Anyone else looking forward to seeing long queues of shoppers emerging from supermarkets clutching hauls of mince pies and turkeys in their sweaty paws - in October? Nope, thought not.
However recent headlines about the serious and ongoing supply chain issues facing the Consumer sector mean that this vision could very soon become a reality as shoppers are warned not to try to stockpile ahead of the festive season.
Supermarket bosses are trying to calm the situation which - if the pandemic panic shopping is anything to go by - has the potential to be the equivalent of a ram-raid on a nationwide scale.
Unfortunately if the pandemic showed us anything, it's that common sense is definitely not a prevailing factor when it comes to the average British shopper, especially when Christmas is thrown into the mix - when there is clearly an overwhelming need to have two dozen mince pies lurking in the cupboard 'just in case'.
Good luck everyone - I think we're going to need it...
Panic buying is back in the headlines, as shoppers fear they won’t be able to buy their favourite festive treats this Christmas due to HGV driver shortages and supply chain issues. Tesco has told the government’s food and buying taskforce that it could be “far worse” than the stockpiling which took place after the first coronavirus lockdown. Iceland boss Richard Walker tried to reassure shoppers, saying that there was no need for shoppers to panic buy, though he admitted that the supermarket sector faces challenges this festive season.Read the original article here
Tesco has warned the government that it is worried about panic-buying in the run-up to Christmas as a shortage of HGV drivers results in empty shelves https://t.co/kJbJfIPT6f— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 22, 2021
“Our concern is that the pictures of empty shelves will get ten times worse by Christmas and then we’ll get panic-buying“— Joel Hills (@ITVJoel) September 22, 2021
Tesco, Amazon and McDonald’s urge the government to do more to help them recruit HGV drivers.
Full story here:https://t.co/OfQT14m8lM
British shoppers could face empty shelves in the lead-up to Christmas amid an HGV driver shortage.— Metro (@MetroUK) September 23, 2021
Panic buying could return if the crisis is not immediately addressed – and ‘could be far worse’ than the frenzy seen at the start of the pandemic.https://t.co/nMZz5UBrnT