HGV shortages: 'Buy early for Christmas' advises expert
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CEO of Scurri and delivery management expert Rory O’Connor reflected on what Christmas could be like if the HGV driver shortage crisis continues. During an interview with Express.co.uk, he said that shortages are not likely going to be dramatic for certain categories, like food. However, he said Britons should be prepared for toy shortages “on steroids” this Christmas.
He also advised shoppers to start early and be prepared for there to be shortages.
Mr O’Connor said: “I think if things remain the way that they are we are going to see shortages in areas.
“I don’t think we are going to see food shortages or anything dramatic though.
“But it is going to be like the normal kind of toy shortages on steroids, to some extent.
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“There are going to be certain categories, there is going to be a scarcity of supply in certain stores.
“This could depend on who got their orders first etc.
“The advice I would be giving is to shop a lot earlier and be prepared because there will be shortages.”
Retail adviser Claire Bailey issued similar advice while speaking on BBC’s 5 Live radio show.
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She noted how coronavirus will still play an impact on the lack of footfall in the highstreets.
She said: “I think this year I think everyone needs to look at things a little differently.
“They need to try to spread out their shopping, one advent calendar versus another, is it really that important?
“Everyone needs to instil a little bit of common sense that we haven’t yet seen.
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“Hopefully we will take lessons learned from the toilet rolls and the petrol and perhaps moderate our behaviour in the run-up to Christmas, one can only hope.”
The UK’s current HGV driver shortages are expected to continue up until Christmas.
Boris Johnson and his Government have attempted to combat this by offering temporary visas for EU and international citizens in order to support the country during the festive period.
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