Chicken disharmony as KFC closes outlets

Media caption“Angry, sad, unhappy and hungry”: We speak to KFC customers

KFC has sealed some-more than half of a 900 UK outlets after smoothness problems meant they ran out of chicken.

Last week, a boiled duck sequence switched a smoothness agreement to DHL, that blamed “operational issues” for a supply disruption.

It was misleading when a smoothness problems would be rectified, a KFC orator said.

Workers are being speedy to take holiday though would not be forced to do so, he added.

“Our teams are operative prosaic out all hours to get a rest behind adult and using as shortly as probable – though it’s too early to contend how prolonged it will take to transparent a backlog.”

KFC has set adult a web page where “fans” can find their nearest opening that is still open.

It pronounced that in a restaurants owned by a chain, staff on short-term contracts would be paid a normal hours worked per day over a past 12 weeks, while those on salaries would be paid as normal.

However, 80% of KFC outlets are run on a authorization basis.

“Franchisees will be seeking their possess eccentric advice, though we’re enlivening them to adopt this process too,” pronounced a chain.

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Until final Tuesday, KFC’s duck was delivered by South African-owned placement organisation Bidvest, that describes itself as “the heading retailer of logistical and supply sequence solutions to a UK liberality and grill sector”.

But after a change in a contract, many of a food giant’s outlets began using out of duck products.

‘Teething problems’

“The duck crossed a road, only not to a restaurants,” KFC pronounced on Twitter.

“We’ve brought a new smoothness partner onboard, though they’ve had a integrate of teething problems – removing uninformed duck out to 900 restaurants opposite a nation is flattering complex!” it added, apologising to business for a inconvenience.

“We won’t concede on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of a restaurants are closed, and others are handling a singular menu or condensed hours.”

The matter listed KFC restaurants that were still open notwithstanding a problems.

The placement network uses program grown by a organisation Quick Service Logistics (QSL).

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DHL said: “Due to operational issues, a series of deliveries in new days have been deficient or delayed. We are operative with a partners, KFC and QSL, to redress a conditions as a priority and apologize for any inconvenience.”

The GMB kinship pronounced it had attempted to advise KFC that switching from Bidvest to DHL was a mistake. The change led to 255 pursuit waste and a closure of a Bidvest depot, pronounced Mick Rix, GMB inhabitant officer.

He said: “Bidvest are specialists – a food placement organisation with years of experience. DHL are scratching around for any work they can get, and undercut them.

“KFC are left with hundreds of restaurants sealed while DHL try and run a whole operation out of one placement centre. Three weeks ago KFC knew they had done a terrible mistake, though by afterwards it was too late.

One KFC customer, Claire, told BBC Radio 5 live she was astounded when she went out with her children during a weekend.

“We went on Saturday night to a internal KFC in Luton and queued for about 20 mins in a drive-thru, about 15 cars in a queue, and when we got to a tangible opposite and asked for a customary family bucket, we were told there was no chicken,” she said.

“The kids, who are nine-year-old twins, they wanted duck and clearly it wasn’t available, so we pronounced there’s zero accessible that we wanted, and we afterwards had a fun of queuing to get behind out again.”

Other discontented KFC business have been holding to Twitter to demonstrate their dismay during a shortages.

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