Early Christmas hoarding! – Supermarket shelves are beginning to fill up in anticipation of the holiday season.
Berny Torre reports that several grocery shelves were left empty yesterday as customers began storing up for Christmas early.
And, despite the fact that thousands of people have already reserved their Christmas delivery slots, it appears that stocking up on toilet paper is once again on the menu. Customers at Manchester’s Costco were seen pulling carts packed with toilet paper yesterday, in scenes reminiscent of panic buying before of the first lockdown.
Meat and frozen foods have been removed from several supermarket aisles, according to the Office for National Statistics, and one out of every six shoppers has been unable to purchase vital commodities. In addition, a survey found that two-thirds of shoppers are concerned about shortages in the run-up to Christmas.
According to a Grocer study of 1,000 individuals, hundreds of thousands have already reserved delivery slots for Christmas, with one in three beginning to stock up on food.
By midday on the first day of revealing its dates last week, Waitrose had 22,000 seasonal slots booked, with 112,000 by the end of the week. On its FAQ website, Ocado has a “sorry if you haven’t been able to get a Christmas slot in time” response.