Giant retailers allay public fears, assure adequate stocks of consumer goods

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The fear that the Covid-19 situation in Thailand will soon reach level 3 pandemic has caused panic buying and hoarding of face masks, hand sanitisers as well as consumer products such as rice, cooking oil, toilet paper, instant noodles and canned goods, Pathaphong Iamsuro, chief commercial officer at Big C Supercenter Plc, said on Sunday (March 15).

“In the past few days, these products have been gone from shelves at many convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets,” he said. “Big C has been prepared for the situation since the early stages of the outbreak, and would like to ensure that we have enough stocks of products necessary for daily life, including rice, dried foods, frozen foods, drinking water and sanitisers.”

“There is no need to hoard consumer products at the moment,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tesco Lotus posted on the company’s twitter account @TescoLotus that “Due to increased demand, Tesco Lotus has prepared enough stocks of consumer products for our customers at all branches. Moreover, we will order more products from manufacturers to make sure that customers can enjoy low-price items as well as discount promotions every day.”

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