The corona virus changes the way we shop and how we plan.
Large rushes of customers, long lines at the cash register or full shopping trolleys are out of place. In addition, gatherings of people are prohibited in many federal states. For this very reason, consumers now have to rethink.
It’s not about delivery bottlenecks, it’s about too many people wanting to go to the branch. In some cases, the police could even close the shop – like a few weeks ago in Berlin.
The food trade appeals to customers to plan well. Due to the applicable access and distance regulations and the hygiene regulations, customers should never place Easter purchases on Maundy Thursday or Holy Saturday. Then the demand is particularly high.
There is a trick: Those who stock up on the essentials for the Easter weekend now have a good chance of completing the purchase without long waiting times. The hamster purchases are finally over, the demand for food has been decreasing continuously for weeks.
Aldi Süd, Aldi Nord, Lidl, Rewe, Real, Penny and almost all retailers also advise customers to plan their purchases well in advance. In a press release, Rewe boss Lionel Souque wrote: “Everyone who has the opportunity should at least part of their Easter shopping and shop in the coming days. This is also an important contribution to the protection of employees.
The Real department store chain also calls on customers not to plan their purchases a day before Good Friday. Against the background of the Corona crisis and the associated official requirements, longer waiting times, for example in front of the markets or at the cash registers, are not unlikely in the days before the festival. All dealers emphasized that the supply of goods was secured.
In many cities, in addition to the entry restrictions in the branch, there are also additional measures designed to relieve employees. This also means that customers are only allowed to take standard quantities of goods with them. The following applies in particular to toilet paper, flour, sugar and pasta: no more than a maximum of two packs per purchase and customer.