Vacuum cleaners, batteries, shower heads: discounters lure customers into the branches with non-food products and campaigns like these. Lidl and Aldi are also bolstering their sales. The non-food products are often manufactured in low-wage Asian countries. And there is currently stuck with supplies for the Swiss discount customers – greetings from the mega-traffic jam around the container freighter Ever Given.
For a few weeks now, freight has been accumulating in the container ports. In many places in world trade, this leads to delayed deliveries of goods, including at Aldi Suisse, reports the discounter. Country boss Jérôme Meyer personally warns in a message that his customers have to be patient: “In the past few weeks we have seen more and more delivery delays in the non-food sector.” It was therefore decided to offer a new notification service for affected products with immediate effect.
Is Aldi passing additional costs on to customers?
On its website, Aldi is currently marking products that cannot be offered in the stores at the planned start of sales with the note “delivery delay” or “goods not arrived”. You can then register using a corresponding online form in order to be informed when the goods are available again in the branches.
Does Aldi pass on the resulting costs to the customers? The Aldi boss disagrees. Meyer emphasizes that any additional costs currently incurred due to delivery delays will not be passed on to customers.
Other retailers affected by a jam
The congestion of goods in world trade not only costs Aldi sales, but also other retailers in Switzerland. The supply chain backlog, triggered by corona infections among Chinese dock workers, also affects the supply situation from department stores such as Manor to online department stores such as Digitec / Galaxus or home electronics shops such as Microspot.
“All products with a chip in them are potentially affected by delivery bottlenecks – from smartwatches to intelligent kitchen scales,” Digitec / Galaxus recently said. (uro)
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Published: 07/15/2021, 8:35 a.m.
Last updated: 07/15/2021, 4:59 pm