Retailers urge shoppers to stay calm and not to panic unnecessarily

March, 13, 2020

Urging the public to remain calm and not to panic unnecessarily, JKH Retail Sector President assured that despite the global impact of the coronavirus outbreak, there is no shortage in the availability of products in the country.

This comes after consumer sentiment marginally tilted towards staying well-stocked for a number of reasons, which include preparations amid the Covid-19 situation.

“Customers are taking precautionary measures in purchasing more products for their household. Due to this unprecedented demand, there is high off-take products at our stores. It is time we need to act as responsible citizens. We are trying our best to work with our suppliers, to ensure that sufficient stocks are available to customers. We have placed additional orders and deliveries to our stores during the coming few days,”  Charitha Subasinghe, President – Retail, John Keells Group said whilst speaking exclusively to Ada Derana.

Speaking further he noted that the empty shelves are due to unprecedented sales during a very short period and the logistics are in place and that he is very confident that it will normalize soon, once the buying patterns return to normal.