John Lewis charters ships to make sure there is stock available for Christmas as supply chain constraints continue.
Many retailers and restaurants across the country are grappling with supply chain issues as a result of Brexit, a shortage of HGV drivers and the impact of the pandemic.
The business is positioning itself to make sure the stock shortages experienced this summer won’t disrupt Christmas, said Sharon White, president of John Lewis.
He said the partnership created additional ships through a freight company working to promote import options.
Earlier this week, the retailer announced plans to hire more than 7,000 temporary employees across the country — 2,000 more than last year — to ensure stock availability during the festive period.
The series recorded a pre-tax loss of £29m in the six months to 31 July, compared with a loss of £635m in the same period last year when the first national lockdown occurred.
John Lewis has also raised wages for HGV delivery drivers to address the labor shortage, an adjustment Ms White said is already seeing results.
“We are working very quickly to make sure Christmas goes smoothly,” said Ms. White. “We are willing to act now before anything becomes a major problem. We are working ahead of time with shipments such as Christmas trees and other products from Asia to help avoid disruption.
However, the famous John Lewis Christmas TV commercial will reportedly be delayed for two weeks.
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