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· Supply Chain Strong No Need to Panic Buy
… Grocers say don't panic there's plenty of food and toilet paper…
· Seattle Safeway, Albertsons head: New limits on WA grocery stores ‘not significantly different’
… new restrictions for retail and grocery stores announced Sunday to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have hoarders hunting..
· Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores
Supply Chain Strong No Need to Panic Buy
Lance Tormey, News Talk KIT (WA)
November 17, 2020
Don't panic at the grocery store because grocers around the state say the local supply chain for food is strong. Thousands of people around the Yakima Valley and the state rushed to local stores on Sunday as the state prepared for another round of lockdowns.
Costco in Union Gap saw big crowds and a long line when it opened on Sunday morning similar to Costco stores throughout Washington State.
Grocers say don't panic there's plenty of food and toilet paper for everyone and no need to stock up.
Safeway and Fred Meyer and Walmart have announced purchase limits...
Seattle Safeway, Albertsons head: New limits on WA grocery stores ‘not significantly different’
By Gee and Ursula Show, MyNorthwest (WA)
November 16, 2020
The new restrictions for retail and grocery stores announced Sunday to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have hoarders hunting for toilet paper once again.
To get a better sense of what shoppers can expect at grocery stores as the capacity drops to 25% this week, Karl Schroeder, the president of the Safeway and Albertsons Seattle Division, joined KIRO Radio’s Gee & Ursula Show.
more, including links, audio [6:48 min.]
Walmart reports shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at some stores
By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business
Nov 17, 2020
New York (CNN Business)Shoppers are once again loading up on paper goods and cleaning supplies in areas of the United States hard hit by rising coronavirus infections, leading to empty shelves at some Walmart stores.
Officials at Walmart (WMT), the largest retailer in the country, said Tuesday that supply chains have not kept up with rising demand, and these goods have been harder to stock consistently in locations with sharp spikes in new virus cases. The United States has recorded more than 100,000 daily infections for two weeks straight, and on Monday reported more than 166,000 new cases.
"We do see big differences, depending on the communities that you're in," Walmart US CEO John Furner said on a call with analysts Tuesday after Walmart reported its quarterly earnings. "The specific categories where we have the most strain at the present time would be bath tissue and cleaning supplies."
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon called it "disappointing" to see "as many out-of-stocks as we have in consumables right now generally," although he said the situation had improved since the spring. He stressed that Walmart was better prepared to handle the demand than it was earlier in the year.
"It feels to me like we'll work through this period of time better than we did in the first wave," McMillon said.
Walmart has not implemented a storewide policy on purchase limits for customers. But store managers have the authority to "implement item limits based on their specific store experience to help sustain product availability," said Delia Garcia, spokesperson for Walmart, in an email.
The retailer also recently resumed counting the number of customers inside its stores as a safety precaution.
Several other leading grocery chains have reimposed limits...