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« Reply #500 on: 18-07-21, 11:23AM »
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9799629/Pingdemic-Rail-services-axed-post-hit-National-Trust-house-closes-MOT-bookings-pile-up.html

Tesco says they're wasting off 48 tonnes of food per week due to the HGV driver shortage and the situation is expected to get worse after July 19th when restrictions are fully lifted.

Also instills confidence that BoJo is self isolating a few days before "freedom day"   :D :D :D

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« Reply #501 on: 18-07-21, 02:56PM »
a few agency drivers who deliver to us are leaving because they can get far more money working elsewhere. tescos won't pay the wages hence drivers won't work for them!!!

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« Reply #502 on: 18-07-21, 03:43PM »
Our regular driver has also left, better wage, better benefits plus a brand new truck.

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« Reply #503 on: 18-07-21, 08:22PM »
My DC is running at 45% staffing levels due to leavers, sick and 'self isolation'

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« Reply #504 on: 18-07-21, 11:23PM »
hopefully it will mean stores having to close so we can go home and enjoy ourselves

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« Reply #505 on: 19-07-21, 07:45AM »
There has been a trend towards an increasing shortage of HGV drivers for a number of years, which has continued to rise since it hit a high of 59,000 in 2019, and the deficit is expected to reach as many as 150,000 now - this has been driven by a number of factors so this is not a COVID thing, although that has certainly accelerated it as HGV qualified drivers have realised there are better ways to achive a work/life balance and earn more. They are overworked and underpaid, and this is in no small part due to the practices adopted by Tesco and others - how many times have you heard of a depot closing or re-siting resulting in Tesco-employed drivers being cast off and the work given to third parties in the name of 'efficiencies'? Stobarts for example pay them about what a Team Manager could get for a 50-hour week, but to get that HGV job you subject yourself to a 12-month course costing anywhere up to £5k (depending on the type of license you seek) which only has a 51% pass rate and results in some pretty dire working conditions. Why else does the work keep getting farmed out to agency drivers (who cost more) whilst there is estimated to be up to 600,000 people in the UK with a HGV license that don't drive an HGV? You reap what you sow, the chickens are coming home to roost (source https://driverrequire.co.uk/upload/docs/Driver%20Require_Investigating%20HGV%20Driver%20Demand%20and%20Supply%202021.pdf) this is, in the main, the result of the way businesses have looked upon HGV drivers and treated them and is yet another example of Tesco saving £1 only for it to cost them £10 in the long term.

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« Reply #506 on: 19-07-21, 10:23AM »
Can't disagree with you OvaSees.  Lost count how many DC were relocated and drivers sourced from outside of the company.
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« Reply #507 on: 19-07-21, 08:29PM »
It doesn't help that it is an 8 week wait for your HGV licence to be processed at the moment! That'll put people off.

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« Reply #508 on: 22-07-21, 10:46AM »
Tesco hikes thousands of prices at former Metro stores

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Tesco customers at almost 90 stores across the UK are are facing a big hit on prices, including the loss of its Aldi Price Match offer, as the retailer changes the majority of its former Metro estate to the Express format.

A major re-pricing exercise is understood to have involved up to 6,000 price changes across some of its Metro stores, which are currently undergoing the transition.

Undeclared benefit for the company coffers.
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« Reply #509 on: 22-07-21, 01:35PM »
Pretty much doing what they are doing with their "everyday low prices" thing then, some stuff gone from 50p to £1, drinks and frozen stuff on Cc once promo change ended price went up but still on Cc so like £2.50 normal, £2 cc, change over still Cc price to like 3.25 etc and cc 2.50... Making it look like its a good deal still... Ripping off customers...

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« Reply #510 on: 22-07-21, 02:27PM »
It's always been like that oldfashionedplayer. Anything 'on offer' goes up to a higher price than previous once the 'offer' is over

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« Reply #511 on: 23-07-21, 08:39AM »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57937342

Depot staff only might not have to isolate

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« Reply #512 on: 23-07-21, 09:10AM »
So who is filling the shelves because the managers won’t lol.

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« Reply #513 on: 23-07-21, 06:28PM »
Fill them with what? We've got whole Fresh sections completely wiped out.

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« Reply #514 on: 23-07-21, 06:54PM »
well we have no frozen food on sale at all :D :D :D :D :D :D

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« Reply #515 on: 25-07-21, 11:21AM »
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ministers-want-more-shops-to-offer-cashback-but-tesco-has-scrapped-it-bfzj20jxj

Didn't know that stores have stopped cashback? Is it all big stores with a cash machine? Apparently there's still 550 without a cash machine, which must include express and one stop who have never offered cashback?

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« Reply #516 on: 25-07-21, 12:06PM »
You not noticed alot of checkouts becoming card only? Cant offer cashback if its card only lol.

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« Reply #517 on: 26-07-21, 12:13AM »
This came into effect back in March of this year.

Any store with an ATM can only offer cash back on main bank if it's out of order for a period of time othewise customers have to use an ATM or make a purchase at CSD.

As it wasn't communicated to the majority of us ( ???) at the time we carried on offering it only to receive comms telling us the hours had been stripped out of the operating model so stop it (naughty step for us, then!)

It was the usual spiel of cash being used less often by customers and it was to protect the long time viability of ATMs...

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« Reply #518 on: 26-07-21, 04:34PM »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57973960

T bank closing all it's current accounts

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« Reply #519 on: 26-07-21, 05:10PM »
Not good news - another avenue for earning clubcard points down the drain.

The bank has estimated only 12% of its current accounts are being used by customers as their primary account.

It said most had "limited activity" and others were being used for "other purposes, such as a savings pot".


They seem to suggest that by people not using them "more" that there was less chance that they would use the overdraft facility and therefore pay interest/charges?

I applied for an overdraft several times only to be declined several times!! I have my Tesco wages paid into my Tesco current account. I use my Tesco Debit card (partly to earn the extra few points) - I have DDs going out from my account - but now I need to look for a new account and change all those things (ok, I could rely on the Bank Switching service!!)

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« Reply #520 on: 26-07-21, 05:48PM »
@barafear it might not be ideal but CC Pay might be of limited interest for extra CC points in the interim.

You get double points for 100 days from account opening. It’s a load it yourself debit card so you can’t use it for wages etc but might be worth using temporarily?

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« Reply #521 on: 26-07-21, 06:46PM »
yeah. after I wrote the previous post I did some searching for alternative bank accounts - found the tesco story on MSE - and it mentioned on there about the Clubcard Pay Plus thingy - which I'd heard vaguely something about - but as you say - 100 days.......

The whole clubcard thing is a mystery to me sometimes - I wouldn't say I was an avid collector of points - but I have read a few websites (MSE included) which write about how to "aggressively collect points" and which deals to change them to.

Over the last few years, gaining "bonus" points is so much harder - and this is just another nail ......ok it's not exactly that much (unless you are a big spender) - but let's say:

£60/week shopping and £25/week petrol.

That's roughly and extra 250-300 points per month (and clearly I'm not a big family/spender) but that's about £10 vouchers lost in each "mailing"

On the other hand they are "pushing Clubcard Prices" - forgive me for being cynical - but are Clubcard prices simply just the offers that would have been there anyway - and nothing out of the ordinary - despite their millions of pounds in advertising?

Clearly, clubcard membership must have (should have) increased - but if they don't really want to "reward" these new clubcard holders - what is the point?

I remember 20 years ago - before I started working in Tesco - I was very much a clubcard cynic - seriously, if someone told you that you could get your frosties for 99p (£1 less your one point = 1p in "up to three months time") instead of £1 - then it's hardly going to make many people change their habits is it?

But the regular points promotions must have helped - and having "decent" reward partners also helped -

But now it all just seems to be dwindling away -

Sorry Mods - slightly off topic - just wanted my say - and it is indirectly connected to the closure of Tesco Current accounts.





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« Reply #522 on: 28-07-21, 08:13AM »
Tesco offers lorry drivers £1,000 signing-on fee due to shortage

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The offer to HGV drivers comes amid frenzied competition for those with a specialist licence caused by a mix of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and tax changes that have prompted some drivers to leave the trade.

When do they get it and how long do they have to stay ?
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« Reply #523 on: 28-07-21, 10:07AM »
DHL offer £1500. £500 in first pay packet and £1k after 6 months