Ikea mattress shortage due to HGV driver crisis

Thanks to the UK HGV driver shortage, homewares giant Ikea has indicated it has problems getting around 1,000 product lines to its UK customers.

The supply chain issue at Ikea is affecting all 22 stores in the country. Amongst other lines, some stores are unable to supply any mattresses.

The firm says that around 10% of its product lines are affected by the HGV driver shortage.

Speaking to a national news outlet, an insider at Ikea said, “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 and Brexit.”

A spokesperson for the company said: “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.

“In addition, we are seeing higher customer demand as more people are spending more time at home. As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges, including mattresses.”

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