Supermarkets struggle to stock shelves amid Covid app ‘pingdemic’

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Supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose and Iceland have all been hit with staff availability issues as the ‘pingdemic’ forces workers to isolate.

Supermarkets have attributed gaps in shelves to a rising number of staff across their supply chains, from shopfloor workers to delivery drivers, having to isolate after coming into contact with someone who has Covid-19.

This issue has further exacerbated an existing shortage of HGV drivers due to a combination of coronavirus and Brexit, which Tesco said earlier this week is creating 48 tonnes of food waste per week.

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