Empty shelves at Sainsbury’s hypermarket in Birmingham as everyday essentials are stripped – .

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Empty shelves at Sainsbury’s hypermarket in Birmingham as everyday essentials are stripped – .



Essentials like shelf-stable milk, bread and rice were all sold out and there wasn’t much left on the shelves for customers.

These are the strangely empty shelves of a huge Sainsbury’s hypermarket in Birmingham.
Basic items like shelf-stable milk, bread and rice were all lacking and there was not much left on the shelves for customers.

Other shelves were bare where canned beans, butter, and bottled water would normally be stacked high.

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Photos were taken inside Sainsbury’s Marshall Lake store on Stratford Road in Shirley, Solihull today (Saturday July 31).

These are just the latest pictures of bare supermarket shelves in Birmingham, the Black Country and the rest of the UK.

Supermarket shoppers have been urged not to panic during the purchase by bosses after fears over supply chain and personnel issues.

It was panic that first stripped supermarket shelves when the Covid-19 pandemic began.

But now it’s another story as industry bosses warn of several issues affecting them.

Too many supermarket staff are ‘pinged’ by the NHS app and asked to self-isolate, so there is a lack of people to stack the shelves.

But there is also a huge shortage of truck drivers with up to 100,000 vacant positions according to the Road Haulage Association.

Brexit has also caused tens of thousands of people from EU states to leave the UK and additional border bureaucracy also makes it harder for European businesses to enter and exit.

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