SPINDYLE, NK (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – If you think, “Oh, no, not again,” you’re not alone.
Another massive influx of toilet paper rolls destroyed bathroom fabrics in stores in the region. Now local producers are racing to monitor demand and make sure the shelves remain in stock.
“We work 24/7,” said cardinal tissue owner Vince Reese. “We can’t handle the whole search.”
This week, FOX 46 found store after store sold out or almost depleted of toilet paper and paper towels. So we took a trip to Cardinal Fabric’s production plant, about 70 miles west of Charlotte, to find out why this was happening and what the industry was doing.
Reese gave us a tour of his 1
“Repeating at a faster pace what we saw in April,” he said, describing the current shortage.
According to him, this new work with toilet paper is associated with record jumps in cases of coronavirus across the country.
“You’re starting to see things close again and people worry about not being restricted for a while,” Reese said. “It simply came to our notice then. And part of that preparation is to make sure they have enough toilet paper. “
Under the big American flag, automated machines turn 35 tons of paper into a fabric product, filling six tractor trailers a day. This is sent to regional stores and some national chains.
About 20-30 percent more products are coming out now, across the industry, to cope with growing demand, Reese estimates. He has ordered new equipment, which he hopes will double the amount of product he can produce, producing up to four million cases a year.
“It will absolutely help,” he said of the new equipment purchased before the pandemic.
Although it will help, he believes the current shortage could continue into the winter.
“I think it will have a lot to do with the time people spend in their homes,” he said.
This time, he says, suppliers are better prepared to handle demand. The bottom line: buy only what you need.
To avoid the accumulation and release of shelves that led to price equalization earlier this year, retailers such as Publix, Target and Harris Teeter are again limiting how much toilet paper customers can buy.
Cleaning supplies are also depleted online. Amazon says it is working with manufacturers to return items such as disinfectant wipes, paper towels and hand sanitizer.
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