I think we all remember when the coronavirus pandemic first began about two years ago.

People were rushing to the grocery like crazy just to stock up on the essentials, like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Both of those items were hard to find.

I do remember going shopping at a few places such as Kroger and Meijer. They were both low on toilet paper and hand sanitizer for a short time, but nothing to worry about.

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Now according to sources, some grocery stores have bare shelves which reminds us all of the first few days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to mlive.com:

Retailers are caught in a web of issues, including supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and high COVID-19 cases. From cereal to soup to December's cream cheese demand, fully stocked shelves can be hit or miss at stores.

This may be hit or miss lately, but my wife and I haven't seen any bare shelves at any of the grocery stores that we frequently shop at.

Kroger and Meijer both do a pretty good job of keeping their shelves adequately stocked every time we shop at either location.

The only thing they were low on most recently was distilled water which wasn't a big deal. They were just waiting for the big grocery truck to pull up so they could be unloaded and put on shelves.

Mlive.com also adds:

Severe weather can also disrupt distribution with trucks responsible for transporting about 72% of freight in the United States. Winter storms, like the ones that recently shut down I-80 in northern California and I-95 in Virginia, can cause additional delivery delays.

Who's to say what's going to happen down the road with our current supply chain demand. Let's hope it doesn't cause more problems for local grocery stores trying to keep up with demand.

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