In "normal" circumstances listing what is "currently unavailable" or "out of stock"† helps individuals gravitate away from those items, but circumstances are not normal as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread. Right now it is faster to list the things that are still available, and a better use of our time to research those items so readers have a chance to obtain the things that are helpful for self-quarantining and surviving an extended period of time without having to be where groups of other people are.† †
After detailing some of the latest shopping news, we're going to provide some Do-It-Yourself or alternate options for the items that are currently unavailable by using items "still in stock."†
Wall Street Journal reports that grocers are failing to keep up with demand as panicked shoppers are emptying shelves as fast as the store employees can fill them.† Long lines to just get into the stores, and checkout wait times excruciatingly long, while "whole aisles were rendered bare this week as companies told more workers to stay home and schools began to cancel classes," the report states.
Stores are taking a variety of steps to minimize risk of the spread of infection, while still providing as much inventory as possible, as shown by the information on Publix below:
Publix Super Markets Inc., which operates more than 1,100 stores, on Saturday said it would shorten store and pharmacy hours to close at 8 p.m. Walmart Inc. said its U.S. stores would close overnight to clean and disinfect surfaces. Wegmans Food Markets Inc. said it would shorten hours, trim options at its hot-food bars and set purchase limits for foods including eggs, frozen vegetables, boxed cereal and rice.
The individual companies responsible for feeding America are also concerned about labor shortages and getting shelves restocked at all, as explained in a recent Anchorage Daily News piece:
Food producers and supply chain managers say there is generally enough nonperishable food on shelves, in warehouses and on the production line to last several months, but the challenge could soon be getting that food to the right places once local distribution centers are wiped out.
In addition, millions of Americans, who previously got food at restaurants or in school or at work cafeterias, will have to serve themselves at home, with food bought from grocery big-box enterprises.
"The replenishment cycle is going to be the real test here," said Sean Maharaj, a supply chain expert and managing director at AArete, a consulting firm in Chicago. "Manufacturers don't sit on a lot of extra inventory, so what do you do when everything you have is depleted?"
The thing is there are plenty of supplies left and the stories above, while important and newsworthy, do not offer the options that are still available, being alternative products that can still be bought, and are still in stock, to create an alternative to items that are sold out, or alternative establishments that still have certain items while the traditional stores† we usually get those products are out of stock.
Disclaimer: While ANP is an Amazon affiliate, we are not an affiliate with Home Depot, Office Depot or Lowes, or any other store linked to in this article. We are simply trying to provide links to items still available, no matter where they are.
Same with some of the office supply stores such as Office Depot, although again, even they are running out of stock on certain items.
With the increase in tensions at physical stores, yelling, screaming, and fights breaking out over products, it is not just the risk of infection that has people preferring to order online and get their products delivered.
This is preferable in a number of ways including to prevent the spread of infection, and keeping away from other people that are panicked and dangerous.†
Even Amazon is announcing on their blog that they are running out of a number of items and seeing delivery delays on others, while blocking sellers that "artificially raises prices on basic need products during this pandemic," aka price gouging during an emergency.
We are hoping many have already started their indoor gardens for fruits and vegetables, and for those that have just started it or have gardens not yet ready to harvest, we went hunting for some cans of fruits and vegetables still in stock.
Another thing to remember: We know that many of the emergency survival food companies have much of their product listed as out of stock, but there are certain sellers on Amazon that still have fruits and vegetables, sold separately from their whole meals, entrees and large kits. Granted they cost more than getting it fresh from the grocery store, but the benefits are a long shelf live, the freeze dried foods can be reconstituted to use in other recipes or eaten alone, and† the content expands once rehydrated.†
We started this latest series of "still in stock" articles with food, because without food and water, people die. We did not highlight water as something to stock up on because unlike a grid down scenario, or corrupted water supply, we have not noted water service interruptions in any country, city or state.† For those that want to get water anyway, it is still available as well.
Items still in stock can used as substitutes to products that cannot be bought at the moment and with a little creativity, one can make it through this pandemic and self-quarantine and still be very comfortable and eat what you want and when you want it.
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