Another work week is ending and it’s been a difficult one for many Australian businesses. Non essential services such cafes, bars and restaurants have closed but grocery is still booming. Read below what happened in the FMCG sector this week.
First it was toilet paper, now consumers are stocking up on alcohol amid growing fears of a further lockdown. Endeavour Drinks’ owned Dan Murphy’s and BWS have assured consumers that there is sufficient stock of alcohol in their stores but customers can only purchase a limited amount of alcohol in stores.
Consumer goods company Unilever is working around the clock to produce household essentials and has adapted its manufacturing lines to produce hand sanitiser. The company behind brands such as Dove, TRESemme, OMO, Surf, and Continental increased production for hospitals, schools and other institutional settings. Clive Stiff, CEO Unilever Australia and New Zealand said there was an incredible response from the company’s employees, “especially those on the front line” in factories, distribution centres and stores.
Supermarket giant Coles is in the early stages of rolling out an Online Priority Service (COPS) to provide for the elderly and vulnerable customers who are struggling to get groceries due to the ongoing panic buying. The supermarket halted Click&Collect and Home Delivery through Coles Online from March 18 and instead diverted its services to COPS to prioritise those who are most in need.
Toilet paper manufacturer Quilton will donate one million rolls of toilet paper to the elderly and vulnerable consumers via chosen charities in Australia. Matthew Ngai, business development manager for Victoria, ABC Tissue Products said the “Million Roll Donation is to help those Australians who need it most during these difficult times”.
NSW supermarkets and pharmacies are now permitted to operate 24 hours a day to assure consumers of access to food and medical supplies. Planning minister Rob Stokes said that the latest move will allow more flexibility in visiting local supermarket, pharmacy or corner store at any time of day.
Have a safe weekend everyone!