The desperate run of toilet paper that exposed store shelves across the United States last year became a symbol of the panic that hit Americans in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, Delta variants are increasing caseloads in many parts of the country, and at least one big-box retailer is trying to prevent the frenzy from repeating.
Costco, a retailer known for its bulk food and cleaning bargains, imposes some restrictions on key items such as toilet paper, cleaning products and Kirkland Signature water in its fourth-quarter earnings announcement Thursday. I confirmed that. ..
The company didn’t specify what these restrictions were, but Costco’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Richard A. Galanti noted “increasing Delta-related demand.”
He said the supply chain was also affected by “port delays.” Lack of containers; Confusion of Covid; Lack of various components, raw materials, raw materials. Pressure on labor costs, and a shortage of truck drivers and drivers. “
“A year ago, we were out of stock,” Galanti said, according to a phone record posted on The Motley Fool’s website. “There are a lot of products now, but there is a two to three week delay in delivery.”
Costco says, “Order as much as you can and get it early” to keep the store shelves full. He said the company chartered three marine vessels to transport containers between Asia and the United States and Canada. Each ship can carry 800 to 1,000 containers at a time.