The National Association of Large Surfaces (Anged), which includes companies such as El Corte Inglés, Carrefour or Eroski, has guaranteed in a statement the “supply” and “smooth operation” of the activity of the stores in the Community of Madrid, as well as the supply chain and logistics.
From Anged they admit “a strong increase in demand” in some establishments during this Monday, and they affect that despite this, on Tuesday the linear lines have returned to be replenished and that the entire chain has continued to function normally. “Therefore, disproportionate hoarding of food and products is not necessary,” says Nora.
The association also expects Tuesday “a greater influx than a usual Tuesday” in Madrid, Vitoria and other places where measures are taken, but stress that companies have the capacity to cope with this punctual increase in demand.
For his part, the president of Mercadona, Juan Roig, has asked to rationalize the fear of the spread of the coronavirus so as not to aggravate the situation and has ensured that there is enough assortment in its stores, despite the “impulsive reaction” of consumers registered between yesterday and today, especially in Madrid.
Likewise, from Asedas (Mercadon, Dia or IFA Group) they have stressed that Spain has one of the most efficient food distributions in Europe and with equipment prepared to deal with extraordinary situations, such as that caused by the current coronavirus crisis. A call for calm has also been made from the Association of Spanish Supermarket Chains (ACES), which represents the Auchan, Carrefour, Eroski, Lidl and Supercor groups. After the last measures of reinforced containment adopted in the Community of Madrid and other points of Spain before the increase of infections by coronavirus, the president of ACES, Aurelio del Pino, has assured that «the supply in the stores is perfectly guaranteed in any region Of the territory”.
“We are faced with a situation of specific moment and circumscribed to certain regions and cities, but the consumer must be calm, our companies are prepared,” said the representative of the supermarket chains.
Long lines in the super
The images of long queues of customers in stores gathering and empty shelves of certain products have happened in some establishments, after this Monday Madrid decided the temporary closure of schools and national health authorities issued a series of recommendations against the increased risk of virus transmission.
Meanwhile, sources of the Dia group have also ruled out the shortage and, although some product may be missing in a “timely” way, they have reinforced the work in the warehouses with more employees and are focusing their efforts on customer service. .