Truck shipping

Ikea struggles to stock mattresses amid driver shortage and shipping crisis

  • Ikea is struggling to stock popular products due to driver shortages and the shipping crisis.
  • About 10% of its product line is not available in its stores in the UK and Ireland, a spokesperson said.
  • Popular products, such as mattresses, are hard to find in stores, they said.

Ikea is struggling to stock popular products and meet strong customer demand amid a shortage of truck drivers in the UK, the BBC reported for the first time on Sunday, with 10% of its products unavailable.

The lack of truckers and shipping delays around the world have disrupted supply chains, the Swedish retailer told Insider.

The shortage of products like mattresses affects the company globally, an Ikea spokesperson told Insider.

Out of around 9,000 product lines, 1,000 are not available in the 21 Ikea stores in the UK and Ireland, they said.

“Like many retailers, we face ongoing challenges with our supply chains due to COVID-19 and labor shortages, with transportation, raw materials and supply all affected,” said the spokesperson.

“What we are seeing is a perfect storm of problems, including the disruption of global trade flows and a shortage of drivers, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” the spokesperson said.

Customer demand has skyrocketed as people spend more time at home during the pandemic and purchase items for their homes, the spokesperson said.

“As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges with around 10% downtime,” they said.

Ikea apologized for the inconvenience to customers, the spokesperson said, but added that they hope the situation will improve in the weeks and months to come.

The UK’s shortage of truck drivers – 100,000 according to the UK’s Road Haulage Association – has also led McDonald’s to run out of milkshakes and Nando’s to run out of peri-peri chicken.