The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has condemned the Extinction Rebellion demonstration at Newsprinters presses in Hertfordshire and Merseyside last night (Friday September 4) which has massively delayed the distribution of several major newspaper titles.
National President Stuart Reddish said: “Our members up and down the country have been left without supplies of the Times, Sun, Daily Mail and Telegraph and are having to deal with angry customers who are unable to get their daily newspaper.”
“This also impacts massively on our home news delivery operations. Many members have reported that their newspaper deliverers have been left hanging around as their deliveries have failed to arrive. It also means we are unable to get newspapers to our elderly and vulnerable customers.“
“Newsagents have played a critical role during Covid-19 in getting newspapers into the hands of readers and this is not helpful at a time when every sale counts.”
The NFRN has been liaising with News UK and the two main news wholesalers all morning to establish when and if members will be receiving supplies.