Clorox CEO-elect says company makes 1 million packs of wipes per day

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Linda Rendle, CEO-elect of Clorox, said on Monday the company “is making more disinfectant products than we’ve ever had before” in an effort to meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As of January, we are able to manufacture 100 million more disinfectant products than before, an increase of 50%,” Rendle told Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. “And specifically for wipes, we manufacture nearly a million packages every day and ship them to stores. ”

The company recently warned that store shelves would not be fully stocked until next year, as the pandemic has resulted in a supply shortage.

CLOROX WIPES SHORTAGE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2021 AS CORONAVIRUS CONDUCTS DEMAND

“Disinfectant wipes, which are the hottest commodity in the industry right now, are likely to take longer because it’s a very complex supply chain to manufacture,” outgoing CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters.

This July 15, 2011, a file photo shows Clorox-branded products lined up on the shelf of a supermarket in New York’s East Village neighborhood. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer, file)

To ensure consumers are notified when cleaning products are available for purchase, Rendle noted that there are many stores where customers can sign up for online reminders to know when products are back in stock. or that allow you to find stores with products in stock. near you based on your postal code.

She also recommended calling store managers to find out when shipments are arriving at their stores so you can plan your shopping trip accordingly.

Additionally, Rendle said there are other products currently in stock on the company’s website, such as Clorox bleach, which customers can use as an alternative to disinfectant wipes.

“We have lots of tips on how you can use it to sanitize surfaces all over your home,” Rendle added.

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Clorox Co. reported a 21.9% increase in sales for the fiscal fourth quarter as consumers stockpiled cleaning supplies during the pandemic. Sales in the health and wellness segment of Clorox, which includes disinfectants in addition to vitamins, increased 33%.

The company posted fourth quarter revenue of $ 1.98 billion, up from $ 1.63 billion in the same period last year.

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Rendle, a 17-year veteran of the company, is expected to be promoted to CEO and elected to the company’s board in September, while Dorer will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board.

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