Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Supermarkets face empty shelves from labor shortages, shipping costs

A combination of labor shortages, shipping costs and cold weather has left grocery store shelves across the country empty, according to reports. Produce growers on the West Coast are paying nearly triple trucking rates, according to Reuters. On the East Coast, snow and ice storms have created massive food delivery delays. Grocery stores and other retailers face a 12 percent out-of-stock level on many household staples, compared to 7-10 percent in regular times. Compounding the problem is inflation. The rate jumped 7 percent since December 2020, according to CBS News. Birds Eye frozen vegetable maker Conagra Brands’ CEO Sean Connolly told investors its supplies might be hampered for at least a month because of too many sick workers. The problem is just not isolated to produce. For example, Costco imposed purchase limits on toilet paper at some stores in Washington state. Katie Denis, vice president of communications and research at the Consumer Brands Association, blames the shortages on lack of labor and expects the situation to continue for at least a few more weeks. She said the industry is missing around 120,000 workers, while the National Grocers Association said many grocery stores were operating at less than 50 percent workforce capacity. With Post wire services.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Activist investor Starboard Value has purchased a 6.5% stake in web services firm GoDaddy worth about $800 million, according to a regulatory filing with...


Contact The Author Female employees at CNN are furious that chief spokesperson Allison Gollust is keeping her job after lying about her affair with...


North Korean hackers managed to steal a fortune in cryptocurrency in 2021, according to the results of a recent study. Cybercriminals based in North...


Katie Couric dished on Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust’s relationship in her tell-all memoir last fall, saying it struck staffers as “super strange” when...