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Yorkshire’s supermarket shelves empty as stores ravaged by ‘pingdemic’

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An increase in staff self-isolating, a shortage of HGV drivers and the hot weather are all contributing factors

It is not for the first time in the last 16 months that supermarket shelves across the country are stripped bare.

While the for many months last year shops were struggling to meet the increased demand due to panic buying, this time around the “pingdemic” is to blame.

READ MORE: West Yorkshire Covid chief pleads with young people to get jabbed

Across Yorkshire a number of supermarkets have been faced with supply issues.

A shortage of HGV drivers and the hot weather were all contributing to delivery glitches, grocers said, while stressing to consumers that panic buying would create a problem that did not exist.

They said any gaps on the shelves were temporary as they awaited deliveries, and were occurring in pockets rather than across supply chains.

Take a look below at our gallery to see the state of Yorkshire’s supermarket shelves.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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