Edinburgh toy store owner fears supplies won’t arrive in time for Christmas


An Edinburgh toy store owner has raised concerns that some popular toys may not arrive in time for Christmas.

Donald Nairn, who runs Toys Galore at Morningside, said a shortage of truck drivers and supply chain issues had put some popular toys at risk.

He told the BBC broadcaster: “At least half of them have increased the prices they charge us and although we do our best to absorb it there will invariably be price increases, I think, in the second half of the year, “he said.

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“They also have issues with delivery drivers and other ripple effects from Covid and Brexit.

“Basically we’re ordering as much stock as we can right now, so we have things to sell at Christmas.

“Some of the things that I foresee will be incredibly rare, like the Barbies for example.

“It’s very difficult to determine exactly where the problem is going to be, but I think if we do as much as possible now, we should be in a reasonably good position before Christmas, that said, there will be shortages.”

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A UK government spokesperson said: ‘We recently announced a package of measures to help tackle the shortage of heavy truck drivers, including plans to streamline the process for new drivers to obtain their weight licenses. heavy and increase the number of tests that can be performed.

“We have also temporarily relaxed the rules on driver schedules to allow truck drivers to make slightly longer journeys, but these should only be used when needed and should not compromise safety. driver safety. “


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