Dutch supermarkets want longer window times again, so that they have more time to receive trucks with stocks. These window times were temporarily extended during the lockdown last spring to be able to fill empty shelves faster.
The extended supply period was abolished on 1 June. The Central Food Agency (CBL) says it is in talks with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and individual municipalities about a reintroduction. An agreement has already been reached with Amsterdam.
In this way, the supermarkets are preparing for the consequences of a possible second lockdown. A spokesman for the CBL says that there are no empty shelves in the stores now and that there does not seem to be massive hoarding.
Whether some products will become scarce again at a certain point, according to the spokesman, depends on the behavior of customers. “If everyone is shopping in normal amounts, the supplies are large enough. During the first wave it turned out that hoarding is really not necessary.”
Supermarket chain Albert Heijn also says it has no shortages at the moment and has not yet observed any hoarding behavior in the stores.
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