As Covid-19 cases grow nationwide, and consumers seek to stock up to face possible lockdowns, some supermarkets have begun to limit the sale of certain items to avoid shortages.
As COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States, some supermarket chains are putting limits on the purchase of certain products, including toilet paper and wet wipes, as a way to prevent consumers from hoarding products, and allow shelves to stay stocked.
About 19% of products like toilet paper, paper towels, as well as 16% of household cleaning products, were sold out during the last week of October, according to a report from market research company IRI.
Through a statement, the Kroger chain of stores reported that "it has temporarily established purchase limits of up to two items per customer in products such as toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and hand soap."
Giant supermarket chain, which has more than 190 stores in the country, began putting a limit of one on purchases of toilet paper and paper towels last week. Christopher Brand, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement to Pennlive.com "that there is no reason to cause panic after announcing the measure."
In Texas, the HEB supermarket chain has been applying similar measures since last October 21 when it established purchase limits on disinfectant sprays, antibacterials, cleaning gloves, first aid products, alcohol, and disinfectant wipes, limiting only two products per person, according to a press release.
About 60% of consumers plan to stock up on essentials as winter approaches, according to a survey of more than 1,000 shoppers conducted by market research firm Inmar Inteligente, during the week of October 14, CNN reported.