When we were living in Kentucky, Vince was on some emergency preparedness board and that is when we learned that stores keep close to zero inventory on most items. Several times while living in Kentucky, we had a lot of snow or ice and the store shelves were emptied out. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for the trucks to arrive and restocking to be done.
Today we went to United to get some items that were on sale and some items that we needed – cabbage, limes, bananas, onions, ginger and a few other fresh items. There was not a single one of any of those items. Way more than half of their vegetable bins were empty. Shoppers were irate and some were pretty vocal! We asked a manager and he said all their produce comes out of Lubbock and the trucks had not been able to run due to the ice and snow. I understand and I’m glad they were looking out for the well being of their truck drivers but folks, please realize how quickly your food supply can be interrupted. The roads became a problem for the truckers probably Sunday so by Thursday . . probably by Wednesday but we just saw it today . . the store was out of so much!
If I had not been able to get onions, cabbage, limes, bananas and ginger somewhere else, it would not have been a big deal because we have plenty of food around here but, if you’re one of those people who keeps just a little bit of food on hand, there may come a time when you’re in trouble!
We went to Kroger and they had everything we needed but seeing the empty shelves in a normally fully stocked grocery store kinda makes my heart flutter a bit. Kroger’s trucks mostly come from Dallas and it was west and north of here that had so much ice and snow.
BTW, United did have a truck that had just arrived but it was going to be about 30 minutes before they got the food back on the shelves and we didn’t wait, so this wasn’t a long term shortage, but it can happen!