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If you’ve ducked into the supermarket lately only to be greeted with empty shelves, it’ll come as no surprise that buying limits are being reintroduced.

Coles is putting the brakes on bulk purchasing of popular meat products and rapid antigen tests as demand hits peak levels.

“Due to high demand, we have introduced temporary pack limits per transaction/per customer on a range of products in store and online,” Coles outlined on its website. “Thank you for your patience. We ask that customers continue to respect and support our team members, particularly in these busier times.”

The temporary pack limits apply to:

  • Hough Covid-19 Home Test Kit – 1 pack (excluding WA)
  • Chicken breasts – 2 packs
  • Chicken thighs – 2 packs
  • Mince – 2 packs
  • Sausages – 2 packs

Staff shortages are impacting the supermarket’s supply chain, triggering the purchasing limits.

“It’s probably going to take a few weeks for us till we fully recover,” Coles Chief Operations Officer Matt Swindells told 7NEWS. “What we really need to do is make sure that the team members that are isolating are able to get tested, to get checked and then to safely return back to work quickly.”

Coles buying limits

Buying limits Coles

Coles shopper Jett has been sharing images of empty shelves in Queensland stores on Twitter, saying the empty shelves have been a common sight for the past couple of weeks.

A Woolworths spokesperson told 9 News that the supermarket hasn’t yet introduced buying limits.

“Our customers have been shopping in reasonable quantities and are only buying what they need, so we don’t believe product limits are needed at this stage. We will continue to closely monitor product availability across our stores.”

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  • Ignorance, greediness and sheer lack of compassion for others has lead to this problem. I saw a lady in Coles buy 10 packets of Panadol leaving none on the shelf – wt???
    It’s makes it very hard for people on a budget whom can only shop once a fortnight or monthly.
    It’s really getting beyond a joke.

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  • If people only buy what they need then there shouldn’t be any shortages.

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  • And there’s still no meat on the shelves.

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  • Yes I just went to my local Coles today and they had Nothing especially the chicken and meat is empty and the fruit and veg section was very limited, They are saying its because of the staff have covid but I am unsure about that

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  • Buy what you need, this won’t last forever. Maybe if you clean out your cupboards and look at those tin items, you may be able to make a new meal. We always have that tin of soup or spaghetti just in case we have extra people for dinner it can be amazing what can be made with very little.

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  • patience, respect for others, flexibility and kindness

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  • Panic buying serves no purpose other than depleting items that could stretch out and cover many customer purchases. After almost 2 years locked down here in Vic, I only ever buy what I need, when I need it and have managed to put a decent meal together every day. The latest COVID-19 variant is more infectious but fortunately the recovery time is much quicker so hopefully things will settle back to some normality soon. Patience and understanding makes a big difference to the all workers doing their best to help us.

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  • Panic buying serves no purpose other than depleting items that could stretch out and cover many customer purchases. After almost 2 years locked down here in Vic, I only ever buy what I need, when I need it and have managed to put a decent meal together every day. The latest COVID-19 variant is more infectious but fortunately the recovery time is much quicker so hopefully things will settle back to some normality soon. Patience and understanding makes a big difference to the health and retail workers doing their best to help us.

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  • There isn’t a shortage of food…..just delays in getting the products onto the shelves. There’s usually something available so we need to be flexible.

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  • It is to be expected with so many people having to isolate at home due to catching COVID. Do hope it gets back to normal soon. PS I didn’t realise Coles even sold the Rapid Antigen Tests.

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  • Unfortunately it is all part of the knock on effect. Whilst we are currently in WA and things appear a bit better here with stock levels on the shelves not too bad, it is only a matter of time until things start to look bare, especially given how much product gets delivered to our stores from the Eastern States. I really feel for people on tight budgets when they are unable to get their regular staples for the pantry that week.

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  • Here we go again

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  • its an inconvenience, but compared to so many countries we are still in a very fortunate position. its not life or death, this will pass .

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  • That’s great woolworths can figure out how to stock there shelves properly

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  • We recently tested positive for covid. I had a click and collect and you don’t understand how hard it is to find someone to get your groceries and deliver them to you! I had done the click and collect way before I felt sick and got tested so when I got the notification it was too late to cancel.
    Uber are absolutely useless!!! They don’t have a number to call when customers need help and the grocery pick up is so stupid.
    They need the groceries to be brought out to the driver?! Honestly! What supermarket chain has resources to walk out of a massive mall and meet an Uber driver?!
    Someone needs to introduce something better, especially in suburbs out of the inner city.

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