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Supermarkets Struggle To Keep Up With Demand As COVID Case Numbers Continues To Explode

Aussie shoppers are once again facing empty shelves as supermarkets struggle to keep up with the demand created by the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Various photos display empty shelves of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, and, the fan favourite, toilet paper.

Coles has recently introduced new temporary purchasing limits on certain grocery items across all its supermarkets as supermarkets around Australia continue to adapt to the supply chain impact of COVID-19.

CEO Steven Cain said in a message to customers as per Nine News, “over the last few months, the global and domestic disruption caused by the pandemic has presented us with a number of supply chain challenges. This includes a shortage of wooden pallets and transport workers, and international shipping delays.”

“More recently, an increase in COVID case numbers in the community has required more people to isolate, which has meant fewer people are available to work in Australia – including in the food industry.”

Woolworths director of stores Jeanette Fenske also mentioned that it was the movement of stock that was their main issue for struggling to keep up with the demand.

“We are seeing our customers shop in very responsible quantities and we’d like to thank them for continuing to do so,” she said.

Aldi, just like Woolworths has no buying limits in place so far.

“Although the ongoing COVID-19 situation has meant additional pressure to our operations, ALDI continues to do its best to minimise any disruption to our customers,” a spokesperson told 9 News yesterday.

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