Coronavirus Supply bottlenecks
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.
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.