Supermarket shopping warning as Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Morrisons issue stockpiling alerts

Supermarket shopping warning as Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Morrisons issue stockpiling alerts

11/03/2020

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The UK’s second lockdown starts on November 5 which will see all non-essential shops shut. Supermarkets will stay open, just like they did back in the peak of the pandemic. Supermarket giants including Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Morrisons have issued advice over queues, stockpiling and delivery slots.

In a bid to control numbers in its stores, discount retailer Aldi and supermarket giant Asda have implemented traffic light systems at the entrances of its stores. 

A red light will shine when customers must form a socially distanced queue outside and a green light will show when shoppers can enter. 

Aldi is also insisting that stores are replenished more than once a day and so stockpiling is not necessary.

A message on its website reads: “To ensure there is enough for everyone, we will occasionally place purchase limits on certain products that are high in demand.

“Please shop responsibly so there’s enough to go round. You can help by only amending your order once and only if urgent. We have plenty of stock coming in but we need to manage demand so we can serve everyone.”

The discount retailer is also urging customers to try and shop within the quieter store hours.

This is within the first hour of opening and the last few hours before closing.

Tesco has also introduced some buying restrictions to help reduce the stress on the supply chain.

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Some products that have a purchase limit include pasta, flour and toilet roll but this can vary between stores.

A notice on Tesco’s website says: “Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have buying limit on all our products and may sometimes have limited or no availability of some items.

“You’ll see online messages and in-store notices which tell you about the current limits.”

The supermarket giant is also seeing a strain on their delivery service and is encouraging customers to still shop in-store.

The message on it’s website continues: “We’ve more than doubled the number of online slots to 1.5million each week.

“This is to help anyone who’s unable to shop in-store – especially our most vulnerable customers – so they can access our online service. Last week, we delivered more orders than ever before, and we’ll continue to increase the number of online slots available.”

Asda has introduced safety marshals stationed at the front of every store, making sure customers are following the guidance correctly.

They have also applied antimicrobial handles to all basket and trolley handles which limits the spread of bacteria.

A statement on their website says: “To ensure there is enough for everyone, we will occasionally place purchase limits on certain products that are high in demand.”

The supermarket giant also has a number of delivery services available including Click & Collect where customers can pick up their food order in an Asda car park.

However for those travelling into the store, Asda has introduced its ‘Scan and Go’ to help customers shop quicker and more efficiently.

Asda said: “To help reduce contact in our stores we’ve also rolled out ‘Scan and Go’ mobile to all of our supermarkets, superstores and super centres.

“Customers can use their own device to scan their shopping and pack as they go.”

Morrisons is advising customers to book a delivery slot as far in advance as possible due to high demand. 

They have also now extended their next day delivery service to help customers get the groceries they need.

A statement on their website says: “We are increasing production where possible so that we can service high levels of customer demand we are currently seeing.

“Please be patient and continue to check the website for our latest range.”

Customers should also adhere to the government guidance in all supermarkets and wear a face mask.

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