Yes, it has been more than over a year since COVID-19 was officially declared a Pandemic, but visions of toilet paper shortages and empty store shelves are still fresh in our minds. On top of that, buying demand continues to strengthen, and shipping delays have still been inevitable.
Well, due to two recent crises, products are having an even harder time getting where they need to go.
Shipping containers have also been harder to get as well, since many are produced in China. Most of the regular manufacturing has been shut down due to the crisis, and companies were caught off guard when trade and business picked up in late 2020. All kinds of goods have had a hard time getting to their destinations as a result.
No More TP?
When taking these two situations into account, it comes as no surprise that makers of some of the largest toilet paper brands in the U.S., Scott and Cottonelle have since come out and confirmed that it will be even harder to get toilet paper in the coming months. Announced late on March 31, the maker of Viva, Scott and Cottonelle products stated that prices would be going up on toilet paper, other consumer products, and baby care items, such as diapers.
Increases will likely be in the low single to mid high digit range, and are expected to be put into effect by late June.
Due to the “inflation” of raw materials and the projected difficulty getting these manufactured, shipped and on store shelves, a change had to happen.
It is not just toilet paper that many be affected. Cheese, furniture and coffee may also be hard to find at a reasonable price in the coming months ahead due to where they are typically made and the backlog of orders still needing to be delivered.
While there is no need to panic, if you know you have a legitimate need for any of these goods, make plans to get them now or as soon as possible. Get only what you need so there is more for others, though!
The limits on paper good purchases still exist at many stores, and those likely will not slow down any time soon.
Keep an eye on the news for any additional updates to this story. Until then, stay safe, do not panic buy and do what you can to slow the virus’ spread so the Pandemic can end sooner rather than later.