Buying Limits on Paper, Cleaning Products Return

Some stores fear a second big run on necessities as COVID-19 cases increase.

November 10, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As the number of COVID-19 cases grow, some U.S. grocery stores are once again placing limits on specific products, such as toilet paper and hand soap, according to

Kroger, which operates stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, said in a statement that it has "proactively and temporarily set purchase limits to two per customer" on merchandise such as paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap and sanitizing wipes.

Since May, New York-based Wegmans has restricted purchases of paper towels and toilet paper and plans to maintain those restrictions. Both H-E-B of Texas and Pennsylvania-based Giant have purchase limits on paper towels and toilet paper.

The spread of COVID-19 is not slowing down, and some experts expect another rush on high-demand necessities. In fact, some predict that the second wave of panic buying could be worse than the first because consumers have negative memories of earlier shortages.

Be sure not to miss the education session “Strategies of Category Management Superstars,” available to NACS Crack the Code Experience attendees, which runs through December 4. The session offers a look into how convenience retailers can incorporate the latest strategies for managing inventory within their stores. Register now and get access to these sessions, along with 50+ education sessions, virtual showrooms and online networking within the convenience and fuel retailing industries.

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