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If there isn't really a food shortage (as most insist online), then why can't stores like Walmart &Costco (and local grocery store chains)?

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put out more staples like rice, bleach and toilet paper when the shelves are emptied less than 10 minutes after the stores open?  Stores make more if they sell more.  And they aren't putting out more, it must mean they can't GET more... right?

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  • In my area things like canned goods, flours, ice cream, frozen foods and dried beans are selling out. Fresh produce sells down quickly, specially fresh garlic for some reason. The store doesn't make more, the company that produces the items makes more. It's up to the store to re stock and get more of the items once they run out. It can take a while for supplies to get where they have to go, specially if they have to cross a boarder. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I think it’s because they have to wait for the next delivery. They’re probably putting out everything that they get when the trucks are unloaded. And also the stock people  can only stock so many items at once and they have more than one item to stock. So if something gets bought out the minute they put it on the shelf they’re probably already busy stocking the next item somewhere else in that aisle or a different one and can’t just run back and restock that particular item right away. Even if they have more in the back room. Anyway that’s just my guess having worked in supermarkets in past years. I could be wrong though. Maybe everything is just selling out that fast

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There's no shortage of food here in general.   Things that people have panicked over like toilet paper is still scarce.  I applaud Costco for saying they will not accept returns on these items so some people are going to be stuck with massive amounts of toilet paper that hopefully last them into 2030.

     

    If the stores had the stocks, they would put it out.  the problem is they order what they can and what historically they have used, they don't have massive ware houses in the back to store these products.  When consumers act like idiots, this is what happens.  if people started rushing out and hoarding gasoline, we'd be short of that also.

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They can get more which is why they restock all the time.  If they put more out, people just take more and stockpile it.  That will create a shortage if people continue to do that.  The supply chain is still working.  It's strained a bit in some areas, but some farmers still are producing more than can be sold.

    PS:  'as most insist online' HA!  That's a great, reliable, source for pretty much nothing.

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  • n2mama
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There really isn’t a shortage from the perspective that manufacturing and distribution continues. Manufacturing facilities making high demand items like hand sanitizers and toilet paper are running 24/7 production. Agricultural products like rice are a little different because the crop has to grow, be harvested and processed before it gets to the store. And you can’t really speed up the growth cycle to meet increased demand. But other products will continue without issue. Hens still lay eggs and cows still make milk, those should be available. 

    As A.J. said, because some people stockpile or hoard some items, they sell out quickly when they are restocked. And because some items are in shorter supply, when they are available, people who might not otherwise buy multiple packages may feel the need to buy more when they are available because they don’t know when they will be available again. So the cycle continues...

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    But if a few people buy it all out and stockpile at home, the supply chain has to be refilled. It moved from store inventory to home inventory for many items as people stockpile. They put a bunch out, and a few people buy it all.

    There isn't an unlimited supply. Manufacturer to warehouse to retail to home is the path. The "shortage" is for some people for a week or two, unless the next batch gets scooped up also. Certain items do go actual shortage because the usage rates jump, like hand sanitizer.

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    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      @LIsaV: If they are "not replenished", then nobody comes back. So, as a business, it's in their best interest to replenish whenever they can.  The fact that you don't see new stock doesn't mean it wasn't there.

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