Analysis: The great Christmas stock shortage of 2020

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While some retailers are concerned about store closures and reduced demand, others are more worried about having enough stock to get through the crucial Christmas period.

Delayed orders, clogged ports and unprecedented consumer demand for certain categories has created a supply bottleneck that will hit some retailers in the vital Golden Quarter.

Retailers are struggling to mitigate the impacts of a supply chain issue that has been building up since March, with The Entertainer boss Gary Grant warning the situation is so bad there may be empty shelves come Christmas time. 

Retail Week explores the categories most affected and how shortages could impact the industry over the coming months.

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