As Covid surges, is pandemic panic buying returning?

Written by on December 24, 2020

As Covid surges, is pandemic panic buying returning?

By Megan Frank

December 24, 2020

Photo | Megan Frank / WLVR

As the coronavirus surges, pandemic hoarding is back. But how bad is it this time? WLVR’s Megan Frank checks in on how stores are handling the extra demand.

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Grocery stores are again struggling to keep certain items in stock – and placing limits on products like eggs, meat and toilet paper. 

But stores are responding faster to sudden demand spikes, according to Kathleen Iacocca, who teaches supply chain management at Villanova University. 

“We have more data and a better understanding of buying behaviors. We have stores like Walmart talking to stores like Target about best practices for forecasting and replenishing goods.”

Iacocca says retailers are also working with lesser-known manufacturers to refill their shelves. So, while popular brands may be hard to find, alternative brands should arrive faster than they did in March.

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