In a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group,just over half of Americans say they already have or plan to stockpile food and other essentials. Since October 2nd, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was its highest in almost two months leading to a renewed concern about the state of things during this never-ending pandemic.
Jon Last, president of the research group says “We still see a majority of Americans are concerned that we will see more spikes in COVID, and it’s beginning to rear its head in a number of states” and “At the same time there is COVID fatigue.” The good news? It’s unlikely that shoppers will see the types of shortages experienced in March and April when essentials like toilet paper and flour became unavailable.
Grocery chains are stocking up on supplies ahead of the winter months to ensure they can meet demand as COVID-19 cases increase, as well as the holidays according to theWall Street Journal. There’s already evidence that grocery sales are rising, so that means more people are stocking up and 17.2% of grocery sales are now spent online which is also increasing. Better to be prepared than to be caught looking the other way if the predictions of the experts come true!