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Supermarkets have got used to “new normality” – Coronavirus Vienna


The supermarkets have got used to the new situation in the age of the corona virus.
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The local supermarket chains and their employees have been particularly challenged in the past few weeks due to the corona crisis. Now the grocers have got used to the “new normal”, as a broadcast by the APA revealed.

Hofer, Lidl, Rewe (including Adeg, Billa, Merkur, Penny) and Spar report a good and secure supply of goods and full stocks. “The situation has settled in, you can tell in the markets,” said spokeswoman Nicole Berkmann. “The sales are higher than normal, which is probably due to the unusual gastronomy. But manageable.”

Decrease in inventory purchases during the Corona crisis

At
 Billa, Merkur & Co. is the high demand for the peak day on
Friday, March 13, gradually decreased. “The buying behavior is
currently leaps and bounds, each day is just a ‘snapshot’, and
is very much dependent on current developments ”
Rewe Austria spokesman Paul Pöttschacher.

Also the
Grocery discount Hofer records a decline in inventory purchases.
 “We are currently noticing that demand is now back on
normal level. The certainty that the grocery stores
Staying open has made a significant contribution here, “it said
Hofer. Lidl also sells significantly less. “Since the
The first hamster purchases are still very calm. The paragraphs were
also very cautious last week, “said Lidl Austria spokesman
Hansjörg Peterleitner.

The employees in the branches and in the warehouse that were particularly hard hit by the first rush of giant customers received a bonus from the supermarket chains. The government promised on Tuesday to make the bonus payment tax-free.

Rewe has hired 1,300 new employees

In view of the Corona crisis, Spar currently has enough employees; around 300 employees of the Spar subsidiary Hervis help out in the food trade. There are always open, regular, vacancies. At Rewe, over 15,000 applicants have responded to an employee call, and around 1,300 new employees have already been hired. Lidl primarily needs employees for the branch operation, there are currently almost 700 vacancies. At Hofer, personnel requirements are currently covered.

Perspex panes at Hofer, Lidl and Spar

To protect employees and customers, Hofer, Lidl and Spar have already installed plexiglass panels at the checkouts in all branches. Protection was installed at the majority of the sites of the Rewe subsidiaries and is to be installed across the board at the beginning of April at the latest.

Food delivery also allowed on Sundays

Thanks to a new regulation, food delivery is now also permitted on Sundays. Spar is “under examination” and wants to “offer more capacity” when ordering online. Billa is “working intensively to unlock additional delivery windows”. The supermarket chain is currently seeing “an increase in demand of around twelve times in its online business.”

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