The biggest problem now is the lack of maritime transport capacity. “We try to respond to the situation in all possible ways on a global and local level – we also rent boats, buy containers and use alternative transport routes. But even that is not enough to solve the situation, “explains Šašek.
According to Šašek, the problems with deliveries to the Czech Republic, but also to Hungary and Slovakia, concern hundreds of products. The greatest need is directly for the furniture, which is the main selling item.
The situation is all the more challenging for the Swedish chain, as the interest of Czechs in Ikea goods has increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. “It is also one of the many factors that contribute to the shortage of some products,” adds Šašek.
When the situation returns to normal, the company cannot predict with certainty yet. “We are doing everything we can to make it happen as soon as possible. We order larger volumes of goods from our suppliers and we are constantly improving logistics, ”describes Šašek.
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