Ikea struggling to meet consumer demand amid truck shortage

Ikea is struggling to meet the customer demand of popular products as the UK’s truck driver shortage continues.

According to the BBC, 10 per cent of the company’s products are currently unavailable as global supply chains see more disruption.

Mattresses are in particular short supply with the company saying it was affecting the brand globally.

In Ikea’s 21 UK and Ireland-based stores, 1,000 or the 9,000 product lines are currently unavailable.

“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,” a spokesperson said to Business Insider.

“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.”

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The pandemic fuelled a wave of people spending their money on household items according to the spokesperson.

“As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges with approximately 10 per cent unavailable,” they said.

The Swedish furniture retailer issued an apology to its customers for the inconvenience but said they hoped the situation would improve within the coming months.

The UK is currently short of around 100,000 truck drivers according to the Road Haulage Association and has led to McDonald’s running out of milkshakes and Nando’s running out of peri-peri chicken.

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