The two new items shoppers are buying are panic purchases from coronavirus as toilet paper returns to the shelves
Go over toilet paper! Woolworths boss says shoppers panic and buy two surprising items, while toilet roll and pasta return to supermarket shelves
- The supermarket giant has sold 21.5 million rolls of toilet paper in the past week
- Woolworths ordered an additional 500,000 pasta packs to meet demand
- The retailer expects to see more stock on the shelves next week
Woolworths CEO says panic buyers of coronavirus have switched from toilet paper and pasta and are now stocking up on cake mix and cleaning products.
Supermarket boss Brad Banducci said the stock-keeping parents keep their children at home to stop the spread of the virus turned their attention to baking and cleaning.
“Two of our strongest growth categories this week were cake mixes and household cleaners. Many more children bake and brush parents because we all spend more time at home, ”said Mr. Banducci 7 News.
Another shopper took a photo of shelves full of toilet paper at Woolworths in the Stud Park Shopping Center, south Melbourne
“We are doing our best to keep up with the extraordinary demand for cleaning wipes, including securing additional supply from alternative sources in the short term, much of which will hit stores in the coming weeks.”
He also said the supermarket sold 21.5 million rolls of toilet paper last week and put 500,000 new packs of toilet rolls and pasta on the shelves every week.
As a result, the retailer expects to see more inventory on shelves next week.
Woolworths in Lane Cove, north Sydney, still had around 100 packs of toilet paper on Sunday afternoon.
One packet of pasta remains on supermarket shelf in Macquarie Parkx, Sydney, amid coronavirus craze
Due to the pandemic of the corona virus, supermarkets have been deprived of essential products, including toilet paper, tissues, rice and other stock items, in the past month.
On March 23, supermarket giant Coles said panic purchases were starting to slow down.
Chief operating officer Matt Swindells said most customers had taken note of Scott Morrison’s strict warning to Australians to stop collecting groceries.
“I am pleased to report that shopping through our supermarket business has certainly returned to normal somewhere, and that has the teams with all the hard work they put into getting the stock back into the system,” said Mr. Swindells.
Coles and Woolworths still have restrictions on buying one package on toilet paper to prevent hoarders from clearing shelves.
Timeline of Australian panic purchases
March 1 – Panic purchases of toilet paper begin, with shelves in supermarkets across the country being taken out of the toilet roll as fear of coronavirus increases
4th of March – Coles introduces a limit of four pieces on toilet paper.
6 March – Three women are filmed in a shocking fistfight over toilet paper in a Woolworths in Chullora, 15 km west of Sydney CBD.
March 7th Video goes viral of an older woman slapping another shopper as she scrapes over the last pack of toilet paper in a Melbourne Coles.
13 March – Woolworths introduces a one-package limit for paper towels and napkins.
17th of March – Woolworths and Coles are introducing a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic of buying chaos in some stores.
18th of March – Woolworths says customers of most packaged products can only purchase two items from a single category, excluding fresh food.
18th of March – Scott Morrison demands that Australians stop collecting food and other essentials during a passionate press conference.
March 24th – Coles announces that it will allow emergency workers – including nurses and police officers – to shop during the special ‘community hour’.
April 1st – Panic buyers force Woolworths and Coles to cut back their weekly specials