The ongoing lockdown of the Higher Accra and Ashanti regions have despatched blended thoughts to some customers in Accra who are racing to stock up in moments they describe as “uncertain and unexpected”.
Joy Company visited Citydia Grocery store at the North Industrial Area in Accra and was greeted with a lot of empty shelves and deep freezers.
“We maintain stocking the cabinets every 30 minutes, patrons often trooping in to get for them selves any readily available essential merchandise they deem suitable to retail store amid the lockdown,” Shop supervisor, Fransisca uncovered.
Food supply chains in Accra and Kumasi have all been exempted from the 14-working day lockdown directive with only deliveries and pickups approved for now. Amidst these interventions, supermarkets are however getting overcome to fulfill demand and inventory shelves.
“That tells you some thing is definitely going on. Most of the occasions you appear and obtain factors on the cabinets but now some of the spots are vacant. I drove past specific areas – some have closed, some are empty,” a shopper in his 40s lamented to JoyBusiness.
Amid the scramble for crucial foodstuffs and goods, price tag gouging and hoarding has been the purchase of the working day.
Government Secretary of the Foods and Beverage Association of Ghana, Samuel Aggrey mentioned: “Most supermarkets are now looking at how to continue to keep up with the big requires from patrons”. This he assures will have no impact on charges on the shelves particularly when all supermarkets beneath the association have solved to keep prices fairly secure in the wake of the 14-working day lockdown.
“If you go to the Supermarkets price ranges have been relatively stable. It is a deliberate try not to boost costs. All users have solved to retain costs as they are. If there is no panic getting what we have can previous us the relaxation of the calendar year furnished imports hold coming,” he advised JoyBusiness.
In working with the scourge of stress buyers, supermarkets like Citydia have used new steps to disperse an even distribution of foodstuff merchandise.
“Current interventions from us incorporate limitation of the amount of critical solutions that a buyer can get at a time, to assurance that absolutely everyone has entry to these products,” administration of the Supermarket noted.
Security Steps amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Meanwhile, all searching malls and supermarkets below the Food items and Beverage Association have adopted some safety actions to protect against the unfold of the Coronavirus in the retail food and beverage provide chain.
“The performing hours have also been decreased. What we intend carrying out is to be certain by 6 pm, just about every worker should really have shut and absent property.
“Supermarket employees has also been reduced to improve social distancing. Most of the supermarkets will not be opened in the early hrs of the morning by 9 am and close by 4 pm. If we are intended to lock down even more, we may open up twice a week,” Samuel Aggrey discussed.