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Iceland and Tesco warn of Christmas shortages

by LLB Editor
26th Aug 21 9:46 am

The chairman of Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket group, has called for more drivers to meet an estimated 100,000 shortfall, The Guardian has reported.

“I think there may be some shortages at Christmas,” he warned.

“At the moment we’re running very hard just to keep on top of the existing demand and there isn’t the capacity to build stocks that we’d like to see.”

Richard Walker, Iceland’s managing director, said the UK faced a shortage of HGV drivers that was already causing 30-40 deliveries to its stores to be cancelled daily.

Explicitly linking the issues to Brexit, he called the crisis a “self-inflicted wound” that was likely to get worse. “The simple solution is that HGV lorry drivers need to be added to the essential and skilled worker list” he said.

Rod McKenzie, of the Road Haulage Association, said: “We need oven-ready lorry drivers right here right now. We think there should be short-term visas for Europeans or drivers from anywhere else to come in and help out for three to six months.”

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