Big retailers impose ‘buying restrictions’ on toilet paper – Action News Now

Major Australian supermarket chain Coles has introduced a “fair” buying quota per shopper in response to a wave of panic buying triggered by rising Covid-19 cases and supply chain issues.

retailer announced “National Purchase Order” One pack of toilet paper and two packs of pain relievers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin per customer.

change to “Maintain availability and make it fair to everyone,” Coles tweet Tuesday.The company urged customers “Continue to treat our team with kindness and respect and only buy what you need.”

The news comes after Australians began clearing shelves in multiple supermarkets and pharmacies amid rising Covid-19 cases in major cities in Sydney and Melbourne.

Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Michael Kidd on Sunday advised people to stock up on painkillers as many could test positive for coronavirus. “The next few days.”

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

In the spring of 2020, when the pandemic started, waves of panic buying first hit different countries. Australian media reported that shoppers were struggling to find products such as meat and flour in the run-up to Christmas. Staff shortages and supply chain disruptions at retailers such as Coles and Woolworths have exacerbated the current situation.

Woolworths chief executive and managing director Brad Banducci told the ABC on Monday that as many as 40 per cent of staff were not at work at the chain’s distribution centres.

“absenteeism is a direct and indirect consequence of Omicron,” He said, referring to the coronavirus strain behind the surge in cases.

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