January 5, 2019 at 3:20 pm #7466
A new business has sprung up and its to provide storage to retailers for excess inventory that the retailers have ordered ahead of President Trump’s promised tariffs on China and a few others. The business is providing inter-module storage trailers. The retailer decides how much storage they want, and these people bring in the trailers and set them wherever the retailer wants. Its a lot cheaper for the retailer than building warehouse space, and the trailers are there temporarily as needed.
Perishables, OTOH, like produce, meats, and dairy are not able to be stored long-term. I imagine some of the empty shelf space in some grocery stores is likely due to the season, inhospitable weather conditions for some producers, and an employee shortage. The Kroger’s I shop at has been woefully short staffed. Check out lines have been closed except for a few and the stocking of items is sporadic. I have noticed a lot of new faces recently so maybe they are getting their act together.January 11, 2019 at 9:54 am #7871
One thing I have noticed in our local Food Lion is that when I go in to shop, everything is pushed to the back. My thinking on this is that they are getting ready to restock, but, are they putting the newest dates in front of that and the older dates are what is pushed to the back. The whole store was done this way. Instead of things to the front it was all pushed to the back. All can goods, boxes of pastas, etc. Didn’t understand the why on this and I have seen it like that for 2 or 3 different times. I now watch my dates when shopping much closer.January 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm #7882
The empty shelf phenomena I have not noticed as much as a lack of variety in a lot of stores now which I find annoying. A lot of the products I buy tend to have special features like non-toxic antifreeze for instance or works better than the average product out there, the lack of variety merely pushes me to buy from the Internet more and more something which I am not fond of. I think some of it could be due to big corporate buyouts killing any competing products or other monopolist sort of practices. I also noticed more garbage both in bad taste and in construction. It seems they want to pass out Communist-made goods to us while keeping us at the level of children because God knows why anyone would want to grow up these days, perhaps that is not good for the agenda they have.January 11, 2019 at 9:17 pm #7885
It’s like 1984 and the Chocolate rant about how people are happier about the new larger (but reality) smaller chocolate and have always been at war with east Asia.
Our local store runs out every week, I have not shopped there for years, but you still hear ranting at coffee shop. Next nearest food store is 2.5 hours away from this one.
You become a prepper.out of that is the way it has always been.January 12, 2019 at 5:43 am #7894
One thing I have noticed , is that the supply chain on the east coast is an absolute joke ! The west coast , on the other hand , is quite efficient , and reliable . In some cases , its not the availability , but the warehousing , and transport problem ……….again , the east coast sucks that way .January 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm #8462
The local Aldi’s (box grocery) has limited the number of cases of food that you can purchase to one (1). Now you can call the manager and arrange to purchase your 2 cases of soup, but not if you just walk in.January 24, 2019 at 3:34 pm #8465
That’s not good because I buy for our church food pantry and it’s nothing for me to buy 2 or 3 cases of beans, corn, peas, etc at one time. Haven’t been there yet for this month but good to know ahead of time. Wondering if it is just where you are, or nation wide.January 24, 2019 at 7:28 pm #8477
I’ve not noticed any lack of inventory other than the occasional absence of an item that may have been on sale and shoppers purchased what was in inventory. The only buying restrictions I’ve seen at a local Aldi’s is for some ‘on sale’ items. For instance, before Christmas they put their spiral-cut hams on sale for half price and limited customers to two. Nothing odd about that. Retail grocers do that all the time.
I’m on the East Coast and I’ve not experienced any inventory problems due to transportation or any other means. I can’t speak for the entire coast, but my area is awash with food items from both inside and outside the country. But, I’m not so ignorant that I don’t know the supply chain is vulnerable to disruptions from a multitude of reason.February 18, 2019 at 9:49 pm #9155
After pondering this matter and reading Daisy’s recent article, I have noticed the following:
- Grocery store remodel/expansion happened recently, yet the meat manager himself told me they made less room for meat.
- At the same place, we came on a Monday night, and there was very little meat to purchase.
- This morning, I went to another store that is stocked all day long and noticed that the rice we have purchased there for years is no longer available. Cashews (which we do not purchase) were almost all gone. Other shelves seemed more bare than normal. According to one of the workers, they receive TWO truckloads of food daily.
My takeaway: If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it’s coming. Find alternative ways to purchase foods like meat AND stock up on as much as possible.February 19, 2019 at 6:35 am #9165
Unless your store is independent, there are corporate decisions that dictate what is on the shelf.
The decisions for my side gig are made 550 miles away. By people who don’t know what sells here. Most likely don’t know where we actually are from some of the decisions.
Something may sell great in one location but not at all elsewhere. So the item is pulled from the “set” for something that sells at a better rate across the board.
Or for something that gets a better percentage in price point again at a corporate level.March 16, 2019 at 10:10 pm #11023
Just in time inventory and a shortage of truckers. It will get worse as the crop failures catch up with the system.March 20, 2019 at 11:53 am #11425
I read yesterday in regard to the massive flooding occurring in Nebraska that corn farmers will likely be impacted so as to not be able to conduct their Spring planting. I realize that corn finds its way into a lot of food items on the grocery shelves. I also realize that many, if not most, of these corn farmers sell their corn for the making of ethanol that goes into our gasoline… not food. This trend has already caused the corn supply for food to increase in cost previously. So, now will fuel prices rise? Maybe I should have asked, will producers use that as an excuse to raise prices?March 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm #11430
Great observations and questions!
Watch and see?March 20, 2019 at 8:06 pm #11458
I agree with what you are saying about the food. I also live on the east coast and finding it harder and harder to buy things I used to buy long ago. As for the corn, you are right about that. As the gas prices just keep rising more and more on an almost weekly bases. Though today when I managed to get away long enough to run to store, they had flour and sugar on sale for 97 cents. So I ran out and got some. Though I do have a lot of flour, I do make my own bread and bickets as well as use it for other things. Sugar I have been a bit low on since Christmas and trying to build up my stock again. With canning season coming fast. I will need it for jellies and such.March 21, 2019 at 11:14 am #11469
Back on our Iowa farm in my childhood, if we had late rains or other reason it was too late to plant corn, we put in soy beans. Beans have a shorter growing season but due to price difference, were definitely a Plan B. That’s been many eons ago so I don’t know now. Hope the flooded areas have a Plan B crop….. Also hoping they don’t get contamination [chemical, etc] into their flooded fields. I’ve seen a lot of flooding but…this is a doozy! 🙁
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