Sir Dave Lewis, former chief executive of Tesco, has been appointed supply chain advisor to the government
Out of three shopkeepers already stocking groceries Christmas.
Thousands of families have booked in their delivery slots for the festive season amid fears of empty supermarket shelves.
A survey of 1,000 consumers by The Grocer showed that two-thirds of shoppers were either concerned or “very concerned” with a potential shortage of food and drink.
According to the magazine, supermarkets are ramping up orders for turkey, trimmings and other essentials to cope with the pre-Christmas rush.
Retailers warned of gaps in the global supply chain and a lack of HGV drivers.
According to economists, in the last one month, one in ten businesses have raised prices due to rising inflation, which is at its peak.
Mike Watkins, analysts at NielsenIQ, told The Grocer: “Buyers tend to skip Christmas grocery shopping until later in November, but clearly this year we’re moving the demand from late November into October as consumers continue to do so.” Having read and heard of, turkey is a great example.”
Waitrose booked 22,000 festive slots at lunchtime on the first day of releasing its dates last week, while 112,000 were booked by the end of the week.
Okado, which is releasing the slots more slowly, has sent a “Sorry if you’re not able to get to the Christmas slot on time” reply on its FAQ page.
Tesco isn’t releasing slots on its Delivery Saver plan to customers until November 15th and until November 23rd for others – the same as last year.
Sir Dave, who stepped down from Tesco in September last year after his fortunes changed following a major accounting scandal, will work alongside the prime minister and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Stephen Barclay, as it is one of six adults. appeared around. Britain has not been able to buy essential food items in the last fortnight.
Mr Johnson said: “There are currently global supply issues that we are working with industry to mitigate and Dave brings a wealth of experience that will help us protect our businesses and supply chains.”
Number 10 said Sir Dave would work on immediate fixes and any necessary long-term changes to UK supply chains for goods, and would work with government officials to quickly resolve acute, short-term issues.
Sir Dave, who will be based in the Cabinet Office and appointed by the end of the year, will also co-chair a new supply chain advisory group and new industry workforce.
He begins in the role on Monday.
Earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News “we’re right at the tail end” about the situation with fuel supply pressure.
He added that the problems have ceased in “most parts of the country”, and London and the South East are the only two areas “where we are seeing any continuing problems”.
He said around 3,500 people have applied for temporary HGV licences in the last one week.
Meanwhile, footballer Marcus Rashford said some of the food banks he works with are facing shortages.
He told BBC Breakfast: “They are struggling to do what they love to do because there is a shortage of food and of course that is something we have to find answers to, and also, because you know People are there and they need food and especially to go in winter.”