Supply chain breaks at the weakest link, as Omnicron outbreak shows

Steve Evans
By Steve Evans
Updated April 5 2022 - 11:58pm, first published January 17 2022 - 7:00am
"There are plenty of chickens out on farms, but just not enough people to pick them up, process them and distribute chicken products to stores," Dr Vivien Kite, director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, said.

Staff shortages across the economy are causing empty shelves. Stocks of everything from chicken burgers to toilet paper are running low to empty. Staff in crucial links in the supply chain - from abattoirs to trucks to checkouts - are having to stay home because of contact with infected people, or because they have been infected themselves.

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Steve Evans

Steve Evans

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Steve Evans is a reporter on The Canberra Times. He's been a BBC correspondent in New York, London, Berlin and Seoul and the sole reporter/photographer/paper deliverer on The Glen Innes Examiner in country New South Wales. "All the jobs have been fascinating - and so it continues."