How is the stock of inventory in your local grocery store(s)?

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Many grocery and big box stores across the United States have been hard hit by shoppers, many of them hoarders stocking up with food and other supplies in anticipation of shortages later. Stocks of toilet paper, rice and pasta have been completely exhausted in some stores.

Although experts say our supply of food and other essentials is excellent, it hasn’t stopped some consumers from stocking up. At Costco, lines have often been an hour long or more.

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HOLLY THOMPSON
5 months ago

Tucson Costco. Masked & gloved, at special senior hours, dear hubby braved the wilds: Today was the first time in a while that Costco had toilet paper back in stock. He only bought one package – no hoarding here. They also had tissues back in stock. Fry’s and Albertsons have been a hit and miss on paper products, milk and other staples. Rice of all things has been out of stock till today. Crazy what folks have been panic buying. Three weeks ago the shelves were bare!! On another note, back in January, some idiot threw a rock at our 5th wheel RV, which is parked in our back drive – shattering the side glass. We submitted the claim, by the time it went through the process, the Corona Virus hit the fan and now the glass factory is shut down, so we’re won’t see a replacement window for at least 4 or 5 months or whenever they open the factory up and start making glass again. Oh my. This is not a pity party. I am not whining. I am just remarking on the amazing trickle down impact this whole thing is having. Please stay home. Socially isolate. Don’t leave home. It’s not worth it folks.

brianwozencroft
5 months ago

I live in gravenhurst ontario canada, shopping at sobeys. Stock good, disinfect carts, food belts, marks on floor 6 ft apart. Impressed. Brian

Denny wagaman
5 months ago

The senior hours at our grocery store is worse because it congested, close contact, waiting for the doors to open and keeping the proper distance. Waiting 20-25 minutes to go through the check out.
I prefer Going during the day with the regulars. I see no advantage for senior hours. It probably works for others though.

Ted Denman
5 months ago
Reply to  Denny wagaman

Why in the world would a store in Florida create special “senior” hours?? The average age of those in Florida is 68 years old!!!!! Stupid idea!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
5 months ago
Reply to  Ted Denman

I think those hours are just for the seniors who want to shop then. They are not restricted to just those hours. And the number of hours designated for seniors or those with underlying health issues are very few each week, so it doesn’t restrict or “inconvenience” other shoppers very much. —Diane at RVtravel.com

DJS
5 months ago

Tucson Arizona – paper products only if you get up early. I think ALL stores should have a “No Returns” policy once this crisis is over for all paper and cleaning supplies. So many people who only think of “me”

livingboondockingmexico
5 months ago

I live in Northern Mexico. Our HEB stores are well-stocked. There are some issues with hand sanitizer but lots of toilet paper. They do have limits on some items such as canned goods to 4 per purchase. Other than that we have plenty of fresh produce, meat and the TP. I’m sure it will get worse here but in the meantime all is good.

Cheryl Bacon
5 months ago

I cannot honestly tell you what our shelves look like. We have been doing Curbside Pickup for 3 weeks. As far as that goes, except for hand sanitizer, we have gotten most of what we have been looking for. They might not be our “favorite” brands, organic if your choice, the ground beef might not be the percentage of fat you want, you might order 2 of something and only get one, but except for a few items eventually they show up. We have a running grocery list, and just keep putting in orders and get what we can, then take inventory, wait 5-7 days and place another order. The grocery store chain we use is hiring people at their warehouses left and right. We stopped shopping at any place that does not offer curbside service or insist on you going into the store to get the item, if it is in stock. The restaurants here that offer curbside pickup and free delivery are busier than they expected. I’m sure their sales are still down, but they are doing ok. We stopped doing Sams and Costco before this even started because we just don’t buy in bulk any longer so I cannot tell you how they are doing. Our neighbor does work for Walmart at one of the warehouses and he says they are constantly getting trucks in, and they are staying very busy emptying them and and packing to go elsewhere.

Kelley Miller
5 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

I have not been able to do curbside pickup for groceries because none of the items I need are available to order. I live in a rural area, so Walmart is basically my only choice. So, I went to the store as soon as they opened yesterday morning, and I was able to get almost everything. Not sure why it won’t let me order them online. I would really prefer to not have to go inside the store.

Ham Radio
5 months ago

The stores in Southern CA are catching up, except Costco which still has huge lines outside. We found that ethnic markets were a best bet. The Asian markets had rice and the latino markets had canned goods (bilingual labels, but illustrated), pasta sauces and tortillas. We do not need paper goods but they are available if you get there at store opening. Walmart is restocking regularly and their Sam’s Club warehouses are handling crowds well, with purchase limits in place. We maintain pantry stock and are only buying what we normally use. Happy to report everyone is courteous and polite.

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5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Radio

Hey, Ham Radio. Thanks for your comment. Just wanted to mention (seeing your email address) that my grandfather’s ham radio license was K7SD — waaaaaaay back when. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tom
5 months ago

Shelf’s for Paper products and dry goods like rice and beans are mostly bare. Fresh fruit n veggies stock are fine

Roy
5 months ago

We’re at our home base in Ohio and our local stores now have most everything and the only thing limited yesterday was ground beef. (That surprised me) However some items have had their price raised. May be that was to pay for the extra cleaning people/materials they are using.

Ted Denman
5 months ago
Reply to  Roy

You must not be near Cincinnati. Kroger stock is horrible! I used their “click it” option, for the first, and last time, for pick up, and 40% of my order was not there. And I didn’t order TP, paper towels, or hand sanitizer! Time to try smaller stores, if they are deemed “essential”.

Roy
5 months ago
Reply to  Ted Denman

Opposite corner of the state.

MrDisaster
5 months ago

In Mt.Vernon WA., the Walmart had a run on cereal, pasta, rice, TP paper towels, sanitizer canned meals, canned meats and vegetables. Pasta, rice and canned goods are still noticeably limited. Now butter is in short supply and all cooking oils. Curiously idolized table salt was out for three weeks in February and while there was some on one trip it is out again. This shows that the supply chain is more tenuous that we expected and not very elastic ( can’t expand quickly to fill the voids) and the manufacturing base is slow to ramp up production. Maybe the system will learn to add inventory at all levels and limits quantities early on to reduce shortages.

Ken
5 months ago
Reply to  MrDisaster

Adding inventory, at least in the long term, is problematic. Most grocery stores and warehouses operate on a just-in-time (JIT) principle. Supplies arrive just in time to go out to the stores and to be purchased by customers. Inventory costs money and most grocery stores operate on a very low profit margin. When I was in the business, net profit was less than 1 penny on the dollar.

Beverley Fitch
5 months ago

It is nice for some stores to set aside early hours for seniors to shop. The problem is that items are delivered on different days and seniors can’t go every day to obtain different groceries. Walmart here only gets bread on Mondays. If you don’t shop on Monday early it is all gone. I don’t know that there is an answer other than hope the situation resolves with time.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Beverley Fitch

We quit the special “senior hours” shopping because there were more people in the store than during regular hours.

Katalin Heymann
5 months ago

It’s been almost 4 weeks since I have found toilet paper, facial tissues, napkins, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, or rubbing alcohol. I finally purchased paper towels & bottled water yesterday. I’m 68 with several underlying health conditions so it’s always scary to go to the store. Most people here, in the stores of Lake Havasu City & Kingman, in Arizona don’t seem concerned. The governor hasn’t ordered a statewide shelter-in-place but only essential stores seem to be open.

Patti Panuccio
5 months ago

NM shut down very quickly and the stores were emptied the first weekend. My sams club plus membership gave me free shipping for most of the essentials, however, TP is still a problem.

Lee
5 months ago

TP, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol and gloves are pretty much unobtainable. Staples like flour and sugar are in short supply, so timing store visits is everything. Canned soups are hard to get and canned and frozen veggies are scarce as is pasta and noodles.
Things are slowly starting to re-appear as folks calm down some. Last week there was no pork of any kind available, and no chicken. Today the butcher shops are pretty well stocked with pork, but chicken is still scarce. I suspect that the processing plants, are severely impacted by the virus outbreak.
It’s all good though, I grew up in snow country with routine power outages in the winter, and my wife and I lived in the High Sierra for 17 years, so having a couple three weeks of supplies on hand is normal for us. We may not be able to get exactly what we want at time, bt we have what we need.

Fred
5 months ago

Costco online ordering has a $75 minimum to get free delivery, but they are out of so many items, it’s nearly impossible to put together a $75 order. They should lower the minimum to $35 for awhile.

Montgomery Bonner
5 months ago

For what it’s worth, larger cities are going to have more shortages, but stay where you are and don’t come to our town thinking we are going to let you in. Told Commissioner to block roads from the east and south because of horrible outbreaks of it there. This too will pass. So far the flu is wining.

Diane
5 months ago

Publix near us in Florida hasn’t had toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, hand-sanitizer, hand soap in bottles, or Clorox wipes for a few weeks. Went there a couple days ago again and they still have none of those items but now in addition no canned soup, no dish soap, no chicken (but did have a little bit of steak and a little pork), and hardly any milk or butter. Understandably, they were limiting highly sought after items to two per customer.

KellyR
5 months ago
Reply to  Diane

My wife and daughter have basically found the same thing at our Publix. Daughter did find milk and eggs yesterday – still no toilet paper after two weeks. Maybe someone from the mid-west could send some corn cobs to Fla. Our county has us somewhat locked down. Can only leave the house for bank (drive thru), groceries, pharmacy, gas (where can we go anyway?), and drive thru restaurants.
Being from the mid-west – being snowed in, floods,etc. and hurricanes here in Florida we don’t seem to be THAT inconvenienced by staying at home. However, we are retired and if still employed, I would be on the essential personnel, front line list. I feel for what my friends at my old job are going thru.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

Since we’re not at home at the moment, I can only report on the stores in Quartzsite, AZ. I think most who come down here would agree that the Roadrunner Market is a favorite store because it has more of everything than just about any of the other stores in town. So, my answer is #2. We even got eggs yesterday. They limit water purchases to one flat per person. Their fresh produce selection is not bad, especially given where Quartzsite IS!

The Family Dollar Store also seems to be a favorite, especially among the locals (remember Chuck’s story?). Lotsa water and ice.

People are friendly, especially the RV’ers, and it’s pretty easy to distinguish who we/they are. Just sayin’.

Sink Jaxon
5 months ago

Since this thing started, our local grocery stores (2 in a town of 3600) have not had TP, hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes. Presently, eggs and fresh produce are becoming less and less. A bit worrisome. Wonder where this will all end. Also we have NOT been hoarding, we are considerately leaving products for our neighbors.

Pat
5 months ago

Went to Publix in Anderson, SC yesterday. Shelves had most items. Produce, Dairy, Bakery normal. Store was enforcing limits of two on milk, soup, canned meats, etc. White chicken gone, but plenty of thighs. More pork than beef. Frozen in pretty good shape except low on pizzas. Some paper towels and napkins, kleenex. Flour low. I didn’t check the cleaning aisle. I did see toilet paper at CVS later.