Smyths Toys Ireland issue warning to parents over Christmas shopping shipping problems

By Colin Brennan

Smyths Toys Ireland have issued a warned to customers for Christmas this year due to global shipping issues and container shortages.

It may be only September, but Irish ­parents are being urged to buy gifts for the festive season early due to supply problems.

A Smyths Toys Ireland spokeswoman said on Tuesday: "Smyths Toys advises you to shop early for Christmas.

"This is always a good idea so as to avoid the rush and to avoid disappointment.

"It is particularly important to shop early this year as global shipping and container shortages are causing supply issues in many parts of our lives.

"We encourage you to sign up to our catalogue now or drop instore from 24th September to pick up your FREE 300 page Smyths Toys catalogue.

"This will give you the time to make those key gift decisions."

Some of the largest toy and home furnishing companies in the country have said that they are experiencing delays ahead of the festive period.

IKEA Ireland has warned of supply chain problems that are affecting the delivery of some products at its Irish stores, with up to 10 per cent of goods unavailable.

An IKEA Ireland spokesperson told the Irish Mirror: "Like many retailers, we are experiencing ongoing challenges with our supply chains due to COVID-19 and labour shortages, with transport, raw materials and sourcing all impacted.

"In addition, we are seeing higher customer demand as more people are spending more time at home.

“As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges with approximately 10% unavailable. We hope this will reduce as the situation improves in the coming weeks and months.

"Going forward, we’re constantly looking for more opportunities to secure product availability for our customers and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Penneys' owners are still waiting on the delivery of some autumn and winter stock due to freight and port disruptions.

A Penneys spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror: "We are experiencing some delays to the handover of some autumn/winter inventory caused by port and container freight disruptions.

"These delays are expected to reduce the inventory at the year end by some £200m compared to expectation with a corresponding increase in cash on hand."

This Christmas, it is predicted that the best-selling toys this year will include PAW Patrol, with demand expected to fuelled by a new movie based on the TV series which came out in the summer.

Other ranges forecast to be in demand include Coco Melon, Super Mario, Barbie and Bluey.

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