Supermarkets strive to keep stock on shelves

Coles staff Temika Perica, Jo Tozer and fresh produce manager Kirby Barton at Coles Tumut yesterday.

Some items are in short supply, but otherwise it is business as usual at Coles Tumut.

Meat and toilet paper are the main items in small numbers at the supermarket thanks to the resurgence of Covid-19.

“We were getting limited supplies of some items, mainly meat and toilet paper and some dairy lines but we are still busy,” second-in-charge Cath Baker said.

“Our fruit and veg is great, as is our deli, and our bakery hasn’t had any dramas.”

The pandemic has increased the use of the store’s Click and Collect service.

“Click and Collect has been really busy, because people are isolating,” Ms Baker said.

The store got a delivery of Rapid Antigen tests on Wednesday, but these were sold out by 5pm.


“They are usually sold out in two hours,” Ms Baker said.

“The company that supplies them is working towards a solution to get us more.”

She said customers weren’t complaining about the shortage of some items.

“The customers have been very understanding,” she said.

“People always find an alternative product if they can’t get the one they wanted.”

Staffing levels are the same despite Covid.

“Everyone’s working; we haven’t had any issues,” she said.