The photo revealing Bunnings’ secret struggle – Warehouse giant facing crisis after wildfires and pandemic sparked a nationwide shortage of essential supplies
- Bunnings faces crisis after wildfires and Covid led to wood shortages
- The hardware giant’s customers have focused their frustration on its staff
- An ‘unprecedented demand’ for wood has wreaked havoc on Bunnings’ inventory
Bunnings Warehouse faces a worsening crisis after the 2019/20 bushfires and Covid pandemic led to a nationwide timber shortage.
The hardware giant’s customers have taken to staff frustration over the problem, which can last up to six months and has led to long delays in the construction times of new homes.
Surprising photos of bare shelves in the wooden aisles of Bunnings stores in Melbourne’s Maribyrnong and Croydon suburbs have exposed the dire consequences of the shortage.
Due to the scarcity of wood, desperate craftsmen and families have built their dream home without essential materials.
Bunnings faces a timber crisis following the 2019/20 bushfires and the global pandemic has led to a shortage (photo – empty shelves at Melbourne’s Maribyrnong Bunnings)
Surprising photos of bare planks in the wooden aisles of Bunnings stores in the Melbourne suburbs of Maribyrnong and Croydon (pictured) have exposed the dire consequences of the shortage
Since the pandemic began in March last year, ‘unprecedented demand’ for wood products has wreaked havoc on Bunnings’ rapidly dwindling stock.
Bunnings argues that the increased need for wood is partly due to people spending more time at home redecorating their homes, and to government building subsidies pushing land buyers to build from scratch.
“We know that restrictions create frustration for people across the industry,” Bunnings merchandise general manager Toby Watson told the paper. Herald sun.
“The vast majority of our customers are understanding and we support our team as they engage in challenging conversations and take a zero-tolerance approach to inappropriate behavior.”
Mr Watson said the hardware chain is working with its suppliers and trading customers to forecast demand and plan “earlier in the build process so we have extra time to manage orders.”
Australia’s chief economist of the housing industry, Tim Reardon, said the deficit, which could last through the end of 2021, was partly caused by the the federal government’s HomeBuilder scheme coupled with increased demand for timber abroad.
Mr Reardon said: shipping container prices, which doubled in the past year, only added to the already dire situation.
The hardware giant’s customers have been arguing with staff over the problem that could last up to six months and has led to long delays in the construction times of new homes.
Since the pandemic started in March last year, ‘unprecedented demand’ for wood products has wreaked havoc on Bunnings’ rapidly dwindling stock
It could leave Australians building a new home waiting six to eight weeks for completion while delaying renovations.
Australia’s devastating 2019/20 bushfire season has also played a role in the shortage, after infernos destroyed one-fifth of the country’s forests.
The wildfires raged for months, burning huge tracts of land, destroying homes, killing about half a billion animals and killing 33 people.
The 5.8 million hectares of charred land accounts for about 21 percent of Australia’s forested area.
The average annual forest loss in Australia due to fire is about two percent.