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Why is Ikea struggling to stock shelves? Shortages in 1,000 product lines

IKEA sells 'one billion' meatballs each year according to expert

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Ikea is popular with many Brits. Those looking to furnish their homes often rely on the furniture giant – but recently, customers have been faced with empty shelves as the retailer struggles to stock around 1,000 of its popular product lines.

Empty shelves have characterised the coronavirus pandemic.

Many Britons have had to deal with a lack of products as retailers struggle with their supply lines.

Ikea has been the latest retailer to experience supply chain issues.

It said product shortages were due to supply chain issues caused by Covid and Brexit.

All 22 of Ikea’s UK and Ireland stores are experiencing product shortages.

Ikea has announced 10 percent of all its products have been affected by the shortages.

A spokesperson for Ikea said: “Like many retailers, we are experiencing ongoing challenges with our supply chains due to COVID-19 and labour shortages, with transport, raw materials and sourcing all impacted.

“In addition, we are seeing higher customer demand as more people are spending more time at home.

“As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges, including mattresses.”

The pandemic has disrupted the global shipping industry.

Several retailers have complained that a lack of lorry drivers has created product shortages.

Ikea said: ”What we are seeing is a perfect storm of issues, including the disruption of global trade flows and a shortage of drivers, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and Brexit.”

Which companies have been affected by product shortages?

Ikea is just one of many companies which have been stung by the current supply chain crisis.

A number of Wetherspoons pubs have run out of some beer brands.

Molson Coors and Heineken struggled to supply some pubs due to a lack of HGV drivers.

People were also dismayed to find McDonald’s had to stop sales of milkshakes and bottled drinks due to a shortage of drivers.

Haribo has been struggling to deliver its sweets to the UK for the same reason.

Head of consumer research at ParcelHero, David Jinks, told the Independent: “The Government is refusing to acknowledge and tackle post-Brexit chaos.

“Last October, we predicted a shortfall of 100,000 truck drivers and warehouse workers, after most “non-skilled” EU citizens returned to their home countries in the wake of the Brexit vote.

“This has already led to empty supermarket shelves this summer and high-profile shortages hitting the likes of Wetherspoon and McDonald’s.”

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