Shelves in Kmart stores are being stripped bare of Christmas supplies sparking panic from Aussies ahead of the festive season.
A South Australian woman took to Facebook this week to share troubling pictures of her local store emptied of decorations – highlighting the extent of the goods shortages facing the nation as Covid hampers global supply chains.
‘Wow not even December yet and had trouble getting stock at my local today? Got told they might not get more stock,’ she wrote.
Other Aussies reported encountering similar scenes at stores across the country.
‘I’ve been to 3 Kmarts in Perth that all look very similar, toy shelves are also bare! Target and Big W Christmas sections not much better either,’ one person wrote.
A South Australian woman has shared photos of the empty shelves at her local Kmart store as shoppers rush to buy Christmas supplies
Another said ‘our Kmart is the same’, while someone else added: ‘Our shelves are empty too’.
One woman said the retail giant was not the only store she has noticed has been affected by the supply issues.
‘It’s like it in every store selling out and Bunnings is a bit like it as well,’ she said.
A retail worker said her company was also having issues getting stock from the distribution centres.
‘It’s frustrating on all ends and we don’t really have answers for anyone, not even ourselves,’ she said.
The concerning images come after several big companies – including Dan Murphy’s and the Reject Shop – warned shoppers stocks would be low heading into December.
Worker shortages and logistics issues induced by the pandemic have wreaked havoc on supply chains – sparking length order delays across the world.
Over the past few months, companies have warned of shortages heading into Christmas as global supply chains are hampered by the Covid pandemic. Pictured: Shelves stripped bare at a Kmart store in South Australia
Social media users reported witnessing similar sights at their local Kmart stores and other retailers
Other commenters said Kmart stores were not receiving all of their orders due to limited stocks and employee issues.
‘Our Kmart is the same, I was told it’s because there has been a huge delay in getting their shipments, ours was getting a few pallets but was expecting 3 truck loads,’ one person said.
‘My mum works at Kmart and was warned if you see stock grab it while it’s there as there’s not much coming in (Perth WA) due to shortage of truck drivers,’ another said.
‘Friends work in the warehouse and there is a shortage of shipping containers so not much stock coming,’ a third said.