I started having my food delivered weekly in lockdown, Sainsburys and I was grateful for it. I'd say for the first 16 months I rarely had a substitution or something missing, may twice. In the summer it started to happen. Well we are a seaside town and were packed in July and August so I just thought that was pressure. In September I've had stuff missing every week. This week it was five items and bread with short shelflife, i.e. it was best before tomorrow.
I wonder how much worse it will get.
Yes we are the same 5 items missing plus kippers and butternut with short life.
That's why I prefer to do my own shopping for perishable items. I see the 'pickers', so many just pick the nearest item off the shelves, whereas I'm happy to reach towards the back to get a longer expiry date. A butternut squash with a short expiry date wouldn't bother me, for goodness' sake those things stay OK for weeks, but a loaf of bread or kippers would. Surprisingly my local Sainsbury's was fully stocked this Monday, nothing was totally missing, although some items weren't in plentiful supply.