Grocery Stores Are Preparing For a Winter Coronavirus Surge

With some health experts warning that the United States could see another widespread outbreak of the coronavirus and new restrictions coming as the holidays approach, grocery stores and food companies are preparing for a possible surge in sales. Vowing they won’t be unprepared if another virus surge occurs, food companies are accelerating production of their most popular items and supermarkets are stockpiling groceries early. In addition to other techniques to prepare for a possible pandemic surge, many retailers are expanding distribution capacity, increasing warehouse space, and modifying shifts. However, despite these current plans, most acknowledge that customers are also better prepared, and a crisis will most likely not be as extreme as it was in March, when a panicked public stocked up on items out of fear that grocery stores would close or that there would be food shortages. This time around, there will obviously be limits on vital commodities.