The glut of online orders as consumers panic-buy could be combined with a shortage of available workers to create a retail melt-down in the run-up to Christmas. Customers in the UK are shopping online in advance of the Christmas period because of the second lockdown. Slots for Christmas delivery of groceries are filling up fast.
Food delivery couriers might have to cap the number of orders they can handle.
Only essential retailers in England remain open during the present lockdown meaning Black Friday this year will be conducted mostly online.
Shoppers may also have to wait up to 10 days in advance before their order is delivered.
David Jinks of courier firm Parcelhero said he has witnessed “the Mount Everest of peaks” in online orders this year.
Speaking to The Sun, he added: “All you need is bad weather or something else to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
“If I wanted to place an order for Christmas I would do so very soon.”
It has been reported that Lego is rationing their toys due to supply chain issues.
Gary Grant, founder of The Entertainer, said Lego had reduced his November delivery to 40 percent of what was ordered.
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Lego has seen a boom in its sales since the last lockdown.
A representative from Lego said its factories were operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure supply met the rising demand.
The spokesperson added: “We are collaborating closely with our retailer partners to meet the high demand.
“We want to make sure our products are widely distributed in a fair manner in order to reach children and families.”