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Online and Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Planning for Grocery Buying Surge


Grocery operations are anticipating a buying surge based on experience gained during March and April. Both online suppliers and conventional brick-and-mortar stores expect heightened demand for groceries and household items and are responding accordingly.


With the advent of winter and an increase in COVID incidence, managers are increasing storage capacity, maintaining higher inventory and establishing new channels of delivery.  Although cleaning items and packaged foods can be stored in pantries, it is questioned whether perishables including dairy products, meat, and eggs will benefit from increased levels of purchasing.  A survey conducted by Inmar Intelligence during the week of October 14th determined that 60 percent of shoppers intend to stock up, although the extent of their purchasing may not rise to the level of March and April.