The prospect of another summer stay sees patio furniture sell out
British summer may finally be here, but for many frustrated buyers, their patio furniture won’t.
A double whammy from Covid-related travel restrictions and a supply chain still plagued by the Suez Canal backlog means the most in-demand outdoor furniture lines – including rattan corner sofas, the hanging egg chairs and trendy umbrellas – have disappeared from the shelves.
In March, the 1,300-foot cargo ship Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal, with the incident still affecting UK imports, and hopes of a summer overseas seem increasingly unlikely , which means that the British owners have once again improved their outdoor spaces.
At John Lewis, only one of the retailer’s ten most popular dining sets is currently available, and it’s a modest-looking bistro table for two priced at £ 239.
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Summer sales boom: UK retailers such as John Lewis, Argos and B&Q have seen their most popular outdoor furniture lines – including this £ 799 Alora corner set from John Lewis – soar off the shelves as that the prospect of another summer at home seems more and more likely
Nine of John Lewis’ ten most popular patio furniture dining sets are sold out
At Ikea, it’s a similar story – with the Scandinavian store having previously warned shoppers that the Suez Canal blockage in March is still impacting inventory delivery times. This £ 120 Betso parasol is currently not available in all Ikea branches across the UK except one.
It’s a similar picture to Argos, with many popular summer lounge chair stores; this £ 40 Ipanema Fruit chair is sold out across the UK
At Ikea, a £ 120 Betso parasol is just one of many items generating a string of ‘out of stock’ results – it’s currently only available at one of the store’s 21 UK branches. home.
The Scandinavian store previously warned buyers that the blockade of the Suez Canal in March is still impacting inventory delivery times.
Aldi, which heavily promoted its summer garden line through advertising, quickly sold out on dining sets and seating, including an L-shaped sofa and hanging egg, the stock n ‘ being available again only in July at the earliest, according to the budget supermarket’s website. .
On Twitter last week, an Aldi buyer @fueltheblog complained, “I’ve been keeping an eye on @AldiUK patio furniture for quite some time now, they’ve been on sale three times, each time. I looked in the morning and it’s sold out. They’re really starting to believe they say it’s in stock when it isn’t. #never available #always out of stock ‘
MailOnline has contacted Aldi for comment.
Rattan items – including this graphite Argos rattan-effect lounge chair – priced at £ 140 – seem to be flying off the shelves
Currently unavailable: Next’s Ascot Double Hanging Chair – which retails for £ 550 – is sold out, along with many other items on the Main Street retailer’s website.
Aldi’s Four-Seater Gardeline Set – in trendy faux bamboo – is another discontinued item
Aldi has heavily promoted its summer outdoor furniture, but buyers have complained that the sets sell out quickly …
Other Aldi buyers say they experienced delays even though they managed to order stock, with one buyer @ SophieRimingto5 writing on Twitter that she purchased patio furniture on May 16 and that they had been stuck in the collection depot since the 23rd? No updates no nothing ‘
B & Q’s more fashionable stock also took a hit, with this £ 126 Apolima rattan-effect bench among the many out-of-print items from the DIY store in its patio furniture section.
Others have managed to purchase items but now face long delays in actually delivering them. Shopper @ SophieRimingto5 posted June 2: “I’ve been calling nonstop for over a week now and being told ‘wait another 48 hours’.
“I bought this garden furniture on May 16 and it has been stuck in the collection depot since the 23rd? No update no nothing. ‘
Online store and Next’s department store, the trendy £ 550 double hanging egg chair is out of stock and it’s a similar picture at Argos, with many of the store’s summer lounge chairs in high demand; a £ 40 Ipanema Fruit chair was sold across the UK.
There is good news, however; on Amazon, there always seems to be a reasonable amount of choice available, with short delivery times. Although consumers will need to be prepared to buy without seeing their purchase first.
Summer will be over before it comes! What’s available seems to have longer delivery times, with this B&Q three-seater bench, retailing at £ 170, only available for 11 week delivery
This week the BBC reported on how the staycation boom sees sales soar … but also leaves retailers dry when they can’t get ordered goods delivered on time.
Heather Attwooll, who runs the Attwoolls camping and outdoor gear store, told the broadcaster she was directly affected by the blockade of the Suez Canal by a container ship in March.
Attpool said: “There is a risk that small businesses like ours will soon be unable to meet this demand due to supply chain issues beyond our control.”
HOW A STRANDED CONTAINER CARRIER IN THE SUEZ CANAL STILL HAD AN IMPACT ON UK PURCHASING
When the Ever Given freighter got stuck diagonally in the narrow but crucial global trade artery during a sandstorm on March 23, it not only set up a huge mission to dislodge it, but it also disrupted critical supply chains to the UK.
The Ever Given mega-ship that blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week in March – with the impact still being felt for two more months on
The giant freighter has blocked shipments estimated to be worth an estimated $ 9.5 billion a day, including food and oil which – and the “huge” impact is still being felt two months later.
At least 150 ships were stranded in the stalemate caused by a 200,000-ton freighter that detained $ 29 billion worth of cargo in just a few days.
Analysis of trade data from the UK at the time showed that exports from Asia to Britain had been affected by the incident – furniture, housewares, clothing and footwear among these shipments are always delayed.
Seven of the top 10 exporters of electrical products to the UK are Asian countries, while almost half of UK furniture imports come from the same region.
China alone makes nearly half of Britain’s imported toys – which are likely to pass through the channel – and accounts for a similar amount of household items.