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· A Second Grocery Stock Up on The Way
· Experts say more grocery hoarding is coming – stock up on these 5 things while you can
A Second Grocery Stock Up on The Way
Victoria Campisi, The Food Institute
Sep 9, 2020
More than half of shoppers plan to stock up on groceries if another coronavirus-related shutdown occurs, according to data from Acosta.
“As COVID cases continue to rise, most shoppers believe we’re headed for another shutdown and plan to respond accordingly, so retailers should be prepared for a new surge in stocking up,” said Darian Pickett, CEO of North American Sales at Acosta.
Acosta’s research found 67% of shoppers think another shutdown is extremely or somewhat likely to occur.
And the 23rd installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index indicated most Americans are hopeful COVID-19 will be under control in six months
The Index, released Sept. 1, found that two thirds of Americans say that returning to their pre-COVID lives is a large or moderate risk, down from 71% at the beginning of August. Americans’ social engagement is essentially unchanged over the last week with similar numbers reporting self-quarantining (18%), social distancing (76%), going out to eat (37%), or visiting friends or relatives (46%).
Meanwhile, Acosta found that 38% of shoppers stocked up at the start of the pandemic and plan to stock up again, while 15% did not stock up at the start but plan to this time and 17% stocked up at the start but won’t this time. Twenty-four percent of shoppers did not stock up at the start and also won’t be doing so if another shutdown occurs.
Although kitchen fatigue may be developing for many consumers, a new set of grocery related habits has been set by COVID-19, reported The New York Times (Sept. 8).
“People are moving on to more complex cooking, and we don’t see that going away,” said Rodney McMullen, the chairman and CEO of Kroger, where sales rose 30% at the onset of the pandemic.
McMullen noted that he and others in the business say the COVID-driven return to the kitchen could change grocery shopping forever.
“This is a pivotal time in our history,” said Anna Nagurney, a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts who studies supply chains. “Not all of what we’ve seen will stick, but a lot of it will.”
For example, the need to avoid infection has taught people how to get by on fewer trips to the store and to make adequate shopping lists.
“People now go to the store with purpose,” said John Owen, the associate director for food and retail with Mintel...
Experts say more grocery hoarding is coming – stock up on these 5 things while you can
o Labor Day weekend is behind us, schools have reopened across the country, flu season is just around the corner, and new coronavirus case numbers are nowhere near as low as officials like Dr. Fauci want them to be.
o An increasing number of experts think that there could soon be another big rush of grocery hoarding.
o It shouldn’t be as bad as it was when things took us by surprise back in March and April, but you should still stock up on critical essentials like best-selling 3-ply coronavirus face masks, FDA-authorized Powecom KN95 face masks for higher-risk situations, Purell hand sanitizer, and more.
By Maren Estrada, BGR
September 14th, 2020
Things are not going particularly well right now with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Schools across the country have reopened for in-person classes and the flu season is right around the corner. Needless to say, the combination could be disastrous and some experts believe we’re on the verge of a huge second rush of grocery hoarding. You all undoubtedly recall how horrible things were back in March and April of this year when it was practically impossible to find essentials like face masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, household cleaners, and of course toilet paper. Availability has improved dramatically since then, so there’s no way things will get as bad as they were. That said, it’s still probably a good idea to load up now on some key essentials in case people start stockpiling essentials again.
Everyone knows by now that they need to wear face masks whenever they go outside. They also know they need to use hand sanitizer like Purell whenever they touch a surface or object in public or anything foreign that comes into the home, such as packages and groceries. They know they need to sanitize things in their homes and offices with disinfectant wipes all the time (Lysol Wipes and Purell wipes are in stock right now, but prices are inflated so only get them if you have an urgent need). Not everyone is as smart or as cautious though, and there will likely be supply shortages in the coming weeks and months as case numbers continue to soar.
You don’t want to have to deal with another rush of grocery hoarding, but you may be running out of time to get out ahead of it. That’s why you should definitely stock up now, and there are five key things you’d be wise to focus on.
Face masks ...
Hand sanitizer ...
Toilet paper ...
Paper towels ...
Household cleaners ...