Coronavirus Supply bottlenecks

von Redaktion LZ
Dienstag, 03. März 2020
E-food suppliers are experiencing increased demand for long-life foods due to the spread of the coronavirus.
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E-food suppliers are experiencing increased demand for long-life foods due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Food delivery services Picnic and Getnow are experiencing a strong influx of customers due to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, and slots for supermarket operator Rewe's delivery service are becoming scarce in some regions.
Not only traditional retailers register a leap in sales of certain products due to the coronavirus: "Durable food and hygiene articles such as hand soap and disinfectant spray are in particularly high demand - these articles are currently being ordered up to ten times more," reports Frederic Knaudt, managing director of online grocer Picnic. Despite the strong increase in demand, Picnic was able to serve all its customers as usual.
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Online grocer Getnow, however, informs its customers already about possible delays. On its website, the company warns of supply bottlenecks that could occur due to increased demand. Getnow is also increasingly ordering durable food: "Since last week, more and more classic stocks have been purchased," the company says. Supermarket company Rewe's delivery service has hardly any free delivery slots this week, reports magazine Etailment. 

Meanwhile, a 10-day emergency package "Durable Food", offered in retailer Real's online shop, has become a bestseller. For EUR 93.80, customers will be able to buy chocolate, canned soups and other products that are intended to last a long time. However, it is estimated that delivery will take between ten and 14 weeks.

In the Real online shop, an emergency package with durable food is the big seller.
Screenshot LZ | real.de
In the Real online shop, an emergency package with durable food is the big seller.

Comeback of canned bread

The German trade association, on the other hand, sees no restrictions on the availability of goods due to the spread of the coronavirus. The supply structures in retail are efficient and well prepared, the supply is guaranteed, according to the spokesman of the German Trade Association, Kai Falk.

"We are in a position to deliver later", said the Vice Managing Director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Trade Association, Günter Päts. In the supermarkets in Berlin and Brandenburg, however, sales increased by 30 to 40 percent last week. According to Päts, one product, in particular, is making a comeback thanks to Covid-19: canned bread. "For many years there was little or no demand for bread," he said.

A spokesman for the Bavarian trade association reported in Munich on Saturday that suppliers have already had stocked up their inventories. "We are prepared for increased demand." It was said that there has been no increase in so-called 'hamster purchases' in the area due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. In individual cases, however, he could not rule this out. [hue/jh/dpa]

This text was originally published in German and machine-translated into English.

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