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8 hours ago, Baron99 said:

You're being advised NOT to panic buy.  Do people REALLY need to be told not to?  The large supermarkets should be putting restrictions in place just in case. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55293595

 

"Shops had plenty of supplies and shoppers must not buy more food than usual.

 

Retailers are doing everything they can to prepare for all eventualities on 1 January - increasing the stock of tins, toilet rolls and other longer life products so there will be sufficient supply of essential products," said BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson.

 

"While no amount of preparation by retailers can entirely prevent disruption there is no need for the public to buy more food than usual as the main impact will be on imported fresh produce, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, which cannot be stored for long periods by either retailers or consumers."

 

 

 

Piece on Sky news this morning literally said expect shortages of fresh fruit and veg for till Spring.

 

Everyone is gunna stockpile if the large media outlets are running those kind of stories.

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9 hours ago, Baron99 said:

You're being advised NOT to panic buy.  Do people REALLY need to be told not to?  The large supermarkets should be putting restrictions in place just in case. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55293595

 

"Shops had plenty of supplies and shoppers must not buy more food than usual.

 

Retailers are doing everything they can to prepare for all eventualities on 1 January - increasing the stock of tins, toilet rolls and other longer life products so there will be sufficient supply of essential products," said BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson.

 

"While no amount of preparation by retailers can entirely prevent disruption there is no need for the public to buy more food than usual as the main impact will be on imported fresh produce, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, which cannot be stored for long periods by either retailers or consumers."

 

 

That kind of news will lead to the opposite. After we saw what happened in March we stockpiled over the last few months in anticipation of the masses getting wind of the shortages and the inevitable empty supermarket shelves.

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Don't panic buy as such, but it would be wise to buy a little more very long term food supplies with every shop over the next 2 to 3  weeks. Dried foods and tinned stuff.

 

Tracking logistics people's comments atm, the problem isn't so much the clogged supply chains now (because every last UK business is trying to stock up in readiness for January), as ever more EU suppliers refusing to take new UK orders now as well, until the situation -in particular operational customs requirements and procedures- clears up acc.to whether there is a deal or not.

 

TL;DR: shelves are unlikely to get bare over the next few weeks, because there's still so much stuff backed up in logistics and slowly arriving...but with nothing getting loaded and then freighted starting in a couple weeks' time, shelves might start to get bare thereafter.

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1 hour ago, L00b said:

Don't panic buy as such, but it would be wise to buy a little more very long term food supplies with every shop over the next 2 to 3  weeks. Dried foods and tinned stuff.

 

Tracking logistics people's comments atm, the problem isn't so much the clogged supply chains now (because every last UK business is trying to stock up in readiness for January), as ever more EU suppliers refusing to take new UK orders now as well, until the situation -in particular operational customs requirements and procedures- clears up acc.to whether there is a deal or not.

 

TL;DR: shelves are unlikely to get bare over the next few weeks, because there's still so much stuff backed up in logistics and slowly arriving...but with nothing getting loaded and then freighted starting in a couple weeks' time, shelves might start to get bare thereafter.

Similar advice that I gave to my parents back in 1999 with the millenium bug - don't go mad but maybe get a few extra of the long life things you would use anyway

 

Neither scenario should (or did in 2000) end up in armageddon but a few supply hiccups and delays are entirely possible.

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On 14/12/2020 at 11:35, geared said:

 

Piece on Sky news this morning literally said expect shortages of fresh fruit and veg for till Spring.

 

Everyone is gunna stockpile if the large media outlets are running those kind of stories.

Come Spring You’re going to have a rotting, smelly mess if you’re stock piling fresh fruit and veg

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Tried to update tomorrow's supermarket delivery last night.

Tins of baked beans amongst other things.

 

"Out of stock"

 

Come on, Sainsbury's!

Get a grip!!

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Judging by past years,with no Brexit or Covid threats,it’s hard to believe that some shoppers could stock pile any more.

Trolleys piled high with every possible requirement because the shops are closed for a day or so.

Perhaps a few shortages and some control of the number of shoppers would not go amiss.

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Been shopping today, admittingly only to Home Bargains, but the shelves were empty.

Wonder if a bit of panic is creeping in. What with all these lorries stacked up you can't really blame people.

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I’ve just been shopping at the Asda Metro Centre Gateshead and they only thing they didn’t have was  bananas, but it’s early days let’s see what happens if France continues its ban.

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Just been reported on the  news, only certain Supermarkets are putting a Caps on the usual items, Pasta, Rice ect, all Supermarkets should jump on board and stop these Greedy Idiots.   :roll:

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Went to Morrisons yesterday evening, fresh fruit and veg was in short supply but nothing else was.

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I work in a supermarket and totally  agree despite their best efforts there are few shortages and we are no busier than you would expect this time of year.

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