What products are still in short supply?
All sorts, across the store. Even with purchase limits (alright,
rationing) dried pasta, eggs and various tinned goods can be hard to
find at times. Fresh produce and fresh meat aren’t too bad, but even
there, ranges are slightly reduced.
There’s also the issue of staff shortages; People having to look after
their children, people in self-isolation or off sick (for whatever
reason, not just coronavirus) one’s even resigned where I work. Sure,
we’ve taken on new staff to cope, but it takes time for them to become
familiar with the routines and location of stock. Doubly so, with no
visual clues - empty shelves have no products you can match to, and
reading the labelling takes time. We help them - of course we do - after
all, we were all new ourselves, once.
With lock-down comes ‘ways in which we can occupy ourselves’. One of
them is baking. Therefore ready-made pastry, flour, caster sugar, etc.
are also selling faster than normal. Ready meals, OTOH, are almost
Logistics too, is a problem; Even with an amnesty on MOTs for
commercial vehicles (test centres are closed), and an extension to
driver’s permitted hours, there are still difficulties getting some goods
to their destination - drivers sick or in self-isolation, etc.
This message is far longer than I originally intended it to be. To say
nothing of being grossly off-topic. OTOH, it hopefully gives people a
better insight into what’s going on behind the scenes in their local