02 August 2021
Lidl boycotted for lack of flexibility
HAULIERS are boycotting supermarket giant Lidl because it is refusing to be flexible in relation to current driver shortages, which are impacting on growers.
Produce magazine The Grocer recently drew attention to the issue in a report, in which one haulage company director said the company “was not listening” to hauliers. “If you prioritise who you want to do business with and who you don’t, then Lidl always falls at the bottom of the list,” the haulier said, adding that the result was a shortage of potatoes and other veg.
Supermarkets are passing additional collection costs onto their suppliers, the report stated, with Sainsbury’s and Tesco amongst retailers who have informed suppliers of forthcoming price hikes of up to 14% because of the driver shortages.
Director of The Retail Mind, Ged Futter, said this in turn would put up costs for consumers.