What it’s like to manufacture toilet paper during a pandemic

May 13, 2020Toilet paper became a coveted item sometime in mid-March, when US cities and states saw an increase in coronavirus cases that prompted many Americans to stock up on household goods. Soon enough, grocery stores found themselves struggling to meet demand; some placed purchase limits on certain items, toilet paper chief among them, as sparsely stocked shelves became the new normal.

While many people attributed the toilet paper scarcity to panic buying, the shortage likely stemmed from supply chain disruptions, as I previously reported for The Goods. More people are staying home and therefore using more of their own TP stash.

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CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS SALES DOWN 8% IN APRIL FROM MARCH PEAK, AS BUYING PATTERNS ADAPT TO HOME-CONFINED LIFESTYLES

Hand sanitizer, baking supplies, drink mixers and frozen poultry categories show the most growth compared to a year ago

NEW YORK, MAY 13, 2020 American household consumer packaged goods (CPG) spending declined 8% in April compared with March, a month characterized by a period of extreme buying as COVID-19 concerns took root in the U.S. In March 2020, grocery sales increased by an unprecedented 36% compared with March 2019. These findings are part of new data released by NCSolutions (NCS), the leading company for improving advertising effectiveness for the consumer packaged goods ecosystem.  Continue reading “CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS SALES DOWN 8% IN APRIL FROM MARCH PEAK, AS BUYING PATTERNS ADAPT TO HOME-CONFINED LIFESTYLES”

Consumers Ease Up on Panic Buying

April 30, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The pandemic is dragging on and many Americans are still in self-quarantine, but pandemic panic buying is declining, reports Progressive Grocer. Consumer concerns about the availability of food and consumer packaged goods (CPG), such as household cleaners, is easing.

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New Frozen Food Data Shows Drop in Sales After COVID-19 Stockpiling Peak/Dip/Rise Through Mid-April

April 23, 2020 – Earlier this week, I posted refrigerated and frozen food sales numbers from research firm IRI for the week ending April 5, which showed a rise in purchases again after a dip from the early March COVID-19 stockpiling frenzy that sent sales skyrocketing and disrupted the cold food supply chain. The year-over-year (YOY) numbers compared to 2019 continue to be astronomical despite the dip.

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Panic grocery buying slows; iPhone sales plummeted in March

April 9, 2020 –The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

GLOBAL SHOCK: There is no place on earth inhabited by humans that is not being hit by the economic shock of the pandemic. The U.S. rolled out a $2.3 trillion plan to stabilize the economy Thursday.

— Oxfam is warning half a billion people in the developing world could be pushed into poverty. In a report based on research at King’s College London and the Australian National University, Oxfam is calling for the immediate cancellation of $1 trillion in debt payments due from developing countries this year.

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Wiped Out of Toilet Paper? Here’s Why

April 9, 2020 – What does toilet paper have to do with a global pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Stores shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two.

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CONSUMER SPENDING REMAINS 23 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LEVELS PRE-COVID WHILE THE AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS’ GROCERY BASKET RETURNS MOSTLY TO ITS PREVIOUS MIX

NCSolutions Finds Shoppers Prioritize Veggies, Salty Snacks, and Cheese in their Grocery Baskets as Americans Evolve from a Pattern of Extreme Buying to Home-Confined Buying

NEW YORK, April 9, 2020 – NCSolutions (NCS), the leading company for improving advertising effectiveness for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) ecosystem, today released new data showing average household grocery spend has fallen since the COVID-19 Extreme Buying peak but still remains elevated at 23% higher than pre-pandemic levels. This marked shift—coupled with a return to a grocery basket mix reminiscent of pre-COVID-19 shopping patterns—indicates consumers have entered a new purchasing stage: Home-Confined Buying.

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