Waitrose's CEO has beaten up panic buyers, stating that their actions "inevitably mean that someone else will forego".
Panic buying across the UK has resumed amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus and another lockdown. Shoppers queue for 20 minutes to enter stores before further delays at the checkouts.
And online customers found it next to impossible to get delivery slots from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury & # 39; s and Tesco – some had no free slots for up to two weeks.
Restrictions have been put in place on items like flour and eggs, which were the fastest to go away during the country's initial lockdown.
However, stores have insisted that bare shelves, once filled with toilet paper and pasta, be replenished quickly.
An outraged customer wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Brilliant job @Morrisons Thamsmead. No queues outside of the store.
David Dowle added, “But the aisles are packed inside. No social distancing and 40 lines deep at the checkouts! The place is bullied and people are allowed to come in anyway! & # 39;
Waitrose's CEO has beaten up panic buyers, stating that their actions "inevitably mean that someone else will forego". Pictured: Empty shelves at a Sainsbury's in Wandsworth
Panic buying across the UK has resumed amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus and another lockdown. Shoppers queue for 20 minutes to enter stores before similar delays at checkouts. Pictured: Empty shelves at a Sainsbury's in Wandsworth
And online customers found it next to impossible to get delivery slots from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury & # 39; s and Tesco – some had no free slots for up to two weeks. Pictured: Empty shelves at a Tesco in Cambridge
And restrictions were put in place on items like flour and eggs, which were the fastest to go away during the country's initial lockdown. Pictured: Empty shelves at the Asda Superstore in Barnes Hill, Birmingham
However, stores have insisted that bare shelves, once filled with toilet paper and pasta, be replenished quickly. Pictured: A sign is displayed in a supermarket in Manchester with a limit of three items per customer
At an Asda in East London, the shelves were stripped of essentials such as toilet paper
The same Asda barely had any fresh products in the fruit and vegetable courses
Waitrose executive director James Bailey told the Sunday Times that "there is enough food to go around".
He added, “But when a person fills their house with all the pasta packages they can get their hands on, it inevitably means that someone else is going to go without them. They could be the most vulnerable or important workers. & # 39;
It comes after Tesco became the newest supermarket to ration groceries and housewares.
To avoid the bulk shopping that left store shelves across the UK almost empty in March, the supermarket giant will limit items like flour, dried pasta, toilet paper and antibacterial wipes to three per customer.
It comes after Morrisons announced on Thursday that it would ration certain items in its stores across the country.
The constraints come from supermarket bosses trying to avoid excessive repetition of the inventory panic seen in stores at the start of the pandemic in March.
Pictures of supermarkets across the UK have already shown empty or quickly emptied toilet roll shelves just days after the government announced stricter restrictions to fend off a second wave of coronavirus.
Pictures of supermarkets across the UK have already shown empty or rapidly emptying shelves just days after the government announced tighter restrictions to fend off a second wave of coronavirus. Pictured: An Asda from East London
It comes after Tesco became the newest supermarket to ration groceries and housewares. To avoid the bulk shopping that left store shelves across the UK almost empty in March, the supermarket giant will limit items like flour, dried pasta, toilet paper and antibacterial wipes to three per customer
Empty shelves with a few rolls of toilet paper in the Asda Superstore in Barnes Hill, Birmingham
On Saturday in Manchester a sign will be displayed in a supermarket with a limit of three items per customer
Tesco (pictured: a nearly empty toilet roll shelf at Tesco in Cambridge) is the newest supermarket to ration groceries and housewares as panic buying returns to the UK on fears of a second wave of coronavirus
To avoid the bulk shopping that left store shelves across the UK almost empty in March, the supermarket giant will restrict items like flour, dried pasta and toilet paper (Photo: A sign at Tesco in Cambridge that limits the toilet roll to one per piece) to customer )
It comes after both Aldi and Morrisons announced yesterday that they would impose rationing on stores across the country. Pictured: A woman leaves a Tesco in Steatham, London with two packs of toilet paper on Wednesday – before restrictions were announced
More than a quarter of the UK population is living under additional coronavirus restrictions and new socialization measures will go into effect in parts of the country this weekend.
In Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds, a ban went into effect at midnight on Saturday for households to mingle with one another. Cardiff and Swansea closed from 6 p.m. on Friday, raising the number of people under stricter rules to 17 million.
A Tesco spokesperson said, “We have good availability and inventory, and we want to encourage our customers to shop as usual.
& # 39; To ensure that everyone can continue to buy what they need, we've introduced bulk buy limits on a small number of products.
"To enable our customers to shop safely, we will also have colleagues at the entrances to our larger stores to remind customers of the safety measures we have taken, including the legal requirement to wear face-covering."
On Thursday, the bosses at Morrisons introduced curbs for toilet paper and hand gel. Bottlenecks have already been reported in stores across the country as the UK prepared for a second wave of coronavirus.
More than a quarter of the UK population is living under additional coronavirus restrictions and new socialization measures will go into effect in parts of the country this weekend. Pictured: An Asda from East London
Toilet roll shelves in an Asda in east London were uncovered today
Morrisons: The shelves of a supermarket in Leicester are empty today as fears mount. Britain faces a second national lockdown with the prospect of food shortages
Tesco: Tesco supermarkets, including this one in Ely, have started rationing toilet paper
The graph above shows the breakdown of British spending in supermarkets when panic buying started in March
The shelves were emptied after Boris Johnson delivered a speech to the nation Tuesday evening in which he set out a number of new restrictions, including an invitation to work from home whenever possible.
The new restrictions can last up to six months.
Ahead of Friday's announcement, Tesco supermarkets began rationing toilet paper. Only one pack per customer was on the shelf of a store in Ely, Cambridgeshire today.
What changes are being introduced in supermarkets following PM's recent statement?
On Monday, Boris Johnson announced that face masks will be mandatory for shop workers, while fines for not wearing masks will rise to £ 200.
Asda has announced that it will be introducing 1,000 new Covid-19 marshals on the doors of its supermarkets to ensure customers are wearing the masks properly.
Morrisons also said it has reinstated guards to save entrances to ensure rules are enforced.
However, most of the health and safety measures in supermarkets have remained the same despite the new announcement.
Measures at Sainsbury & # 39; s and Tesco are believed to have remained largely unchanged from the last few months. The staff ensure that the number of shoppers in the stores is limited and that people line up outside according to the distancing rules.
The supermarket also only has limits on flour, dried pasta, baby wipes, and antibacterial wipes. There are additional restrictions on a small number of online products such as rice and canned vegetables.
The supermarket shelves had also been emptied of rice, pasta, and baked beans.
The announcement states: "Due to availability issues, the toilet roll is currently limited to one per customer."
In the meantime, an Aldi store appears to have again capped the amount customers can buy. A notice is displayed in a shop in Sydenham, south east London, prohibiting shoppers from buying essential items in bulk.
With concerns growing, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) urged customers to be considerate of others and “shop as usual”.
Some of the supermarket giants have insisted that they be well stocked and not have to limit how much of a particular product shoppers can buy.
However, Morrisons is taking steps to avoid the chaotic scenes earlier this year, when shoppers piled carts full of precious goods in case it became difficult to leave the house and withheld essentials from many others.
A spokesman told The Grocer: “We are putting a limit on a small number of important products like toilet paper and disinfectants. Our stocks of these products are good, but we want to make sure they are available to everyone. & # 39;
Sainsbury & # 39; s put a purchase cap on certain items this year, but told MailOnline that there are currently no such restrictions.
A Waitrose spokeswoman said: “We're not doing that at the moment. We keep a good level across all major product areas and also looked at the items people bought and planned ahead of time when the lockdown started. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis told Sky News earlier this week that the grocer has "very good food supplies".
He said, “We just don't want a return to unnecessary panic buying as it creates tension in the supply chain that is not necessary. And that's why we just want to encourage customers to continue shopping as usual. & # 39;
More empty spaces at Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambridgeshire, where toilet rolls are limited to one pack per customer, as demand has increased amid lockdown fears
Products have blown off the shelves at this Sainsbury's store in Taplow, Buckinghamshire
The UK's largest grocery chains put in place health and safety measures to cope with the pandemic earlier this year as their essential status meant that stores remained open, although some restrictions have been eased in recent months.
Stores were among the main beneficiaries when lockdown restrictions were first introduced, and demand for online purchases rose in March when shoppers were encouraged to stay home. As a result, the grocers rapidly expanded their online activities.
The supermarkets said the expansion allowed them to cope with higher demand as restrictions tighten again.
How will the impact of tighter restrictions differ from March?
The restrictions have been tightened in the last few days, but remain much looser than at the beginning of the pandemic, so that shopping habits can more easily be continued as usual.
However, supermarkets are prepared for even tighter restrictions after strengthening supply chains in the face of the pandemic.
Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at BRC, said retailers will remain a "safe space" even if further lockdown measures are enforced.
"Supply chains are stronger than ever and we do not expect any issues with the availability of food or other goods in a future lockdown," he added.
Online operations are also better able to cope with the surge in demand. Most major grocers have more than doubled delivery capacity since March.
Online retailer Ocado's shares have risen over the past week on surging demand as industry analysts reported high bookings for online shopping slots.
Wholesale Costco was inundated with customers this week with stores in Leeds, London and Manchester all seeing a surge in visitor numbers.
Many stores had to put up barriers to regulate the growing queues, and shoppers went with overcrowded trollies to stock up on supplies.
When customers flooded social media with pictures of empty aisles, one shopper declared, "It's happening again."
Giles Hurley, the CEO of Aldi UK, the UK's fifth largest supermarket group, emailed customers Tuesday to reassure them about Mr Johnson's address.
& # 39; Our stores continue to be full and ask that you continue to shop considerately. You don't have to buy more than you normally would, ”he said.
Analysts are skeptical that another round of panic buying will occur and also believe that supermarkets are much better prepared for a possible surge in demand.
"We believe the public has more confidence in their food system," said Shore Capital analyst Clive Black.
However, analysts expect a boon to supermarket trading due to the new restrictions on the UK hotel industry.
Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said: "We urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally do."
He downplayed the existence of panic buying and recognized the "excellent work" retailers did in providing food during the pandemic.
He reassured the public, adding, "Supply chains are stronger than ever and we do not expect any issues with the availability of food or other goods in a future lockdown."
But supermarkets are increasing security at their doors and have doubled the number of delivery places.
Meanwhile, Asda has announced 1,000 new security marshals to help enforce government wear and face mask recommendations, and will be giving refurbished baskets and trolleys to customers as they enter the store.
Morrisons also said it has reinstated guards to save entrances to ensure rules are enforced.
Despite the new announcement, most of the health and safety measures in supermarkets have remained the same.
Measures at Sainsbury & # 39; s and Tesco are believed to have remained largely unchanged from the last few months. The staff ensure that the number of shoppers in the stores is limited and that people queue outside according to the distancing rules.
Costco wholesale stores across the UK saw a surge in shoppers this week, creating long lines (Image: Costco store, Leeds).
Earlier this week, long lines also formed at Costco in Chingford, north London, with special barriers being erected in a zigzag formation to control the growing crowd
On Monday, the Prime Minister also introduced a 10 p.m. curfew on bars, pubs and restaurants.
The curfew does not affect supermarkets or convenience stores.
However, some analysts have suggested that the move – and another potential drop in commuter numbers after people were asked to work from home – could boost demand at the supermarket as the measures affect eating habits.
Shore Capital's Clive Black and Darren Shirley said the new guidelines could "step backwards" in restoring food-to-go specialists in what would prove to be a "hammer blow" to Greggs and Pret A Manger.
They said "the demand for retail grocery is likely to rise again" as more meals are eaten at home.
A Tesco spokesperson said, “We have good availability and inventory, and we want to encourage our customers to shop as usual. To ensure that everyone can continue to buy what they need, we have introduced bulk buy limits on a small number of products. & # 39;
Asda does not apply any restrictions on customer purchases.
More voters are today concerned about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy than about the health of the nation, according to a poll by Mail on Sunday
By Glen Owen for The Mail on Sunday
According to a poll by Mail on Sunday, voters are now more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic than about the nation's collective health.
The Deltapoll poll shows that a majority of people – 51 percent – think the impact on the economy will be the biggest problem for the UK over the next year, compared with 42 percent who are concerned about the health impact .
When asked about the effects over the next five years, the gap widens: 66 percent cite the economy and only 28 percent mention health.
The Deltapoll poll shows that a majority of people – 51 percent – think that the impact on the economy is the biggest problem the UK will face over the next year
And an overwhelming 89 percent are concerned about the business impact of Covid restrictions like the 10 p.m. curfew. Only 8 percent say they are not concerned.
The results suggest that there is growing support for the position of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has argued in the Cabinet against "pigeons" such as Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove calling for stricter restrictions. The ratings of Mr. Sunak continue to rise with an approval rating of plus 37. Boris Johnson, on the other hand, gets a minus 17 rating. Tory strategists will also be alarmed by the ratings for Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who gets a plus plus 19 rating when asked how well or badly he is doing.
Overall, 48 percent of people think that the government is doing the "wrong" thing about Covid, while 38 percent believe it is doing the "right thing".
The results suggest that Chancellor Rishi Sunak's position is increasingly supported
Worryingly, almost one in five – 19 percent – say they will not take a Covid vaccine if it is available.
The poll brings the Conservatives to 42 percent, four points ahead of Labor.
Joe Twyman, co-founder of Deltapoll, said: “Six months after the coronavirus lockdown began, public support for Boris Johnson and his administration's approach has waned.
"The Deltapoll results show that the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions on the UK economy is central at both national and local levels." The prime minister must hope that the employment promotion program and similar initiatives will help allay people's fears or that the decline in support for the government's position is likely to continue. "
Deltapoll surveyed 1,583 UK adults online on September 24-25. The data have been weighted to be representative of the UK adult population as a whole.
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