Did you read the article you linked us too, because it clearly identifies the problem as Supply Change Issues
- it even says that in the tittle!
These are a few of the comments from the article...
"It's taking three to four weeks
to get delivered whereas it used to take three or four days
- there's a lot of uncertainty about when we're expecting to see stock."
The issue he faces is that some of the shelves of the wholesalers
are also bare...."I don't think I'd ever been anywhere when they've been sold out of something - with posters up saying you can only have one of two of these at a time or 'Sorry, due to a lack of drivers
, we can't get the stock in'," he says.Retail expert
Natalie Berg, founder of NBK Retail, says there is "no overnight solution" to the current issues.
"Shoppers can expect to see less choice at the shelf and higher prices in certain categories, as retailers look to alleviate supply chain pressures
," she says.
So is Brexit to blame for this - which after all is the point you are clearly wanting to make...Government to shorten HGV driver testing process
Widespread supply chain issues caused by the driver shortage have hit a range of sectors, including food, drink and medicines.
"The government seem to finally understand the scale of the problem. For the first time they looked rattled", industry sources told the BBC.
The haulage industry said a perfect storm of a post-Brexit exodus of drivers, an ageing and retiring workforce and COVID-related delays to testing new drivers had brought some supply chains to breaking point.
Haulage firms, desperate for drivers to fill lorries left idle and to complete orders left unfulfilled
, welcomed the move but warned that it would not be enough to fix the cracks appearing in supply chains.
They reiterated their calls for HGV drivers to be added to the Shortage Occupation List which would allow firms to temporarily bring back some of the estimated 20,000 EU drivers who have left the industry.
But Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said the industry was losing 600 drivers a week from the industry and with a net shortfall of 90,000 drivers, it would take nearly two years to fill the gap.
The industry was already reporting shortages of about 60,000 drivers before Brexit and the pandemic
So there you have the problem in a nutshell - 90,000 drivers short of which 60,000 were needed BEFORE Brexit or Covid.
Obviously losing 20,000 drivers leaving after Brexit has made matters worse - but it wasn't the cause and the problem would have happened Brexit or not - as if we needed 90,000 drivers and we had kept all those who left following Brexit (20,000) we would still be 70,000 short and suffering these problems.
And to answer your questions, yes it is noticeable that the local food stores have stock shortages and yes people are greedy and self centred and no doubt will panic buy when they see others on social media
doing the same.
Just to remind people and fwiw, remember how everyone panic bought last time and stocked up with things like toilet rolls, etc - was there anyone who actually ended up short of anything - the answer is no because there was always enough to go around and there would not even have been an issue if stupid and selfish people hadn't been spooked by all they read and saw on Facebook and Twitter, etc.