Large retailer imposes purchase limits on toilet paper

Australian supermarket chain restricts sale of essentials to curb panic buying

Large Australian supermarket chain Coles has introduced a ‘fair’ buy-per-buyer quota to deal with a wave of panic-buying amid rising cases of Covid-19 and chain issues. supply.

The retailer announced “national purchase limits” of one packet of toilet paper and two packets of pain medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin per customer.

The change was made to “maintain availability and make it fair to everyone”, Coles tweeted Tuesday. The company urged customers to “continue to treat our team with kindness and respect, and buy only what you need.”

The news came after Australians started clearing the shelves of several supermarkets and pharmacies amid rising Covid-19 cases in the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Michael Kidd on Sunday advised people to stock up on painkillers, as many would likely test positive for the virus in the “days to come”.

“It’s important to be prepared because you won’t be able to go to your supermarket or pharmacy if you are diagnosed with Covid-19,” Kidd said.

Waves of panic buying first hit various countries in the spring of 2020, when the pandemic began. Australian media reported that shoppers were struggling to find items like meat and flour before Christmas. The current situation has been exacerbated by staff shortages at retailers like Coles and Woolworths and supply chain disruptions.

Woolworths CEO and Managing Director Brad Banducci told ABC on Monday that up to 40% of employees did not show up for work at the chain’s distribution centers.

“Absenteeism is a direct and indirect consequence of Omicron,” he said, referring to the strain of coronavirus causing the spike in cases.



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