Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Food Delivery Problems

I was reading an interesting article the other day about the 50,000 shortfall of lorry drivers, see here. 

Once upon a time, a lorry would delivery what had been ordered even if the lorry wasn't full. Now apparently, they haven't got the drivers to do that so only full lorries can be dispatched.

This is fine for most of the major supermarkets (but not all and not always) but not for Lidl. Apparently they are being inflexible and still demanding their orders whether the lorry is full or not. The drivers association has said that can't be done and they are starting to service other places first.

Such shortages were very evident in Lidl today. No fresh baked goods, many, many empty spaces in fresh, fridge and frozen produce. No one stocking the shelves as clearly no lorry had turned up. 

As usual, after Lidl we went to Morrison's. Quite a few empty spaces on shelves there and quite a few of their 3 for 2 berries were due to finish today and many were mouldy.

Forgot yoghurt so on the way home, popped into Sainsburys. There shelves were much better but still had gaps.

This is just the tip of the iceberg folks. If you haven't started to buy and store one or two extra things each week, you may find, that one day, they won't be there.

Yesterday may have been 'Freedom Day', but in every place we visited today, everyone was still wearing masks except for one customer and a couple of staff. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Boris!

6 comments:

  1. Just been to Morrisons in Diss - it all looked as usual - plenty of everything - they even had their cheap value tins of pineapple which they've not had for ages.
    Lots of people wearing masks and few not - including me.

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    1. As Boris said, we each have to decide. SomeoneI know, double jabbed, is just getting over Covid. She said she has never felt so ill, more ill than when she caught flu:( she also believes without the jabs, she would have been in hospital.

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  2. We have had a lot of shortages for awhile but I had assumed it was due to the issues we are having around the ferries and reduced capacity.

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    1. I think it is all due to Brexit and lorry drivers not coming back here. Same for harvesting our food from h fields and factory processing. Supermarkets apparently took on extra storage for extra supplies but they are beginning to empty and not get restocked as quickly due to paperwork, still.

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  3. When I went to Sainsburys the other day, there were whole sections of some shelves completely empty - never seen it like that before. So yes I'm going to start getting some extra stuff in.

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    1. In some parts of America it is worse. Giants like Walmart and Costco taking on extra storage facilities. The general opinion is so they can charge more and make more profit when things get really bad. Adverse weathers everywhere is affecting crops.

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