Shoppers notice empty shelves for colds and cough medicine – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Shoppers may have noticed empty or nearly empty shelves in supermarkets or pharmacies when looking for cold, cough and flu medications, and over-the-counter treatment items.

The Dallas Morning News took snapshots around North Texas, noting bare shelves.

“Given all that’s going on, consumers should probably expect these periodic shortcomings over the next three to six months as the supply chain returns to gear and catches up,” said Michael Gallaway, senior faculty member. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Dallas College North Lake Campus. “You’ll probably see a lot of situations where the product gets into a store, it’s going on the shelves, and it’s going to be gone relatively quickly.”

Experts say the problems are likely to be very temporary and that patience may be needed.

“When you have a greater demand than expected, then you will have some disruption,” Gallaway said. “There will be some shortcomings, but be sure that the manufacturers of these products work tirelessly to get the product back on the shelf, because when the product is not on the shelf, they do not make money. It is really the bottom line at the end of the day. . ”

A representative of Target said DFW stores should be replenished and replenished regularly and their data do not indicate a shortage.

It appears as soon as the items are added to the shelves they are about to be purchased.

“It’s a bit like a perfect storm coming together. You have a new COVID variant out there. You’re having a cold and flu season, and a lot of people are looking for relief in over-the-counter medicine,” Gallaway said.

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