In a preventive measure to maintain stock levels across their warehouses, Coles and Woolworths have reinstated product buying limits due to a sudden demand for grocery items over the past 24 hours in certain parts of Melbourne.
Claire Peters, Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director said the leading supermarket has healthy stock levels to draw on, but its taking this precautionary step to help prevent excessive buying as seen during the peak of consumer ‘panic buying’ earlier this year.
“We understand many Victorians are anxious about the recent community outbreak, but they can be assured our stores will remain open with plenty of stock in our warehouses to replenish our shelves,” Claire said.
Woolworths confirmed a purchase limit of two items on toilet paper, hand sanitiser, paper towel, flour, sugar, pasta, mince, UHT milk, eggs and rice had been reinstated due to a “recent demand surge”.
The re-introduction of limits on select categories will also apply to online orders, however only for stores and online purchases in Victoria.
Meanwhile, Coles have re-introduced restrictions on similar grocery items, but have also applied the limits to stores in Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW too.
Matt Swindells, Coles chief operations officer said the surge in product demand across Victorian stores began to develop at the weekend, before spiking on Monday.