What would happen if your local grocery stores weren’t able to get new product shipped to them? If there are mass protests and/or strikes, that could be a reality.
Do you know how much inventory an average grocery store has on hand at any given time? About three days. Of course, that’s figuring at normal levels of business too. Gone are the days when stores had massive amounts of stock on hand in their back rooms. Most of them now operate on what is called “just in time” (JIT) inventory. The idea is to keep just enough inventory on hand to satisfy the immediate consumer needs, thus allowing for more building space to be devoted to selling floor instead of stock room shelves.
What this means though is if there is an unforseen mass increase in business, the shelves get wiped out fairly quickly. Anyone who has visited a grocery store the day before a big storm is predicted to strike knows that I mean. And with the JIT inventory model, it might be a day or two during normal times to get replenished. Notice the key phrase there – during normal times. If strikes or protests were to impact deliveries to grocery stores, guess what? Yeah, might be a while before they get more Ho Ho’s on the shelves.
Plan ahead. Have enough in your pantry to see you and yours through situations like that.