Perth supermarket shelves exposed, major retail chains suffer from inventory shortages

WA supermarket shelves are emptying as stores across the country suffer from severe inventory shortages, with more than a third of workers in the east apparently ill or isolated.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to explode in the eastern states, grocery store shelves in WA once again appear to be bare – but not because of panic shopping.

Major retailers, including Coles and Woolworths, are said to experience staff shortages of up to 35% in their distribution centers due to isolation requirements.

From suppliers to truck drivers and distribution center staff, the current health crisis is affecting workers in all areas, causing major logistical problems and disruption.

Photographs of Perth’s major supermarkets show dwindling stocks of meat, cat food, toilet paper and shelf-stable milk, among others.


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