Kmart plagued with empty shelves, Whittaker’s warns of shortages amid Ports of Auckland shipment delays

No retailers are immune from the impacts of Ports of Auckland’s incoming shipment delays.

Australian retail chain Kmart is the latest retailer to bare the brunt of supply delays, with shelves at a number of its store sitting empty as it awaits for stock stuck on container ships stuck in the Waitemata Harbour waiting to be unloaded.

The Wesfarmers-owned chain has been forced to put up notices in some of its stores warning shoppers of the delays and limited availability of stock.

“We’re working hard to meet demand,” one notice displayed in Kmart Albany said.

“Continued port congestion is causing delivery delays across the country, impacting our ability to get selected products into store, including some advertised lines. We’re working hard to bring you Kmart products and we really appreciate your understanding, patience and support,” it read.

A number of shelves in Kmart’s Albany and Sylvia Park stores in Auckland are empty, with the retailer running out of children’s toys and some homeware goods ahead of Christmas.

The Herald has contacted Kmart for company.

But the popular retailer is not alone in it supply woes.

Kiwi chocolate manufacturer Whittaker’s is warning that some of its chocolate blocks will be out of stock until the end of January at the latest.

In a Facebook post, the Porirua-based company said that due to supply delays for its ingredients its Berry Forest and Berry and Biscuit chocolate blocks were temporarily out of stock.

“It seems 2020’s twists keep coming! Due to supply delays for our ingredients were sorry to say two of your favourite blocks will be out of stock until late January at the earliest,” it said.

It is not known if the delays to sourcing some of its ingredients would effect other chocolate varieties.

Whittaker’s has been contacted for further comment.

Temporarily out of stock. It seems 2020’s twists keep coming! Due to supply delays for our ingredients we’re sorry to…

The cargo ship log jam has seen ships waiting up to two weeks at sea before they can be unloaded of goods as the Ports of Auckland struggles to meet demand amid a staff shortage.

The delays to incoming stock for retailers is affecting a wide range of retailers and goods including clothing, food, toys, homewares and outdoor furniture.

The delays are also having a knock-on effect for Kiwi exporters who face lengthy delays – up to six weeks waits in some cases – to have their goods loaded on to ships for export markets, costing some company’s major orders.

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