Nandos Shutdown – Following workforce shortages in its chicken supply chain, fast-food company Nando’s has temporarily been forced to close more than 40 stores in the United Kingdom.
Since the economy emerged from COVID lockdowns earlier this year, retailers, restaurants, cafes, and bars have struggled to find adequate employees after workers departed the sector and, in some cases, the country as a result of Brexit.
Further restrictions requiring people to separate themselves if they contact someone who has the coronavirus have further affected supply lines, leaving store shelves empty and restaurants closing for lunch.
Customers are inquiring why their local Nando’s was closed told on Twitter that “the UK supply chain is having a bit of a (night) nightmare right now,” according to the South African company.
It also stated that some establishments would have reduced services due to personnel needing to fulfil isolation periods.
After the government modified the criteria for those completely vaccinated, this need should become less of a burden.
In a statement, Nando’s said it had an on-site team working with suppliers and aimed to reopen restaurants by Saturday.
Ocado (OCDO.L), an online retailer, said its employees collaborated with suppliers to keep operations running in July.
In July, the trade association UK Hospitality said that supply chain issues were pervasive, with roughly 60% of members reporting delivery delays, not receiving supplies, or incurring significant price increases in an industry survey.
A shortage of drivers and operators at food processing factories has harmed many businesses.
New drivers struggled to learn and certify during the epidemic, and an outflow of European drivers has also damaged Britain.
Since Britain left the European Union’s single market in January, the Road Haulage Association believes that roughly 30,000 truckers have stopped operating in the country.
As a result, businesses must pay more to attract employees. As a result, the accommodation and food services industry’s underlying pay increased by 5.8% in the quarter from April to June, the most significant increase of any of the 24 industries tracked by the Office for National Statistics.
The Nando’s announcement comes a week after rival fast-food chain KFC announced it was having trouble stocking some goods or using its standard packaging owing to recent interruptions.