Ahead of Alberta Health’s announcement on Tuesday about new sanctions to curb rising COVBID-19 numbers, Albertans are rushing to stockpile in stores across the province.
However, experts say there is no need to start stockpiling as retailers adopt their supply chains to meet the increased demand from customers.
John Graham with the Retail Council of Canada said the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic were an important lesson for store owners.
“The supply chain is very strong,” Graham said.
“Apart from spring, grocery stores have a lot of time to switch from home to home use.”
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Graham said consumers need to adjust how they shop, but they do not need to change the size of what they are buying. In short – you do not have to go out and supply toilet paper for a year.
“Look for opportunities to do peak off shopping,” Graham said. “Grocery stores and most retail stores are very quiet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays any week.”
Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi Asked about reports of people buying more than necessary, he replied more directly.
“Stop hoarding. We learned our lesson in March, there was plenty of toilet paper to go around.
“Be careful … and don’t raise prices too heavily.”
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The RCC has also launched Shop early, shop safely The campaign urges people to plan their holiday shopping and take advantage of online delivery or curbside pickup.
“Make sure you haven’t stopped your shopping for the past few days this holiday,” Graham said.
“We want to create a safe environment with enough physical distance for everyone’s well-being.”
The RCC is encouraging Canadians to do solo shopping this year as a way to reduce congestion, following protocols in stores to ensure physical distance.
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