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(Guardian)   British supermarkets ensure their shelves remain full by using cardboard cut-outs to hide gaps left by supply issues   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-10-22 3:56:00 PM  
In related news, cardboard cutout Spotted Dick tastes better than Spotted Dick in a can.
 
2021-10-22 4:10:51 PM  
The outrage via greviews would be EPIC if the local Safeway used cardboard cutouts to cover gaps in merchandise.  One review of that store within the last month was created solely to complain about the abysmal lack of frozen blintzes.

/you know who else hated an abysmal lack of frozen blintzes?
//ha to
///the ha ha
 
2021-10-22 5:03:45 PM  
Cardboard food, a very tory solution.
 
2021-10-22 5:34:16 PM  
 
2021-10-22 5:39:52 PM  
As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation's economy and holiday shopping.
Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports
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New York (CNN Business)If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.
Many of the country's biggest food makers are telling grocers that they will have limited quantities of a number of their products, including items such as Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices and Marie Callender's pot pies because of labor, commodity and transportation constraints throttling supply chains, according to emails viewed by CNN and interviews with grocers. Some suppliers are also telling grocers to cancel their promotions of these items and more over the holidays so products won't disappear from store shelves as quickly
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We've even had multiple Fark threads discussing the supply problems in the USA.

/Worth pointing out as well that in the photos in TFA the shelves next to the empty asparagus displays are clearly fully stocked with fresh vegetables, so it's not like anyone is going to starve. No asparagus today? Well have brussels sprouts instead. Or courgette.
 
2021-10-22 5:42:23 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?


Your what-about-ism has been noted, as usual.
 
2021-10-22 6:02:05 PM  
The indifference of the Tories to these struggles is so Thatcher-esque: if you mattered, you'd be able to fly in food on your private jet.
 
2021-10-22 6:05:58 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

Your what-about-ism has been noted, as usual.


Pointing out that this is a worldwide issue is not "whataboutism". If you claimed the UKs Covid deaths were because of Brexit would it be whataboutism to point out that it is a worldwide pandemic?

What is very noticeable is the opposite of whataboutism, the "neveradmitism" of people like you who refuse to accept the fact that this is a worldwide issue, and refuse to admit the USA and many other countries are facing the exact same issues. Eighty plus ships queuing to get into Long Beach, the same queues to get into Rotterdam and Antwerp, American trucking companies having to bring drivers in from South Africa and so on.

You play the "whataboutism!" card because it is the only card you have. You have no other argument, no answer to the facts.
 
2021-10-22 6:07:16 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: BumpInTheNight: Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

Your what-about-ism has been noted, as usual.

Pointing out that this is a worldwide issue is not "whataboutism". If you claimed the UKs Covid deaths were because of Brexit would it be whataboutism to point out that it is a worldwide pandemic?

What is very noticeable is the opposite of whataboutism, the "neveradmitism" of people like you who refuse to accept the fact that this is a worldwide issue, and refuse to admit the USA and many other countries are facing the exact same issues. Eighty plus ships queuing to get into Long Beach, the same queues to get into Rotterdam and Antwerp, American trucking companies having to bring drivers in from South Africa and so on.

You play the "whataboutism!" card because it is the only card you have. You have no other argument, no answer to the facts.


You're the first person to mention brexit in this thread.
 
2021-10-22 6:08:49 PM  

ImpendingCynic: The indifference of the Tories to these struggles is so Thatcher-esque: if you mattered, you'd be able to fly in food on your private jet.


What "struggles"?

There is no shortage of food. Tesco was out of asparagus for a day or two?  Oh no!

A few weeks ago my Tassimo caramel lattes were out of stock for a couple of days. They they came back into stock. Somehow I survived.
 
2021-10-22 6:11:03 PM  

BumpInTheNight: You're the first person to mention brexit in this thread.


So you admit the issues in the UK are no different to those faced by the USA and elsewhere?
 
2021-10-22 6:11:43 PM  
I wish to thank the  Ministry of Information for the clarifying the situation.
 
2021-10-22 6:19:30 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: BumpInTheNight: You're the first person to mention brexit in this thread.

So you admit the issues in the UK are no different to those faced by the USA and elsewhere?


There is a global supply chain strain, but I've still only seen stories about people driving around following tanker trucks hoping to fill up in the UK.  I do admit I enjoy watching you try to deflect any stories about your favourite country's own issues with supply and demand.
 
2021-10-22 6:30:59 PM  
A little party of me hoped this wouldn't be a train wreck because it's in the food tab.

Also, asparagus is a spring vegetable.  It's better in season.  Out of season, it might be remarkably similar to the cardboard.
 
2021-10-22 6:35:42 PM  

I May Be Crazy But...: A little party of me hoped this wouldn't be a train wreck because it's in the food tab.

Also, asparagus is a spring vegetable.  It's better in season.  Out of season, it might be remarkably similar to the cardboard.


You arrived Late in the day. Once beer:30 hits you never know what you're gonna get.
 
2021-10-22 6:44:21 PM  
Heh. I didn't expect the Butthurt About Brexit guy in this thread but in retrospect I probably should have.
 
2021-10-22 7:11:06 PM  
Or they could repackage the produce they do have so it takes up more shelf space.

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2021-10-22 8:13:30 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation's economy and holiday shopping.
Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports.

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New York (CNN Business)If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.
Many of the country's biggest food makers are telling grocers that they will have limited quantities of a number of their products, including items such as Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices and Marie Callender's pot pies because of labor, commodity and transportation constraints throttling supply chains, according to emails viewed by CNN and interviews with grocers. Some suppliers are also telling grocers to cancel their promotions of these items and more over the holidays so products won't disappear from store shelves as quickly.

We've even had multiple Fark threads discussing the supply problems in the USA.

/Worth pointing out as well that in the photos in TFA the shelves next to the empty asparagus displays are clearly fully stocked with fresh vegetables, so it's not like anyone is going to starve. No asparagus today? Well have brussels sprouts instead. Or courgette.


Empty shelves do not lead one to believe a product is in stock when it is not.  From a distance, this shiat does
 
2021-10-22 8:31:30 PM  
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2021-10-22 8:34:11 PM  
Really, I have not seen any empty shelves which means only that I have not seen any empty shelves and nothing else.  The closest I came to seeing something like that was when I went to Aldi and they had everything I wanted except for English muffins.  Those I found across the street at Target (which also seemed fully stocked).  Is this a market based thing?  I live in a large market which I assume would get higher priority than smaller markets.
 
2021-10-22 8:54:21 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation's economy and holiday shopping.
Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports.

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New York (CNN Business)If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.
Many of the country's biggest food makers are telling grocers that they will have limited quantities of a number of their products, including items such as Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices and Marie Callender's pot pies because of labor, commodity and transportation constraints throttling supply chains, according to emails viewed by CNN and interviews with grocers. Some suppliers are also telling grocers to cancel their promotions of these items and more over the holidays so products won't disappear from store shelves as quickly.

We've even had multiple Fark threads discussing the supply problems in the USA.

/Worth pointing out as well that in the photos in TFA the shelves next to the empty asparagus displays are clearly fully stocked with fresh vegetables, so it's not like anyone is going to starve. No asparagus today? Well have brussels sprouts instead. Or courgette.


Of course you fail to mention that the supply shortage is mostly fueled by anti-vaxxer idiots.  If not for them things could be back to normal by now.
 
2021-10-23 3:56:54 AM  

Moniker o' Shame: Really, I have not seen any empty shelves which means only that I have not seen any empty shelves and nothing else.  The closest I came to seeing something like that was when I went to Aldi and they had everything I wanted except for English muffins.  Those I found across the street at Target (which also seemed fully stocked).  Is this a market based thing?  I live in a large market which I assume would get higher priority than smaller markets.


I'm in Cleveland, local grocery chain was fully stocked the other day, though I noticed there were only a handful of brands of refried beans instead of the 10 or so normally stocked, but that could have been them moving stock elsewhere that I didn't check, reducing the footprint of that item to make room for a hotter category, or simply making do with what they could get this month/quarter at reasonable prices. What I definitely noticed was the $8.99/lb (!) for a chuck roast, that's normally $3.50-4.50 so definitely some supply chain issues there. I decided to get ham hocks, pork butt, and ground beef (weird the 85/15 ground was $3.75/lb, normally it's made from chuck) instead.
 
2021-10-23 4:01:39 AM  

hlehmann: Carter Pewterschmidt: As opposed to the empty shelves in US stores that they just leave empty?

The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe shot to the top of the trending topics on Twitter Thursday amid the supply chain crisis threatening the nation's economy and holiday shopping.
Social media users employed the tagline to rip President Biden for empty shelves and skyrocketing prices caused by a backlog of shipping containers waiting to dock at California ports.

[Fark user image 744x495]

New York (CNN Business)If you hoped grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they did in the Before Times, with limitless options stretching out before you in the snack, drink, candy and frozen foods aisles, get ready for some disappointing news.
Many of the country's biggest food makers are telling grocers that they will have limited quantities of a number of their products, including items such as Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices and Marie Callender's pot pies because of labor, commodity and transportation constraints throttling supply chains, according to emails viewed by CNN and interviews with grocers. Some suppliers are also telling grocers to cancel their promotions of these items and more over the holidays so products won't disappear from store shelves as quickly.

We've even had multiple Fark threads discussing the supply problems in the USA.

/Worth pointing out as well that in the photos in TFA the shelves next to the empty asparagus displays are clearly fully stocked with fresh vegetables, so it's not like anyone is going to starve. No asparagus today? Well have brussels sprouts instead. Or courgette.

Of course you fail to mention that the supply shortage is mostly fueled by anti-vaxxer idiots.  If not for them things could be back to normal by now.


IDK about that, even with near universal vaccination it's going to take quite a few quarters to get back to smooth flows. A just in time world disrupted by a year long pandemic was inevitably going to have hiccups when all the production and shipping tried to return to normal levels of output. Each step along the chain from raw materials on up has to essentially cold start and the more inputs you need the more possible ways that can go wrong.
 
2021-10-23 11:39:04 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Or they could repackage the produce they do have so it takes up more shelf space.

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Oh look, another fresh and exciting (and outrageously overpriced) way to make your piss smell like burning tires!
 
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