Amid panic buying throughout the nation that has resulted in a shortage of toilet paper and disinfectant wipes, the White House is urging Americans against “hoarding.”
NBC reports stores are racing to replenish depleted shelves and to calm shoppers anxiously preparing for coronavirus disruptions, but are having trouble meeting the heightened demand.
“Hand sanitizer is going to be very difficult to have 100 percent on stock on for some time,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said at a White House press conference Friday. “We’re still replenishing it and shipping it, but as soon as it hits the stores, it’s going.”
McMillon said a stressed supply chain was responsible for the racks bare of paper product, water, and cleaning supplies.
“All the retailers have been working hand-in-hand with the suppliers to bring that to the markets as fast as we can,” he said.
Retailers are rerouting supplies to areas of the country that need it most. To prevent hoarding, they’re applying or giving store managers power to set limits on the number of individual items a customer can buy in a single trip.
Per Reuters, the White House on Sunday urged Americans against “hoarding” as thousands flocked to supermarkets to stock up on essentials, saying U.S. supply chains were strong and federal and local leaders were working together to ensure food supplies are available.
President Donald Trump held a phone call with more than two dozen grocery store and supply chain executives from across the country, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.
“The President reminded the participants that this is an all-of-America approach and each of their stores and the stores they support can help Americans feel calm and safe when shelves are stocked with the items they need,” Deere said.
“Supply chains in the United States are strong, and it is unnecessary for the American public to hoard daily essentials,” he said.
The call was held with 30 executives including senior leaders of some of the largest U.S. retailers such as Whole Foods, Target, Costco and Walmart.