Christmas presents together with PS4 and Xbox Sequence X which can be ALREADY bought out

Consumers in Britain are already struggling to get their palms on probably the most sought-after Christmas presents, with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Sequence X and iPhone 13 all out of inventory at most shops throughout the nation.

One in all this yr’s greatest toys, the Cocomelon Bedtime JJ Doll, can also be virtually nowhere to be discovered within the UK amid the disaster in container transport around the globe, which is basically resulting from disruption brought on by the pandemic.

The issues, which have been happening for greater than a yr, have been exacerbated in lots of nations, together with the UK, in current months by the truth that there will not be sufficient HGV drivers to gather the containers.

And sellers on eBay are taking advantage of the low inventory ranges, with PS5 consoles going for as much as £3,000, practically seven occasions their RRP of £450; and the Xbox Sequence X for as much as £2,000, greater than 4 occasions above the identical RRP.

The iPhone 13 Professional Max, which prices between £1,049 and £1,549 by way of Apple relying on the mannequin, goes for as much as £3,000 on eBay as retailers similar to Ebuyer take pre-orders on their subsequent supply due in three weeks’ time.

And the Cocomelon Musical Bedtime JJ, which has an RRP of £28, goes for as much as £109 on eBay. The doll, primarily based on the youngsters’s TV sequence that includes nursery rhymes, is certainly one of this yr’s most hoped-for toys below the tree. 

The London-based web site Inventory Informer, which tracks which retailers have fashionable merchandise out there, states that there isn’t any inventory for any of those 4 merchandise wherever apart from eBay or on-line market StockX. 

Sellers on eBay are trying to sell a PlayStation 5 for up to £3,000, nearly seven times their RRP, because they are out of stock

Sellers on eBay are attempting to promote a PlayStation 5 for as much as £3,000, practically seven occasions their RRP, as a result of they’re out of inventory

PS5 advert from EE

PS5 advert from Game

Adverts posted by EE and Recreation over the previous few days present how a lot anticipation there may be at any time when a PS5 is available in inventory

The Xbox Series X console is being offered on eBay for up to £2,000, more than four times above the RRP of £450

The Xbox Sequence X console is being provided on eBay for as much as £2,000, greater than 4 occasions above the RRP of £450

The iPhone 13 Pro Max, which costs between £1,049 and £1,549 via Apple based on the model, is going for £3,000 on eBay

The iPhone 13 Professional Max, which prices between £1,049 and £1,549 by way of Apple primarily based on the mannequin, goes for £3,000 on eBay

The Cocomelon Musical Bedtime JJ doll is a hoped-for toy which has an RRP of £28, and is going for up to £109 on eBay

The Cocomelon Musical Bedtime JJ doll is a hoped-for toy which has an RRP of £28, and goes for as much as £109 on eBay

The corporate, which earns cash from qualifying purchases, checks retailers together with Amazon, Very, Currys, John Lewis, Argos, AO, Asda, Smyths, Recreation and Ebuyer and sends e-mail alerts when uncommon gadgets come into inventory.

The PS5 inventory points have been hitting Sony because it launched the console in November final yr, with the agency saying one of many fundamental causes was large demand amid a scarcity of semi-conductors and different elements. 

Microsoft has additionally confronted inventory points since launching Xbox X final November and stated a fortnight in the past that these are set to proceed into 2022 amid the continued international chip shortages which can be additionally impacting telephone manufacturing. 

As for Apple, its shares fell yesterday after claims that it may minimize its iPhone 13 manufacturing targets by as much as 10million items due to the chip scarcity. The tech agency solely launched the brand new mannequin final month. 

The info from Inventory Informer emerged as transport chiefs warned {that a} disastrous logjam at Britain’s greatest container port will delay or block the supply of hundreds of thousands of festive merchandise and Christmas presents.

The scenario is so dangerous at Felixstowe in Suffolk that the world’s largest transport firm, Maersk, has determined to cease some large container ships from docking within the UK. As a substitute, it’s sending the ships to Europe within the hope that the cargo shall be transferred to the UK on smaller vessels to different ports or by way of highway and ferry. 

Maersk is chargeable for 36 per cent of all transport containers delivered to the UK, which suggests its determination can have an enormous impact throughout the economic system. Every container ship can carry round 12,000 containers, however there will not be sufficient drivers to take them on to UK locations. 

iPhone stock levels

Cocomelon doll stock levels

The London-based web site Inventory Informer, which tracks which retailers have fashionable merchandise out there, states that there isn’t any inventory for any of those 4 merchandise wherever apart from eBay or on-line market StockX

This implies 1000’s are sitting empty on the dockside at Felixstowe and elsewhere, slightly than getting used to move items around the globe.

Flamin’ eck! Stampede to fill up on festive puds 

Gross sales of Christmas puddings are up by 76 per cent in comparison with final yr amid fears of gaps on cabinets.

Shops have additionally seen a surge in gross sales of frozen turkeys following warnings from business leaders that there shall be at the least 20 per cent fewer recent birds out there.

The HGV driver scarcity has been blamed for gaps on cabinets, that are anticipated to worsen within the run-up to the festive season.

Most meals is bought recent within the week earlier than Christmas – however some persons are stocking up on gadgets with an extended shelf life, similar to puddings.

Fraser McKevitt, of retail analysts Kantar, who offered the figures, stated: ‘A minority of very ready customers took the prospect to get forward… 449,000 keen shoppers purchased their Christmas pudding in September, with gross sales 76 per cent greater than in the identical month final yr.’ 

However he added: ‘These are nonetheless comparatively small numbers and nervousness round provide points has not translated to panic shopping for – festive or in any other case.’

The Highway Haulage Affiliation warned that the disaster poses an actual menace to shipments of Christmas merchandise. Rod McKenzie, its managing director of coverage, stated: ‘Congestion at Felixstowe has a large knock-on impact by way of the products being delivered and what occurs afterwards.

‘That is folks’s Christmas presents, manufacturing facility components or just on-line purchasing that will not be delivered on time in consequence.’

Supply knowledgeable David Jinks, of ParcelHero, stated: ‘We’re at present in the midst of peak interval for retailers stocking their warehouses for Christmas, and it is important this goes as easily as attainable.

‘This yr the continued lorry driver scarcity, coupled with new delays at ports, may carry us to tipping level.’ 

He added: ‘There are important transport delays the world over, brought about largely by new outbreaks of Covid at ports in China. Now the UK has its personal distinctive disaster so as to add to the worldwide provide chain issues. Britain’s acute truck driver scarcity means containers are taking approach too lengthy to be loaded onto lorries and depart ports similar to Felixstowe.

‘Which means firms similar to Maersk need to keep away from quickly constructing bottlenecks by utilizing EU ports to land items destined for the UK. This can add new delays, particularly with Brexit checks in place.’

Lars Mikael Jensen, head of the worldwide ocean community at Maersk, a Danish firm, stated the UK driver scarcity means it’s taking longer right here to get totally loaded containers moved away from ports and to return the empty ones for pick-up.

He stated: ‘We needed to cease operations on a ship as a result of there was nowhere to discharge the containers. Felixstowe is among the many high two or three worst-hit terminals (globally).

‘We’re having to deviate a number of the greater ships away from Felixstowe and relay a number of the smaller ships for the cargo.’

Thousands of shipping containers at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk are pictured today as the shipping crisis continues

Hundreds of transport containers on the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk are pictured right now because the transport disaster continues

Maersk has said it is diverting vessels away from UK ports to unload elsewhere in Europe. Felixstowe is pictured today

Maersk has stated it’s diverting vessels away from UK ports to unload elsewhere in Europe. Felixstowe is pictured right now

Retailers, similar to John Lewis, have invested hundreds of thousands of kilos shopping for additional transport capability, which has soared in value previously 18 months, to usher in merchandise from the Far East. However these efforts may now be scuppered.

Now milk faces supply plight, warns boss

The boss of the UK’s greatest dairy firm has warned of rising costs and missed deliveries of milk to shops and prospects.

Ash Amirahmadi, managing director of Arla Meals, stated that simply getting milk to supermarkets is a ‘actual problem’.

In contrast, farmers across the nation have been complaining about having to pour it away as a result of there will not be sufficient tanker drivers to make collections.

Farmer-owned Arla provides butter, spreads and cheese, in addition to milk, to shops – however like different industries has been hampered by a scarcity of lorry drivers.

Mr Amirahmadi advised Sky Information: ‘We’re very mechanised on the subject of our manufacturing of milk and dairy merchandise… however we’d like drivers to take that to the outlets.’

He added: ‘On common we’re delivering to about 2,300 outlets a day, and we’re usually not capable of ship to about 10 per cent of our outlets.’

Ikea is amongst numerous main firms whose shipments are being disrupted. It stated: ‘We’re experiencing low availability in a few of our ranges. With Felixstowe nearing capability, we have now confronted some challenges in returning containers to the port.’

The port authorities in Felixstowe, which handles 40 per cent of container deliveries to the UK, stated a scarcity of drivers means it’s taking about ten days earlier than cargo could be taken inland to be unloaded, up from the same old four-and-a-half days.

Final week, the port imposed restrictions on receiving empty containers from Maersk and Evergreen however it has now restarted accepting them.

It stated: ‘The pre-Christmas peak, mixed with haulage shortages, congested inland terminals, poor vessel schedule reliability and the pandemic, has resulted in a build-up of containers on the port. 

‘Empty container ranges stay excessive as import containers are returned and we’re asking transport traces to take away them as rapidly as attainable.’

Alex Veitch, deputy director of public coverage at Logistics UK, which represents the freight business, warned that the congested ports may change into a ‘severe subject for UK provide chains’.

He stated: ‘The present points being skilled at Felixstowe port are partly as a result of HGV driver scarcity. Our members are reporting that some are struggling to supply drivers to select up and ship containers, which is inflicting a backlog within the port which prevents new hundreds from being landed. There are additionally points with discovering drivers to work within the port itself.’

Tim Morris, chief government of the UK Main Ports Group, stated: ‘What has exacerbated the scenario are a number of the well-known provide chain points inland right here within the UK – the HGV driver scarcity is probably the most outstanding of them.’

The UK is alleged to be wanting some 100,000 HGV drivers. The Authorities has provided visas to usher in 5,000 drivers from abroad, nonetheless critics say that is woefully insufficient.

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