TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Publix buyers will have to cap their purchases for the holiday season after the supermarket chain adopted purchase limits in all stories.
Communications director Maria Brous said high vacation demand and supply issues have forced the chain to limit some items to 2 per customer.
Brous said signs will be placed to inform customers of the limits.
These elements include:
- Canned Cranberry Sauce
- Sauce in a jar
- Canned pie filling
- Canola and vegetable oil
- Cream cheese
- Sausage roll for breakfast
- Paper napkins
- Disposable plates, cups and cutlery
- Bath fabric
- Refrigerated snacks (Lunch type items)
- Sports drinks
- Aseptic type juice (Capri sun)
- Canned cat food (assorted packs)
- Refrigerated pet food
The limits will be enacted in the seven states where Publix operates.
“I think there is still enough supply for demand for these products. However, we have seen panic buying among the public and I think Publix is just trying to be careful, ”said Dr. Seckin Ozkul, director of the Supply Chain Innovation Lab at USF Muma College of Business. “I think it’s a good idea to just send a message: just buy what you need and don’t necessarily buy someone else’s. “
Dr Ozkul highlights what happened in the first months of the pandemic when panicked shoppers emptied the shelves of toilet paper.
He says it’s also possible that delays at international ports are playing a role.
“It’s a possibility that Publix also anticipates that if some of these items really go out of the country and the port congestion issue was a factor, they might implement some limitations as well, but my main view is that they’re just making sure everyone has enough food for Thanksgiving, ”Dr. Ozkul said.
A Publix spokesperson declined to say how long the policy will be in place.
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