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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 10:03 AM

My grocery store now opens at 7AM

Went early to get a few items. As I was waiting in the car, I was listening to the radio and they were talking about food banks and how supplies are running low in many areas. I was happy to hear them encourage their listeners to buy extra and donate to their local food banks. It was a good reminder!! Iím guessing as time goes on and so many will be out of work that food banks will be pretty busy. I usually donate fairly often to ours but honestly, with all of the covid scare it didnít cross my poor pea-pickiní mind. Iím gonna drop off the extra I bought later today.

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Reply My grocery store now opens at 7AM (Original post)
Alliepoo Mar 2020 OP
no_hypocrisy Mar 2020 #1
DarthDem Mar 2020 #2
Alliepoo Mar 2020 #3

Response to Alliepoo (Original post)

Tue Mar 17, 2020, 10:15 AM

1. I'm a cashier at a grocery emporium in NJ.

From January to three weeks ago, the store was almost empty, leaving management no choice but to cut hours. I lost half my pay.

Now, I'm getting extra hours. I'm exhausted but grateful.

As NJ has told residents bars and restaurants have to close by 8:00 p.m., they're stocking up on their chips, chicken, and liquor. My belit is laden with purchases, resulting in easily 10 bags per customer. Sometimes they need two carts to take it away.

Our store has a computerized system with check-out. Each item is tabulated into a program that automatically puts in an order for restocking if a certain number is reached. Let's say we sold 500 packages of chicken breasts. Automatically a computerized order goes out to load a truck and bring us 500 more packages of chicken breasts and is on the road within one hour. We haven't had empty shelves yet.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 17, 2020, 10:21 AM

2. Thanks for this


It's good to hear these positive anecdotes. They're encouraging. Thanks.

I just read that Amazon is hiring 100,000 people to keep up with demand. I imagine other delivery companies will be doing the same. That may offset some of the job losses.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 17, 2020, 01:24 PM

3. Sounds like a good system to reorder!!

Canít say the Kroger stores in my town havenít had empty shelves because they sure have!! After a clicklist order that yielded only 2 sacks of potatoes and a couple of boxes of Lipton extra noodle soup (everything else was out of stock) to a couple of in person shopping trips, I have most everything I think we will need for a couple of weeks. Everyone at the store that I speak with say they are working their fannies off. I make sure to thank them for the great job theyíre doing. Iím sure your patrons appreciate you, too!!! Stay well!!

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