UAE supermarkets are well stocked (Part -1)


March 17, 2020 | By Rupkatha B

Amidst the on-going situation around COVID-19, grocery shopping patterns in the UAE indicate consumers’ need to stock up. However, industry insiders assure that there is no need to panic as supermarkets are well stocked.

“People are tending to shop in more quantity. For example, if they would buy five kilos of rice, now they might opt to double that quantity,” explains Kamal Vachani, group director, Almaya Group. “That is easily explained by the on-going situation – around social distancing – wherein people are eating more at home. But at our supermarkets, we don’t see it necessarily linked to panic shopping.”

When asked if certain product categories are moving faster, Vachani said, “Along with the likes of sanitisers, other items are also selling well – be that fresh or canned.”

Commenting on the possibility of product shortage of any kind, he stressed, “All our supermarkets are well-stocked. There is no shortage of products. Of course, a certain brand of sanitiser might go out of stock, only for a few hours; but several other brands are available. We are in complete control of the situation.”

Other hypermarket and supermarket chains are also undertaking necessary actions to ensure product availability. On part of retail conglomerate Lulu Group that runs the chain of Lulu Hypermarkets, chief communications officer, V. Nandakumar, stated, “We have been increasing the number of local sourcing offices across the world. We have invested heavily in creating state-of-the-art logistics and warehousing facilities in key markets to ensure uninterrupted flow of products from around the world at the best price points.”

Meanwhile, today on radio Spinneys’ commercial manager – grocery, Tom Harvey confirmed witnessing a spike in grocery shopping since mid of January when the COVID-19 situation first surfaced. The pace of shopping – especially for products like hand sanitisers and wipes – has increased over the last couple of days, but Spinneys isn’t expecting shortage in product availability. In addition, following a rise in footfall in store, Spinneys is undertaking all measures to ensure utmost hygiene.

In wake of the current situation, consumers are also ordering online. Taking about a possible rise in online shopping, Vachani observes, “Generally, online grocery shopping has been on the rise, but that’s driven by convenience, not panic. People have busy lives and prefer the convenience of doorstep delivery.”

Staying with doorstep delivery, Carrefour UAE promises the same within an hour.

Comments

comments

Previous Article Next Article

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE /



UAE-based Carrefour announced its theme and plans for Ramadan 2021. The brand 

Continue Reading

March 31, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

Locally owned supermarket Spinneys celebrates 60 years of doing business in the 

Continue Reading

March 9, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Almarai, Carrefour, Emirates have the most loyal customers

UAE-based Carrefour will become the first retailer in the region to offer new levels 

Continue Reading

February 22, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

The Organic Farmers’ Market is back in Bay Avenue for its 12th 

Continue Reading

February 17, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based  Lulu Group recently inaugurated its first-ever all-female staff store in Jeddah, 

Continue Reading

February 15, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Jones the grocer

Jones the Grocer, the gourmet grocer and cheese retailer launches the Jones 

Continue Reading

February 1, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

UAE-based Al Maya Supermarkets is hosting a two-week food festival at select 

Continue Reading

January 17, 2021 | By Lawrence Pinto

Locally-owned supermarket Spinneys has launched its ‘Power of Plants’ initiative in the 

Continue Reading

January 17, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Cookit

Carrefour UAE has launched “Cookit Yourself” — a curated recipe box created 

Continue Reading

January 5, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Al Islami Plant-Based Burger

UAE-based Al Islami Foods, one of the largest frozen food companies in 

Continue Reading

January 3, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Marks & Spencer's plant-based range

Marks & Spencer’s plant-based range now offers over 25 vegan products including meat-free 

Continue Reading

December 23, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau

World’s largest fully integrated online brand in fresh fish and meat e-commerce 

Continue Reading

December 14, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau




Download Images RetailME Magazine