Scots have warned to start Christmas shopping early, fearing gifts will come on time


Scots have been urged to start their online Christmas shopping early as retail experts warn of overwhelming demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Online retail association IMRG says the number of people shopping on the internet increased by 40 to 50% during the lockdown, reports Wales Online.

Despite the reopening of most non-essential businesses in Scotland, this figure is expected to remain well above average.

The number of people shopping online is expected to increase by another 30% over the holiday season.

That number could increase if stores were forced to close again due to another foreclosure in the future.

IMRG’s Andy Mulcahy told the BBC: “We think the volumes are going to be really, really excessive this year.

“While not a problem in itself, getting too close to Christmas is going to be a bit of a problem. ”

He added: “If you can expand your shopping and do a lot in November, maybe even a little bit now, then that would really help. ”

Yodel is hiring 2,500 new drivers and 500 employees in its sorting centers to meet demand.

Boss Mike Hancox said, “We think it’s going to be the greatest online Christmas ever. “

A number of Scots have turned to online shopping during the lockdown

Boots tripled its online shopping capacity and John Lewis launched its online shopping portal months earlier due to demand.

Berry Recruitment, one of the largest providers of temporary workers in the country, estimates that the demand for drivers is 30 percent higher than the supply and that this figure may well increase in the last quarter of the year.

They say the combination of a lot more online orders and fewer European workers has created a perfect storm.

Recent figures have shown that the retail sector is growing, with online sales nearly 50% higher than in February.

There is also a shortage of other workers for jobs such as packaging, food production, supermarket order picking, production line workers and industrial operators.

Lee Gamble, Managing Director of Berry Recruitment, which works at nearly 40 locations in England and Wales, said: “The situation is the same across the country.

“The lockdown has led to many more people ordering online. Many of those who had never used the Internet to shop are now converts and more and more businesses are selling online.

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“This has created a huge additional demand for all categories of drivers, from heavy goods vehicles to local delivery people.

“What has made the situation worse is the lack of European workers. When the lockdown seemed likely, many of them returned home.

“Often times, they live in small houses here to keep costs down, which allows them to send more money to their families. Obviously, they didn’t want to be locked into these properties.

“They also did not return because of the Covid situation, which is clearly not over, and the uncertainty over Brexit.

“We expected to see retail and hospitality workers losing their jobs and those on leave looking for additional work to help fill the void.

“But that hasn’t happened yet. We don’t know why these people aren’t showing up – maybe some have decided to wait until the New Year before they start looking for work.

“The reality is that if people don’t shop on the Internet early, their Christmas presents might not arrive on time.

“The good thing is there are a lot of jobs out there, but maybe not the ones people ideally want.

“The shortage is such that I advise our clients to hang on to their temporary workers even if there is not enough work for them – because when they need it, there may not be. be not.

“There is a shortage in all blue collar positions and anyone looking for work should be able to find it.”


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