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Panic buying wasn’t the only reason supermarkets ran out of stock

The current pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has impacted every retail sector in vastly differently ways. At the peak of the pandemic, many physical stores experienced reduced footfall, while social distancing rules presented new and unique challenges, especially in the grocery sector which saw swarms of consumers panic buying essential items. The hardware sector also saw larger numbers of people inspired to complete home DIY projects, while high street retailers and department stor