These reports aren’t meant to alarm anyone – I just find it terribly interesting.
Vince doesn’t pay a lot of attention so this isn’t very detailed but still worth sharing.
Me: How did the stores look?
Vince: Walmart looked alarmingly low on stock.
Me: What seemed low?
Vince: I didn’t pay attention. I just noticed large, empty areas on the shelves.
He said Walmart hardly had any meat. He said there was a “limit of 2” but it wasn’t clear if it was two packages per “type” (chicken, beef, pork) or a limit of two packages of meat period. He bought two packages of ground beef and didn’t question the rule.
He said he saw no limits on milk or butter. He didn’t look at baking items such as flour and sugar.
At Aldi, there was a limit of two on the meat again. Same as Walmart – wasn’t clear so he just bought two more packages of ground beef. He said last week, Aldi had one section of meat that was empty and they have some kind of blind they pull down when it’s empty. Today they had two meat bins that were empty and closed. As I recall, they only have three, maybe four bins so to have two completely empty is a pretty big reduction. He said Aldi still had more meat than Walmart but Walmart has a huge meat selection so even with 2/3rds of it empty, I’m betting they actually had more pounds of meat than Aldi but . . I wasn’t there so I’m speculating.
Vince said it appears Aldi has “condensed” the groceries into smaller areas and has more “non-food items” – clothing, toys, crafty items.
Vince felt Aldi looked more well stocked than Walmart, but because Aldi has reduced their food area, according to Vince, they may have way less food now than they had three months ago, where Walmart may have close to the same amount of food they had three months ago and may be just short on some items.
Vince was able to get everything on my list. As I suspected, and as always happens when he goes to the store, he got a few extra things. Mostly it was fresh produce that looked good at Walmart – corn on the cob, zucchini, cherries. That may be all he added .. it’s all I can remember!