The United States and Canadian grocery chains have begun responding to consumers that are stockpiling for the coronavirus. This response includes limiting the available number of food items that each customer can purchase. HEB Texas was the first to implement limitations, which extended essential staples. Those include Bread, Milk, Eggs, Boxed Pasta and Toilet Paper. An additional announcement was provided by Kroger, with the company confirming that other employees are being hired to account for the spiking demand in retail consumption. Food analysts suspect that corporations operating these grocery facilities will be forced to implement limitation tactics across North America.
There are substantial concerns that the increasing surge in individuals being employed by grocery chains or suppliers will prompt increased outbreaks. However, these corporations must respond to demands, and our economies must continue to operate moving forward. Sustaining limited exposure demands that North American citizens wear Medical Masks, Gloves and use Hand Sanitizer. This will ensure a 95% unlikelihood of acquiring the coronavirus or COVID-19. Most citizens are ignoring scientific evidence, with them instead stockpiling on food and toilet paper for the next two weeks. Panic of this nature hasn’t been seen since World War II in North America.
Franchise Management Incorporated Provides Insight
The Vice President of Industry Relations for Franchise Management Incorporated, a subsidiary of El-Rancho Food Services Limited, expressed that grocery chains are the lifeline for any community during a disaster. It shouldn’t be surprising that concerned families are stockpiling for personal safety, with grocery chains always being the first affected. It should be noted that Franchise Management Incorporated represents multiple wholesalers, grocery chains and product manufacturers throughout North America. These increased demands have forced FMI and El-Rancho to expand their operations overnight, just like countless other companies in the food industry.
Most executives throughout the food industry have collectively agreed that these limitation strategies will ensure that consumers are protected from increased exposure and will guarantee minimal hoarding going forward. Considering that a large percentage of household food is expired within two weeks, extensive hoarding is unneeded. The FMI Vice President noted that North American citizens can’t fight against each other with this epidemic, that they must come together as a society.