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Meijer, MI Retailers Association, MDARD urging consumers not to buy in bulk

The groups say consumers may be buying larger quantities than necessary, disrupting the supply chain.
Empty shelves in Meijer.
Empty shelves in Meijer.(WKYT)
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 10:11 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell, Michigan Retailers Association CEO William Hallan and Meijer CEO Todd Weer addressed the trend of consumers buying larger than necessary quantities.

They say overbuying and stockpiling of products may cause ripple effects in the supply chain.

“Michigan has an ample supply of food products and other items. But, when shoppers panic buy products like toilet paper, paper towel and other items, it creates a ripple effect within the supply chain,” said McDowell. “Buying what your household will use for the week keeps the supply chain moving, ensures everyone has access to what they need and allows the stores to replenish shelves for your next shopping trip.”

McDowell cited COVID-19 as having changed how people gather especially with the holidays nearing.

“The impact of this pandemic has not been easy, and it is not over as we see rampant community spread,” he added. “One thing we can all do to help each other during this time is buying only what you need. This ensures your friends and neighbors have access to food and other necessary products during this pandemic.”

During the first eight months of the pandemic, consumers would panic shop. Hallan is urging Michiganders to limit their shopping to buying a week’s worth of supplies.

“Retailers across the state continue to work hard to restore and maintain product levels in stores to meet the demand in communities,” said Hallan. “Consumers need to know that stores, particularly grocery stores, will remain open. Consumers should plan for essentials in weekly increments to ensure that supply levels remain steady over the next few weeks. As retailers continue to do their part to keep retail environments safe to shop, we are asking consumers to do their part by limiting quantities to ensure there is enough for everyone.”

If consumers are still leery about in-person shopping, Hallan encourages them to consider increasingly popular services such as curbside pick-up and home delivery.

“Our goal is to have everything our customers need, and our supply chain and store teams are working very hard to keep our shelves stocked during these busy times,” said Todd Weer, Senior Vice President of stores for Meijer. “As long as shoppers buy the number of items they normally would, then everyone should be able to check off the items on their grocery list when they visit the store.”

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