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North America’s largest wholesale food distributor, Sysco, has had to delay or pause service to a "limited number of customers" in various locations around the country due to unprecedented labor shortages.
To combat the issue, the company is "aggressively recruiting delivery partners and warehouse associates," with the goal to restore service to impacted customers as soon as possible, a Sysco spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.
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Although Sysco expects this to be a "temporary situation" the company told investors during its fourth-quarter earnings call that the labor market has been "very challenging."
During a call with investors earlier this month, Sysco CEO Kevin Hourican noted that the company was able to hire over 6,000 associates in the second half of fiscal 2021. However, Hourican said the company still needs to increase its workforce due to the fact that "business recovery is happening faster than we had modeled."
"It is a very tight labor market out there and we are working extremely hard to ensure we can fill all of our warehouse and driver positions," he told investors.