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Good Morning, Buffalo: As Covid-19 cases spike, consumers are stocking up again

Good Morning, Buffalo: As Covid-19 cases spike, consumers are stocking up again

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Nov. 18, 2020

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With an increase in Covid numbers, Tops Markets have been keeping up with a recent increase in shopping of essential items like toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning products as some shoppers begin hoarding again. Sue Jaskier, of Lancaster, gets a pack of toilet paper at the Tops on Transit Road in Depew, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. She say she's not a hoarder and doesn't think it's right. 

As Covid-19 cases spike, consumers are stocking up again

If you were at the grocery store over the weekend, you likely saw empty shelves and got a sense of deja vu.

As Covid-19 hospitalizations rise and possible business shutdowns loom, consumers are once again getting nervous and beginning to stockpile supplies such as household cleaners and paper products. To prevent hoarding, grocers are putting purchase limits on the most in-demand items, such as peanut butter, oatmeal and storage bags.

But this time around, grocers said they are ready.

"What the grocery industry experienced in March was unlike anything we had ever seen before," said Michele Mehaffy, Wegmans spokesperson. "We’ve certainly learned from that experience and have worked incredibly hard since then, not only to replenish supply, but also to make sure we don’t find ourselves in a similar situation."

Both Wegmans and Tops Markets have reached out to new manufacturers and suppliers to fill in gaps.

An internal team at Tops Markets has been studying global events and their effects on commerce, and had been expecting demand to spike this month. The company has begun carrying 10% to 15% more inventory in its warehouses than it normally would, and took special care to stock up on things such as turkeys and baking supplies in advance of the holidays.

"Our warehouses are replenished all of the time, every day, to make sure we can handle any spikes in business," said John Persons, Tops CEO.

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