SUPERMARKETS have warned they have been hit by increased demand – fueling fears that a second wave of Covid will trigger a second wave of unnecessary panic buying.
Sainbury’s and online retailer Ocado have both uploaded notices to their websites warning customers that they may be struggling to secure a delivery slot.
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Ocado told buyers that “delivery slots are selling out faster than usual.”
Sainbury’s says vulnerable customers come first because “slots are always in high demand.”
Stores hope they don’t see a repeat of panic buying across the country in March that saw stocks of basic items, like bread and toilet paper, run out as people selfishly bought essentials in bulk. .
Supermarket managers were eventually forced to issue a joint letter to customers explaining “there’s something for everyone”, as long as people stay in their regular stores.
In March, Tesco created 20,000 temporary jobs after the outbreak caused people to panic and empty shelves.
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Its online orders have reached nearly 1.5 million customers per week online, up from around 600,000 at the start of the epidemic.
Other supermarkets also started recruiting staff at the start of the pandemic to help cope with a spike in demand.
Asda was looking for 5,000 new employees while Lidl advertised 2,500 positions.
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