Ikea Struggles with Supply Problems Due to Driver Shortage

Furniture giant Ikea has been struggling to supply some 1,000 product lines due to a shortage of HGV drivers linked to Covid and Brexit.

Ikea said that all 22 of its UK and Ireland stores were facing as much as 10% of its stock affected.

“Like many retailers, we are experiencing ongoing challenges with our supply chains due to Covid-19 and labor 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,” said Ikea.

Ikea apologized but said that the current situation would improve hopefully “in the coming weeks and months.”

The pandemic has greatly disrupted the global container shipping industry while Brexit labor shortages span from lorry drivers to meat production workers.

Other businesses including flu vaccine suppliers and the hospitality sector have also been suffering from the supply chain crunch.

The UK government reassured that ministers are “working closely with industry to address sector challenges.”

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