If you’re wondering why stores still don’t have toilet paper weeks after customers cleared shelves in an initial wave of panic shopping, finding an answer is every bit as difficult as finding toilet paper.
“The ultimate question everyone wants to know is when will the store shelves be restocked,” says Eric Abercrombie, a spokesman for TP maker Georgia-Pacific. “And, unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer for you on that.” Neither does Safeway rep Wendy Gutshall. “We are working with our supplier partners to refill high-demand products as quickly as possible,” she says, adding the grocery chain has even changed its hours to give employees more time to stock store shelves.
A spokesman for Proctor and Gamble, which makes Charmin, says the company is “working around the clock” to meet needs. Still, “demand continues to outpace supply,” says Loren Fanroy, leaving consumers scrambling to fill their needs. As one Twitter user wrote, “Some people aren’t shaking hands because of Coronavirus. I’m not shaking hands because everyone is out of toilet paper.”