Kmart shoppers left in panic as South Australia Christmas racks are empty

Christmas chaos ahead: disturbing photo of Kmart shelves fuels Aussie’s holiday fears as companies warn of shortages

  • Kmart stores across Australia to be looted before Christmas
  • A South Australian woman took to Facebook to share photos of her local shop
  • Many other Aussies from around the country reported seeing similar issues










Shelves in Kmart stores are being stripped of Christmas supplies, causing panic among Aussies ahead of the holidays.

A South Australian woman took to Facebook this week to share disturbing photos of her local shop being stripped of decorations – highlighting the magnitude of the goods shortages the nation faces as Covid hampers global supply chains.

“Wow, it’s not December yet and did I struggle to get to my local supply today? Was told they might run out of stock,” she wrote.

Other Aussies reported seeing similar scenes in stores across the country.

‘I’ve been to 3 Kmarts in Perth which are all very similar, toy shelves are bare too! Target and Big W Christmas sections aren’t much better either,” one wrote.

A South Australian woman has shared photos of the empty shelves at her local Kmart store as customers rush to buy Christmas supplies

Another said ‘our Kmart is the same’, while another said ‘our shelves are empty too’.

One woman said the retailer was not the only store she said was hit by the delivery problems.

“It’s like any store that’s sold out and Bunnings is kind of like it too,” she said.

A store employee said her company was also having trouble getting supplies from the distribution centers.

“It’s frustrating on all sides and we don’t really have answers for anyone, not even ourselves,” she said.

The images in question come after several major companies — including Dan Murphy’s and the Reject Shop — warned that retail inventory would be low by December.

Staff shortages and logistical difficulties caused by the pandemic have wreaked havoc on supply chains, slowing order delays around the world.

In recent months, companies have warned of shortages heading into Christmas as global supply chains are hampered by the Covid pandemic.  Pictured: Shelves cleared at a Kmart store in South Australia

In recent months, companies have warned of shortages heading into Christmas as global supply chains are hampered by the Covid pandemic. Pictured: Shelves cleared at a Kmart store in South Australia

Social media users reported witnessing similar sights at their local Kmart stores and other retailers

Social media users reported witnessing similar sights at their local Kmart stores and other retailers

Other commenters said Kmart stores were not receiving all of their orders due to limited supplies and staffing issues.

“Our Kmart is the same, I was told it’s because there was a huge delay in getting their shipments picked up, ours got a few pallets but was expecting 3 truckloads,” said one person.

“My mom works at Kmart and was warned if you see stock grabbing while it’s there because not much is coming in (Perth WA) due to a shortage of truck drivers,” said another.

“Friends work in the warehouse and there is a shortage of sea containers, so not much stock is coming,” said a third.

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