For the past several weeks, shoppers in the St. Louis region and across the country have scrambled to neighborhood grocery stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is during times like these where local grocers want to reassure our community that we are prepared for this crisis, there is no shortage of food, and retailers are working every day to ensure any disruption at our stores is short-lived. We at the St. Louis Regional Chamber commend area grocers like Schnucks and Dierbergs for rising to the challenge during this crisis and being resilient to the demands of consumers in the St. Louis region.
Lately, buyers are purchasing an estimated three weeks’ worth of groceries, compared to the typical one-week shopping trip. The wave of increased consumer buying has led to short term transportation challenges, with grocers working in overdrive to work the freight to the floor. To help out, states like Missouri and Illinois have raised truck weight limits and increased hours so that drivers can work to meet food delivery demands. Grocers can assure you that there is no shortage of food and stores are working to fulfill the result of a temporary increase in consumer demand.
Todd Schnuck, CEO of Schnucks Markets let us know that “we are working closely with our suppliers and coordinating with our warehouse teams to ensure that as soon as these items arrive in our warehouse, they are shipped out to our stores.” That is great news for St. Louis area residents concerned about access to bread and frozen vegetables as more Americans practice social distancing and reduce trips out of the house. In addition, all area grocers are working together in partnership with local leadership to temporarily lift overnight delivery restrictions and keep stores stocked. “We are diligently working with suppliers to ensure that the food, medicine, and cleaning supplies are reaching our stores as quickly as possible,” said the Dierbergs Family.
Finally, we want to recognize the true heroes: the store employees who are working hard, altering their hours to ensure stores are clean and shelves are stocked so your family can continue to shop.
During this time, area grocers like Schnucks and Dierbergs are making every effort to ensure that the supply of food in the St. Louis region will remain adequate. Retailers will continue to work diligently to respond to customer needs, keeping stores clean and filling shelves amidst the high levels of customer traffic and unprecedented food sales. Local grocers are committed to our community in the St. Louis region and will continue to work hard to address supply chain challenges and fill the shelves for customers. The priorities have not changed, and stores will continue to be resilient by addressing customer needs.
So next time you are out grocery shopping, be sure to thank your local store’s employees for their tireless work and dedication to our regions’ families.