People rent rooms for a couple years do the job in a city on london/city rates save money and then go back to their area for a year or two rinse and repeat and live happily and comfortably. My mate does a similar thing but in my town he works near by for a couple years gets paid and spends a couple years livving of those years of work. Done him fairly well too


_swimbird_

Thanks. Also should point out I'm a remainer, but mainly for pragmatic reasons (the B-word causes various problems in my retirement). Answering each point: >None-covid linked labour shortage. This is mainly linked to Brexit as many aspects of supply chain related on migrant labour from the EU. This is from crop pickers through to HGV drivers Probably a key thing as there are no problems in France. >Existing labour having to self isolated due to being "pinged" Yep, could be "pinging" is sometimes a tipping point that turns a minor Brexit-related issue into a major problem here and there. >It's summer so there is already increase pressure on the network because of increase sales (this happens every year but with "staycationing" it's even higher than normal). Yebbuttt... on the other hand there aren't tourists coming the other way so to some extent ot balances out. (Yeah, I know that Brits travel and French don't, but the UK is presumably not getting Americans, Canadians, Japanese, Aussies etc.) >Import issues at the border holding up stock (yes the B word) But that just means Spanish cucumbers take four days instead of two or whatever and in the longer run there's no effect. (Other than having to pay a bit more to truckers I suppose.) >Idiots in the media causing idiots in the general public to panic buy by showing pictures of empty shelves, some of which are pictures from the start of the pandemic. Yep, always that.


pelicansoup65

>But that just means Spanish cucumbers take four days instead of two or whatever and in the longer run there's no effect. (Other than having to pay a bit more to truckers I suppose.) I have a friend who exports fresh veg (from here in Spain) who says that instead of his drivers taking the trailers all the way to various distribution centres around the UK, they now drop them at the port in Calais and the trailers cross the channel "unaccompanied" and the distribution centres have to send a driver down to Dover (a driver who could be delivering elsewhere) to pick up the trailers. Its cheaper for my friend to have a trailer stuck in the UK than a driver and lorry


LaReineAnglaise53

I do kidney dialysis with Balsamic Vinegar. It IS the end of my world


TheZZ9

There are also many reports from the [USA](https://www.businessinsider.com/truckers-pay-hike-salary-truck-driver-shortage-2021-6) and across [Europe](https://trans.info/en/iru-survey-europe-s-driver-shortage-to-rise-by-10-in-2021-226644) of driver shortages, as well as staffing issues in restaurants etc. It's not Brexit. It's people being laid off during the pandemic deciding that they don't want to go back to their old jobs, they found nicer jobs etc. Personally my local supermarket is fully stocked. I haven't seen any shortages. The reduced bay in my local Asda is often overflowing with lots of packs of mince, sausages, meals etc so they have stuff on the shelf long enough for it to near the sell by date!


fannykneck

Media whipping people up to stockpile Again


_swimbird_

Why?


NellyG123

Because sensationalistic stories generate clicks and sell papers.


TheGr33nKn1ght

Because the media are grief-mongers.


DoricEmpire

Because where there is misery, there is money to be made


caiaphas8

Shits and giggles


ZanzibarGuy

B A N T E R


I_Like_Big_Budds

Not true. My Sainsbury's was completely out of bottled water. The whole isle. No one stockpiles bottled water.


fan_of_fromage

I was in a supermarket today, the only unavailable produce was cucumbers and pain au Chocolat. Everything else seemed to be normal stocks.


HybridReptile15

Cucumbers because everyone’s eating salads because it’s hot


fan_of_fromage

Fortunately there were plenty of ice lollies. I think this is round 2 of the toilet paper fiasco. Everyone will go nuts filling up chest freezers because the media has made them think they are on the brink of starvation.


HybridReptile15

I need to do a big shop(just moved into my own place) I feel like I’m going to look like a panic buyer just for stocking up on none everyday items, I’ll wait a few days, got plenty of beers in the fridge


GnorcDan

If they could swap the toilet paper panic buying for nobbly bobblies and feasts I’ll be happy with that. Its incredibly frustrating when you can’t buy basic items because panicked twits have bought up all the stock


Other_Exercise

Is it just me, but I absolutely craved pasta and tinned tomatoes last March, just when I couldn't get them.


workathomewriter

I was considering eating the little pile of dried beans and rice I put aside last year in case of having to isolate but I guess I'll keep it a bit longer. Also it's too hot to boil beans.


HybridReptile15

Black beans ? I love black beans


workathomewriter

Black beans are my favourite! I should make black beans when it cools down. I think we also have chickpeas, some sort of white bean, and maybe some pinto.


I_am_John_Mac

Cucumbers for Pimm’s.


radeonalex

The ice cream section of my local Tesco and one stop has been annihilated. The only stuff left was obscure vegan ice cream made of beans or whatever.


fan_of_fromage

I just ate the best lolly of my life after my Tesco visit today. It was a del Monte mango smoothie lolly. Can highly recommend.


radeonalex

I've been trying to find three watermelon ice lollies/ice cream... But not found any in stock yet 😒


fan_of_fromage

My daughter wanted these too. We found some in a rowntrees multipack but apparently, Aldi is the place to go for watermelon lollies.


GeePee29

Many years ago I had melon ice cream in Italy and loved it. I've never found any in the UK.


_The_Editor_

> The only stuff left was obscure vegan ice cream made of beans or whatever. To be fair, the vegan Magnums are crackin'


radeonalex

I think even that was gone. It was more the luxury tubs for £8 or whatever ha


workathomewriter

A lot of those are very good too, if you can get over paying £8 for ice cream. I only buy them when they're on offer.


Concerned-Pineapple

Got my Tesco groceries delivered today. Thankfully the large tub of raspberry ripple ice cream I ordered was included and everything else I ordered came too. Had no idea about these empty shelves/shortages so I feel quite lucky now!


TheZZ9

This. I was in Asda a couple of hours ago. Everything looked normal. Certainly no shortages. A week ago the two pint milks were unavailable, but still plenty of four and six pints. But that's back to normal now so don't know if it was a one-off thing.


blozzerg

My local Morrison’s yesterday had full bare shelves. I assumed it was from the weather and people just buying stuff for picnics and parties, it’s only occurred to me since seeing the news that it may be linked to the shortages. As you walk in there’s a long fruit stand and it was empty, think it’s normally berries in that, very little on the other fruit wall. Hardly any herbs. Literally about 5 bags of salad left, managed to grab the last pea shoots and the rest was just a few bags of rocket. No bottled flavoured water, low stocks of normal bottled water. Big gaps on the beer aisle. Big gaps on the crisps aisle. I did see an empty shelf somewhere but can’t remember where, might have been around the crisps. Several fridges down at the deli meat end closed off, no sure if anything was missing or if they’d just condensed everything down. No pork pies though. In the freezer section there was loads of freezers empty and closed off, again I don’t know if anything was missing or if they’d just condensed stuff down. I skipped most of the middle dry/tinned aisles as I only bought salad bits, meats and ice but it stuck me as having a lot more bare shelves than usual.


tmstms

They are true, but I think they are isolated. The main reason is that employees having to self-isolate has produced temporary disruption to supply chains, which in the UK are very 'just in time.' This is largely an effect of the NHS test and trace app. However, it IS true that heatwave-related items (e.g. soft drinks, ice cream) always DO get bought in massive quantities during a heatwave and run out. That's no biggie- it's just that our heatwaves are random enough it's impossible to plan for them. The Brexit effect is a different thing and it's currently largely obscured by the Covid effect.


X4dow

Never heard of this, been shopping today, spent £350 (I hulk shop) as normal, the missus asked how were the shelves, I said "normal, why?" then I heard that people were raiding supermarkets apparently


PaulMac9

HULK ... SHOP!


TheZZ9

They should put adverts on The Hulk. He's basically a giant Banner....


IntraVnusDemilo

Oof.


X4dow

Bulk =)


HistoricalUnion8

This should be a thing!


AlterEdward

I don't know, cos my local Tesco had never been introduced to the idea of stock control anyway.


TheGr33nKn1ght

It's regional. If you live in a holiday / tourist area of the UK, various supermarket shelves will be empty between now and September.


Kalliban27

I couldn't get any original flavour hula hoops, bloody farage!


ihateteatowels

I couldn’t get my seabrook ready salted multipack :(


dwair

With "just in time" multi drop deliveries being standard for years, it only takes a pileup on the M6 or a driver throwing a sickie to produce empty shelves for a bit. Sure there is a shortage of staff across the country due to the way the Delta variant is spreading and that we kinda gave up on social distancing a while back - but I don't think it's much of an issue.


TheZZ9

Yep, the big supermarkets don't really have a "back" these days. The deliveries arrive and all the pallets come off the trailer and are wheeled straight onto the shop floor where its all put onto the shelves. The "back" storeroom is for the odds and sods overflow and the big bulky stuff like cornflakes and 2ltr drinks bottles.


OrangeBeast01

I live in a tourist area and at particularly the start of the summer holidays, everything hot weather related goes fast. Beer, soft drinks, ice cream, BBQ meat, BBQ coals etc. It's obviously been worse the last 2 years with *'staycations'* being way more popular. People will blame Brexit or self isolation if they have a particular agenda they want to push, but it's always going to happen. The supermarkets themselves are blaming isolation so it could be a thing. Or might just be a convenient excuse for not keeping up with demand (for the 20th year in a row).


TheFlyingHornet1881

I was on holiday last week and the supermarket definitely looked less full, the alcohol in particular


workathomewriter

My boyfriend went to Aldi this morning and the only thing they'd run out of was chia seeds.


hyperdriver123

Couldn't get chia seeds from Ocado either, we've had to start rationing the ones we've got left. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS END!?


TheZZ9

We're boned....


_The_Editor_

There were a few empty shelves in Sainsburys last night, and one row of fridges was completely empty. Last weekend my local Waitrose had some empty shelves, and Aldi too. Hard to know whether it's just confirmation bias on my part as I noticed empty spots when normally I'd have just looked past them... At any rate, I'm not going hungry...


windol1

It's a load of crap, the Morrisons I work for has been fine for supply and having the same issues with on time deliveries as we use to have 8 years ago. The only thing we are struggling to stock is prepared salad, which happens every summer and cucumbers, which is probably an import issue. I know Lidl are struggling to keep stores stocked from their RDC, apparently they are struggling with a lack of drivers and pickers ever since Brexit. This is no surprise though, pay people a crap wage and they won't want to work for you, years of big business being able to hold down pay to maximize their bonuses is coming to bite the big bosses in the ass.


as944

I have a family member that works in the local ‘Fresco’ fulfilment depot and they have over 300 people off due to COVID self isolation, other sickness and annual leave. They had to write off £100k worth of fresh produce that they just did not have the manpower to sort and dispatch into the stores. In this case it would seem the ‘pingdemic’ is the likely cause. What a horrendous waste of food. I am told that they contacted as many local food banks and charities as they could to come and get some of the food but it was a very small percentage salvaged.


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avecato

Finally, I hate the fact supermarket's don't have beer in fridges.


Nipso

Not sure it's as cynical as that, I'd imagine it'd just be them saying, "we have no butter, but a surplus of beer, let's put the beer where the butter was".


beetle-of-the-yard

There were definitely some empty shelves in Sainsburys when I went at the weekend and I was unable to get a few things I wanted - tomato puree and frozen sweetcorn are ones I remember. The frozen veg section was really sparse but they did have peas at least.


toon_84

I'm glad it's not only me that has struggled for tomato puree. 3 shops I went in the other day and came out empty handed.


IWillNeverRust

Lack of haulage drivers. Been brewing for weeks largely due to Brexit.


TheZZ9

There are also many reports from the USA and across Europe of driver shortages, as well as staffing issues in restaurants etc. https://www.businessinsider.com/truckers-pay-hike-salary-truck-driver-shortage-2021-6 https://trans.info/en/iru-survey-europe-s-driver-shortage-to-rise-by-10-in-2021-226644 It's not Brexit.


Bunnynutkins

I haven't seen anything but tend to shop at a smaller local store instead of one of the big brand supermarkets. But what I can say is that from working in the packaging industry there are serious haulier issues due to a driver shortage across the UK. Means we take longer to get the packaging delivered, then once it arrives it has the same issue getting out the door and to the supermarkets. And we are just part of the supply chain, getting parts and resources to these factories to produce the goods and food are all having the same issue.


_swimbird_

That rings true, having just read this illumimating account from a Polish trucker: https://orynski.eu/20-reasons-why-there-is-shortage-of-drivers-in-the-uk/


Bunnynutkins

Wow that's a really interesting article! From scanning alone I've heard so many of those issues and that's before even Brexit and Covid. The surveillance was not fun, the main haulier our company uses has cameras in all their trucks which have to be on constantly. Aside from the usual GPS trackers they can also see engine run time and stopping speeds etc Going onto Covid we had so many calls about drivers being refused access to toilets when making deliveries to other businesses. No services to stop at because places like Mcdonalds was all closed. They had a crap time of it, especially in the first few months.


miss_his_kiss

Empty shelves down here in cornwall, but that’s because it seems everyone who can’t go abroad are here.


fan_of_fromage

Although my supermarket seems to have plenty of food in it, I got a delivery cancelled at short notice, which may be pingdemic related.


horbu

Cauliflower!! Useless!!!!


Cobbler91

Are these pictures of actual British supermarkets or ones I’ve seen of empty shelves in Latin America doing the rounds?


VisiblePiano0

Are you saying cauliflower is useless??


lastattempt_20

Went to a supermarket earlier this week - no sign of any shortages at all.


rootsyx

My local coop is fine.


emma_sometimes

In my local big tesco the freezers are half empty. There have been signs up saying they had a freezer malfunction or something but it's been three weeks now.


[deleted]

I keep expecting to encounter a shortage in my local supermarkets but several trips later and I’ve yet to come across a single shortage. A few weeks ago I couldn’t get corn on the cob for my BBQ at the end of the day. That was it.


Alpine_Newt

There are no shortages, just delays in deliveries and then not having enough staff to get the stock onto the shelves fast enough.


SpringerGirl19

My dad went to Aldi today and they had a lot empty shelves. Quite worrying how easily the supply chain collapses.


Buttered_Turtle

I’ve not seen any shortage in any products around my area


Normalityisrestored

Ours has empty shelves but that's just because there's so few of us on shift that we physically CANNOT refill the shelves. One on the till, one doing waste/reductions, paperwork etc, leaves one person to restock the entire shop. Which, in this weather, is regularly being beseiged by holiday makers wanting to have barbecues and salads and beer every night. All the camp sites and B&Bs have reopened, Scottish schools have been on holiday... so, yeah. The warehouse is full of food, we can't get it out there.


HopeCountyDeputy

I work in food retail and our deliveries have been coming late due to driver shortages (pingdemic related, I assume). I've not noticed any particular gaps in product though.


ThunderCuntTheBrave

It’s been mostly fresh fruit in the stores I’ve visited. Co-op had one pack of blueberries left and nothing else. Tesco had veg but no fresh fruit at all. Big Tesco was very low on some fruit and veg but not too bad. None had any Ice lollies but with the heatwave that’s to be expected. Thanks for coming to my shit talk.


toomanychick3ns

Yeah getting random shortages. One week nowhere has broccoli the next it's sparkling water you can't get. No major staples that you can't live without have been out of stock yet. Fingers crossed it stays that way. Keeping the freezer filled up in case.


Redmarkred

I couldn’t buy a courgette the other day in Waitrose the other day because they had sold out.. it was a bloody nightmare!


joop77

My Morrison’s was bare - half the veg shelves empty, bread, tea coffee aisles and freezers empty. Chilled cabinets looked fine tho. I thought it was really odd until I saw the news. Non tourist area but there are always massive queues at all times of day - so I think they have a staff shortage problem at the best of times.


ihateteatowels

Online shopping has warnings about missing and low stock. A lot of things on my usual list are not available. At the moment there were still reasonable alternatives though.


Magicbean96

Not been able to find any rocket lollies nut other than that I've not noticed any empty shelves


MmeChelly

Cauliflower? Useless?! I think the folks over at r/1200isplenty would like a word...


Th3_Hawk_Man

Whenever they urge people not to panic buy, that's exactly what they do. My local Co-Op was cleared out of bread products and the majority of the veg, always think it's ridiculous that people panic buy perishable goods.


Xwls122

Went into Lidl and they had several isles completely empty


Hot_Note9068

Work for sainsburys. Its true. Mostly driver shortages caused by both covid absence, usual holidays booked in advance, AND brexit. We're about 75% of stock in most stores, but some are like Baghdad. Also when it gets to 25 degrees outside the whole of retail does a collective prayer that the freezers don't go down. It never works, leading to inevitable lack of frozen choice as we have to empty the freezers, forcing more people to buy fresh.... Basically, imagine the four horses of the apocalypse all coming for retail at once


psych2099

Lack of staff everywhere.


Dexamemi3

Yeah I actually saw it in ASDA today, loads of veg missing and the vegan section was just non existent (not joking, nor trying to be ironic)


Tomfoolery136

It really depends on the item. I spent 2 hours driving to 4 different “extra” size supermarkets last night just to get a specific type of poxy kitten food. Seemed to have most of everything else in stock though!


EmergencyAdvance

The only empty shelves I've seen are for water. In my local small co op and the big Sainsbury's. People seem to have bought it all over the week and they haven't bothered to restock


ogojo

Brexit honestly


Rottenox

Not noticed any proper shortages in London. Dunno about other places.


Zymellio

The ports have been fecked since Brexit. COVID has overshadowed a lot of it. The addition of a growing lack of workers is compounding the issue. Our supermarkets are exceptionally powerful, and our food has been fairly cheap as a result. They've managed to keep us fed through a pandemic, during a major trade crisis. We're heading towards another peak with the Delta strain. There have been 500k people pinged by the COVID app in a week. This means they have to isolate for \[current government mandates\]. Meanwhile said government is once again prevaricating. Just as they were prepared to sacrifice the over 80s and basically kept Greater Manchester in Schrodinger's lockdown for over a year; they're going to wait until the last moment to provide a non-answer about the situation.


Legitcoin

There's a serious shortage in bottled water that nobody is talking about


_swimbird_

Heatwave, surely?


kaidascope06

There was about 3 bags of wild rocket salad left in asda in the salad area last night, and no bananas that weren't in packaging.


blackmist

The media can cause shelves to empty just by telling people not to panic buy. This causes people to go "oh, they have some left. I'd better get two weeks worth instead of one". Enough people do this, and suddenly there's a shortage and empty shelves.


idkwtstbh

I work at a warehouse for a big uk supermarket. We have so much stock we don’t have enough space on the shelves. Loads of toilet paper too. Edit: there’s the odd item that’s out of stock for a week or two, but nothing out of the ordinary. There’s been some problems with the chain of supply but nothing too serious. We actually send a lot to charity due to items not selling in time.


_swimbird_

Thanks, interesting.


WolfColaCo2020

I've noticed for the past year or so the fruit and veg aisle in most supermarkets near me are just plain fucked. Lots of empty spaces and things out of stock, and what you can get goes out of date waaay quicker than previously. The Sainsbury's round the corner from mine completely sold out of salad the other Day- the only stuff in that entire section that was left were bags of stir fry veg and okra. Can't categorically say it's brexit, but funnily enough this began to be a problem in January 2020 and just got worse from there.


Ferret12345

Yeah it's true where I live. All the freezers are completely empty in Sainsbury's along with a lot of empty shelves.


Winpigg

You see a lot of shit on Twitter..


JonnyHew

Twats. Twats are the cause of this. Because they’re twats.


Sconehead8

From North West, went ASDA, everything was fine. Put it down to clickbait bots.


TakeshiKovacs46

Troll account trying to get a reaction. Look at the age of account and karma content. Just trying to provoke a non existent problem.


no_yes_maybe_me

No it's fake news


m_entity

I've a friend who works in an ASDA and apparently their entire night department is off because of app pings, but neither of us have seen any empty shelves. I think it's just a political move to make the government look bad.


_swimbird_

I've got this friend, right, and he was talking to this bloke who knows someone who did shelf stacking in 1983 and apparently...


Vladimir_Chrootin

Why does the government need any help to look bad?