Supermarkets Face COVID Supply Difficulties | Canberra weather

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Images of empty supermarket shelves return as grocers begin to struggle in the supply chain. The rise of the Omicron variant is having major effects on supermarket suppliers, with Woolworths Managing Director Brad Banducci telling customers in an email “It’s because …[a] number of people in our supply chain [are] in isolation. “” We are experiencing 20% ​​COVID-related absences in our distribution centers and 10% in our stores, “Mr Banducci said. While on Thursday Woolworths did not introduce limits on purchase, Coles has implemented temporary purchases. limits on meat and poultry. This is also being felt by local supermarkets as essential stocks appear to be in short supply according to Barton Grocer’s manager, Todd Christian. we have ordered. ” , said Mr. Christian. “When I called the supplier to ask where the rest was, he told me they were very low and that was all we could get at the moment.” “We get our supply from Queensland and then the majority is from New South Wales so I imagine that’s to do with COVID.” READ MORE: Barton Grocer’s owner Dominic Costanzo said the store was also bracing for increased demand as more online orders came in from customers. “We try not to overorder too much because the last time we stocked up we were caught off guard with quite a bunch of stuff that was out of date, so now we just order as needed and go from there, ”Mr. Costanzo said.“ Customers only panic briefly when the big supermarkets can’t keep up, because they then come to independent stores, but that often peaks within a few weeks. ”Shop Rite grocery manager Jerry Thomas has also reported problems with the supply of poultry products and expects that stocks start to drop due to the amount of Omicron spreading. “At this point we haven’t noticed too much of a problem, apart from poultry the supply has been constant,” said Thomas. “The problem that we find has a lot to do with getting product around the state, it could be a transport company going into isolation or a driver testing positive, which then makes them more delicate things. ” “I think it could get worse, it could increase over the next two weeks, as more businesses will be significantly affected by this growing number of cases.” All stores reported that the only extreme demand they knew was for rapid antigen testing, which Campbell IGA manager Frank Pelle said is the biggest strain on small grocers. “Everyone’s calling for rapid tests and having a hard time getting them, otherwise it’s business as usual at this point,” Pelle said. “It’s a little busier than usual but I don’t know what to attribute that to, but don’t freak out with the stretch of the imagination.” “I think people have been there before, so I don’t think there’s so much panic because it’s the third time.” Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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