Even before Alberta Health announced Tuesday new restrictions to curb rising COVBID-19 numbers, Alberta residents were rushing to stock up on stores across the province.
However, experts say there is no need to start warehousing because retailers have adapted their supply chains to meet growing customer demand.
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John Graham of the Canadian Retail Council said the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were an important lesson for store owners.
“The supply chain is still very strong,” said Graham.
“Unlike the spring, grocery stores have had plenty of time to adjust to the shift from consumption outside the home to consumption at home.”
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Graham said that there may be a need for consumers to adjust the way they shop, but the amount of what they buy does not need to change. In short – you don’t need to rush to buy toilet paper for a year.
“Look at the opportunities for off-peak shopping,” Graham said. “Grocery stores and most retail stores are very quiet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays of any week.”
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Calgary Mayor Nahid Ninche provided a more accurate answer when asked about reports of people buying too much.
Stop hoarding. We learned the lesson in March, there’s a lot of toilet paper to go around.
“Be mindful … and don’t increase prices dramatically.”
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He also launched the Revolutionary Command Council Shop early, shop safely , Which urges people to plan their vacation shopping and take advantage of online delivery or pier pickup.
“Make sure you don’t put off shopping this holiday season until the last few days,” said Graham.
“We want to create a safe environment with wide physical distances in order to improve everyone’s condition.”
The RCC is also encouraging Canadians to shop alone this year as a way to reduce congestion, along with the following protocols stores may have to ensure physical spacing.
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