British parents might be wise to be exceptionally organised this Christmas for toy shopping.
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In the UK this month there are petrol stations (gas pumps) closing and panic buying. There is fuel in the country, but not enough drivers qualified and willing to run the supply trucks. The already creaking supply network is crumbling.
Parcel Hero commented on recent figures that nearly a quarter of stores are running low and a fifth of all transport companies have stopped trading.
These ONS figures are bad news for shoppers needing staple goods. Many retailers should now be in their Christmas build up period, instead of which they are struggling to meet today’s demands for basic items. With available drivers seemingly as rare as hen’s teeth, there’s huge demand for every inch of space on those trucks that are on the move. That means higher value items are being prioritised, and bulky staples are going to the back of the queue.
The ONS is the Office for National Statistics, official data for the country. In response, the government will issue some emergency and until Christmas only visas, in a Brexit u-turn, but experts say it’s not enough. There are valid concerns for a real Christmas crisis.
Christmas 2021 toy predictions
Retailer Bargain Max, who are toy specialists, have predicted what they think will be the most popular Christmas toys in the UK this year.
- Barbie Dream House (Mattel)
- Paw Patrol Adventure City Headquarters (Spin Master)
- L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. 4 in 1 Glamper (MGA Entertainment)
- Hey Duggee Plush Chair (8th Wonder)
- Malibu 2-in-1 Unicorn Doll Travel System (Hauck)
- Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem play set (Mattel)
- Nerf Blaster Inline Scooter with Blaster & Darts (Hasbro)
- Piggy Mystery Head Bundle (Click Distribution)
- Kindi Kids S5 Bubble N Sing (Moose Toys)
- CoComelon Musical Bedtime JJ Doll (Bandai)
Emma Carden, a toy buyer at Bargain Max told the press;
All of these products are set to deliver big smiles for Christmas, with suppliers and manufacturers investing heavily in the products in the countdown to the big day. We look carefully at our audiences demand and searches to ensure we can provide the most sought-after toys and games this Christmas. With a mission to always provide value, we offer amazing, limited time deals and discounts on site meaning we can cater to all budgets.”
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