Supermarket Supply Chain Issues, Purchase Limits, Coles Updates, Woolworths Aldi

australia large chains all face shortages, as isolation requirements lead to significant workforce reductions at both distribution and store level.

The photos show empty shelves of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and, of course, toilet paper.

East Village Coles, Zetland
Supermarkets are seeing empty shelves due to the Omicron variant hitting supply chains. (9News)

However, stores largely attributed this to supply issues rather than panic buying, despite cases soaring across the country.

Woolworths store manager Jeanette Fenske said inventory movement was the problem.

“We see our customers shopping in very responsible quantities and we would like to thank them for continuing to do so,” she said.

Woolworths Thornleigh
Fruits and vegetables are also scarce. (9News)

And she warned that things could get worse before they get better.

“I think as long as we continue to see an increase in community transmissions, we will continue to see disruptions in our supply chain to varying degrees,” she said.

Coles today updated its buying limits to clients, as Australian supermarkets continue to grapple with supply chain impact COVID-19[female[feminine.
Toilet paper is out of stock again. (9News)

“Over the past few months, the global and national disruptions caused by the pandemic have confronted us with a number of supply chain challenges. This includes a shortage of wooden pallets and transport workers, and international shipping delays, ”CEO Steven Cain said in a statement. message to customers.

“More recently, an increase in the number of COVID cases in the community has forced more people to self-isolate, which means fewer people are available for work in Australia, including in the food industry. “

He said this resulted in delivery delays and shortages in stores.

Panic buying isn’t blamed for shortages on the shelves. (9News)

Coles introduced purchase limits on a number of products this week.

Customers are now limited to two packs per customer of chicken breasts and chicken thighs – or six pieces of the deli.

The two-pack limits also apply to mince and sausages.

Unlike previous shopping shortages, fresh produce as well as long-lasting produce is on the rise. (9News)

With rapid antigen testing requested nationwide, Coles buyers are also limited to one per customer.

RATs are also not currently available to online shoppers.

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci yesterday described the impact of the Omicron spread on the supply chain.

East Village Coles, Zetland
Purchasing limits have been imposed in places. (9News)

“Unlike the buying spree at the start of 2020 (which might forget toilet paper), this is due to the number of isolated people in our supply chain – from suppliers to truck drivers and team members in the distribution center – which in turn causes significant delays. to store deliveries, ”Mr. Banducci said.

“To give you an idea of ​​the scale of the challenge, we are experiencing COVID-related absences of more than 20% in our distribution centers and more than 10% in our stores. “

Coles Eastgardens

How Australia coped with the emergence of the Omicron variant

New South Wales is currently the worst-hit state, but Mr Banducci said there were impacts across the country – and it was not clear how soon the system would recover.

Australia’s third largest chain, Aldi, like Woolworths, has no purchase limits in place.

“Although the current COVID-19 situation has put additional pressure on our operations, ALDI continues to do its best to minimize any disruption to our customers,” a spokesperson for nine.com.au said yesterday.

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