On a regular basis, I purchase and eat several different brands and types of potato chips, including some Frito-Lay varieties. When I saw an article about a shortage of Frito-Lay snack chips in NYC on the Grub Street website today, I just had to read it.
According to the Grub Street article, bodegas and other small food stores throughout NYC are not receiving regular deliveries of Frito-Lay snack chips because many of the company’s local delivery drivers have quit their jobs.
It turns out that Frito-Lay is changing the pay structure for its delivery drivers nationwide, and some of the route drivers in NYC have been unhappy about the changes. The new pay structure will offer drivers a higher base salary, but will eliminate the highly profitable commissions that some drivers prefer to receive.
Approximately 20 percent of the Frito-Lay route drivers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, midtown and lower Manhattan have left their jobs because of the pay changes.
It is stated in the Grub Street article that some Frito-Lay drivers in urban areas that contain numerous small food stores were earning six-figure incomes with the commissions that were previously available.
While Frito Lay has been trying to cover the stores that were serviced by the former drivers, lots of store shelves in the city do not have any Lay’s potato chips, Fritos, Ruffles chips, Grandma’s cookies, Cheetos or Cracker Jacks to offer to their customers.
Some store owners are so desperate for Frito-Lay snack products, they are reportedly approaching drivers who are doing their routes, and trying to gain access to snack products from them.