Supermarkets to enforce new rules when it comes to panic buying against the coronavirus

Deal editor20
Posted 18th Mar
Update 1
27/03 - Tesco new info
You will have all seen it, bare shelves staring back at you when in the supermarket. This has been happening for the past couple of weeks since the number of people in the UK getting COVID-19 has increased dramatically.

It started with toilet roll and it seemed like a bit of a joke, but now it is everything. Dried food, beans and tins, rice, pasta, frozen vegetables, toiletries, hand wash, and long-life UHT milk have all been disappearing from shelves much, much faster than they can be restocked.

Supermarkets are now taking action against this panic buying, because older people and those considered vulnerable are sometimes unable to buy goods necessary to survive.


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ALDI has given £250,000 to AgeUK in a bid to help older customers get the shopping help they need. They have put stricter restrictions on products where customers are now only allowed to buy four of any one product.


ASDA has closed all fresh pizza counters, as well as the cafes in store as these are seen as non essential and are an obvious place for the virus to spread. It will also only allow shoppers to buy three of each product across food, toiletries and cleaning products. Not only that, delivery drivers will wear gloves, deliver everything in bags, and wait for customers to pick up their order.


Iceland is, according to The Sun, opening some stores one hour earlier for elderly shoppers to avoid huge crowds, meaning older customers will be able to shop for essentials without fear of being caught up in panic buying.


Morrisons has limited sales for customers on over 1250 items, and according to Sky News, had seen a "considerable" degree of stockpiling and its chief executive David Potts urged customers to "just buy what you need", which will probably fall on deaf ears.


M&S has decided to set aside the first hour of trading today (20 March), followed by every Monday and Thursday going forward, to prioritise elderly and vulnerable customers. It also introduced dedicated NHS and emergency service workers hours each Tuesday and Friday.


Sainsbury’s will close all meat, fish and non-essential counters from Thursday, and has imposed a cap of two on the most popular items, such as toilet roll, soap and UHT milk. Sainsbury’s has also stated it will open for those over 70 years old for the first hour of trading on Thursday, plus it says it will also prioritise vulnerable and elderly people for online deliveries.

Update 26/03

Keeping you and our colleagues safe

Starting today, we will limit the number of people allowed in our stores and at our ATMs at any one time. We are putting queuing systems in place outside stores and will ask everyone to please queue at a safe distance of 2 metres apart. Since we put limits on the number of items people could buy, food and other essential items are on shelves for longer each day so please arrive throughout the day to avoid long queues forming in the morning. We will be reminding people in stores to keep a safe distance from other customers and from our colleagues. Customers buying petrol will be asked to pay at the pump where they can.

We are reducing the number of checkouts we open in supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol filling stations to help our colleagues and customers keep a safe distance from each other. We are also introducing safety screens at every manned checkout to help keep our colleagues safe when serving customers. We are regularly sanitising all customer areas of our stores including chip and pin machines, baskets and trolleys.
Please pay by card at the till if you can. If you are unable to pay by card and want to pay by cash, please use our self scan tills which will stay open for cash payments. Many customers are now using our SmartShop app on their own devices when shopping in our stores. This means you can scan your own shopping as you go round the store, put food and other essential items straight into your own bags and pay for your groceries at a special till before leaving. Which means less interaction with other customers and colleagues and less time queuing to pay.



Tesco has suspended all night 24 hour openings (now open 6am-10pm) at participating stores so they can be fully restocked after shelves have been stripped. It has also limited people buying only five items of pasta, toiletries and milk.

Tesco has deccided to set aside an hour 9-10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to prioritise the elderly and vulnerable shoppers.

*Update 19/03/20

Thursday 19th March we will be implementing some changes in-store - changes to simplify what we do, create the most helpful shopping experience we can, and support our hard-working colleagues.

*Update 27/03

via email

As you know, we’re currently experiencing a very high demand for our delivery and Click+Collect slots. We’re doing everything we can to increase the number of customers we can safely deliver to.That’s why we’ll be making some changes:• From today, we’ll be capping the number of items you can add to your online basket to 80. This means that if you make a change to an existing tesco.com order* or place a new order, you’ll only be able to order a maximum of 80 items. To help give everyone access to the essentials, every product will still be limited to a maximum of 3 per customer**.• To help keep everyone safe, you’ll start to see all of your orders arriving bagged. This will also limit the amount of time customers and drivers need to spend on the doorstep.We’re at full capacity for the next few weeks and we ask those who are able to safely come to stores to do so, instead of shopping online. This will help us to free up more slots for the more vulnerable.If you have any other questions about shopping online, please visit our FAQ page.

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Waitrose has sourced 2000 extra staff from its partner John Lewis to cope with demand in its stores and online. Waitrose confirmed the elderly and vulnerable would be prioritised for an hour in the morning from today.


New update on various supermarkets here:

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Saw a couple arguing for their bulk purchases with staff, ignoring the limits, didn't end well as they wouldn't back down so they took away their trollies and they left empty handed. Great stuff.
Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTP

Buy One Get One Twice the Price
So if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4
airfix18/03/2020 14:23

Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if …Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4



Link

A supermarket in Denmark got tired of people hoarding hand sanitizer, so came up with their own way of stopping it.
1 bottle kr40 (€5.50)
2 bottles kr1000 (€134.00) each bottle.
Hoarding stopped!
40131763-uKp1W.jpg
It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or Aldi. Since when did everyone start baking their own bread? Wonder how it will turn out
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My Asda order being delivered today is going to be a right mess. We've just been sensible with our buying and it's only a £40 order and last night i went to alter something and 16 items were unavailable, so i went and manually changed those to stuff they had in stock.

Today 5 items are unavailable and 14 items are subbed.

Add to that half the stuff i wanted wasn't even in stock in the first place so i went for 2nd choice stuff.

So i can't begin to imagine how hard it is for some people like old people or those with special diet needs.
Edited by: "m1keyp1key" 18th Mar
It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or Aldi. Since when did everyone start baking their own bread? Wonder how it will turn out
Why don’t Supermarket’s just get rid of trolleys and use baskets or those wheeled baskets to reduce bulk buying
I thought that too! Watching Bake Off getting ideas.
yorkie1218/03/2020 13:50

It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or …It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or Aldi. Since when did everyone start baking their own bread? Wonder how it will turn out

Good post @Akira_Cat . Just to add, Sainsburys will also be prioritising click and collect orders for the elderly and vulnerable.

Their response (And Iceland’s) has been far better than most supermarkets I think so good on them.
yorkie1218/03/2020 13:50

It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or …It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or Aldi. Since when did everyone start baking their own bread? Wonder how it will turn out


Lots of people getting their virtually unused bread makers out from the back of the cupboard under the sink, i expect.
Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTP

Buy One Get One Twice the Price
So if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4
yorkie1218/03/2020 13:50

It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or …It's just crazy , no bread , flour or Yeast in our local Morrisons or Aldi. Since when did everyone start baking their own bread? Wonder how it will turn out


I know, it's been on the rise.
airfix18/03/2020 14:23

Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if …Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4


They could sell the normally £1 toilet rolls for £10 a pack with £9 off perishable goods bought in the same basket, so as to make hoarders pay though the nose, while not ripping off people doing a normal shop.
Edited by: "melted" 18th Mar
Saw a couple arguing for their bulk purchases with staff, ignoring the limits, didn't end well as they wouldn't back down so they took away their trollies and they left empty handed. Great stuff.
MR112318/03/2020 14:41

Saw a couple arguing for their bulk purchases with staff, ignoring the …Saw a couple arguing for their bulk purchases with staff, ignoring the limits, didn't end well as they wouldn't back down so they took away their trollies and they left empty handed. Great stuff.


Inspiring.
airfix18/03/2020 14:23

Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if …Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4


Like it, for the big multipacks that's a really good idea.
TheRatedSeller18/03/2020 13:56

Why don’t Supermarket’s just get rid of trolleys and use baskets or those w …Why don’t Supermarket’s just get rid of trolleys and use baskets or those wheeled baskets to reduce bulk buying


Because for most families it's impossible to do a regular weekly shop with just a basket.
airfix18/03/2020 14:23

Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if …Instead of BOGOF it should be BOGOTPBuy One Get One Twice the PriceSo if you buy a pack of toilet rolls for £1, you can buy another for twice the price (£2) and a third at £4



Link

A supermarket in Denmark got tired of people hoarding hand sanitizer, so came up with their own way of stopping it.
1 bottle kr40 (€5.50)
2 bottles kr1000 (€134.00) each bottle.
Hoarding stopped!
40131763-uKp1W.jpg
boabbyrab18/03/2020 15:05

LinkA supermarket in Denmark got tired of people hoarding hand sanitizer, …LinkA supermarket in Denmark got tired of people hoarding hand sanitizer, so came up with their own way of stopping it. 1 bottle kr40 (€5.50) 2 bottles kr1000 (€134.00) each bottle. Hoarding stopped![Image]


By the looks of the evidence, there are just 4 bottles left, either it is not an effective measure, or there is just too little shelf space for so many more new users.
I couldn't get 1000 island dressing or siracha sauce at the big Sainsbury's. No tickets for them either. My world has ended!!
fern3718/03/2020 16:23

I couldn't get 1000 island dressing or siracha sauce at the big …I couldn't get 1000 island dressing or siracha sauce at the big Sainsbury's. No tickets for them either. My world has ended!!


Isn't 1000 Island just ketchup and mayo mixed?
1000 island dressing is excessive, buy 1 or 2 island dressing and leave some for others.
Akira_Cat18/03/2020 16:31

Isn't 1000 Island just ketchup and mayo mixed?


Probably a couple more things in there like capers perhaps? Got the last bottle in the coop so best stock up if you can.

I thought ketchup and mayo made seafood sauce??!!
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