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Convenience stores call for support to supply critical hygiene products during pandemic

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has stressed the importance of convenience stores and petrol stations having sufficient amounts of critical hygiene items during the coronavirus outbreak.

AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said the pandemic has heightened the importance of having good hygiene and cleanliness and has placed a strain on the supply of sanitation products at these outlets.

“We are proud to be playing such a vital role in communities across Australia and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. But in order to best serve customers, there are areas in which we require support. We are in discussions with key suppliers to ensure frequent deliveries of critical products to our stores,” Rogut said.

“We urge the appropriate authorities including [the] Government to echo this message to ensure consumers can buy what they need in safe, clean and, importantly, uncrowded environments. People are increasingly avoiding large centres in favour of smaller businesses, taking heed of the Government’s social distancing guidance, so it makes sense to support convenience stores in their efforts to provide the items people need for longer hours, supported by the necessary supply lines.”

Rogut said they are working hard to maintain the balance in their operations in their staff rostering and foreseeing possible worker shortages; fuel scheduling requirements; inventory control and other areas to ensure the industry is dependable for shoppers.

“Convenience stores are pillars in local communities where people can buy their everyday needs, from milk, bread, food, beverages and other essentials. We are committed to staying open for people and we need the support of manufacturers, suppliers and [the] Government to ensure we do so,” Rogut said.

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