Winter Power Disaster Impacts Groceries and Supplies – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Power outages, water problems, and roads covered with snow and ice all impacted grocery stores during this week’s weather and power disaster. NBC 5 crews noted limited supplies in stores that can be opened. What does this mean for the essentials in the future?
“We know there will be supply chain issues, but we won’t know how bad they are literally until they thaw,” said Michael Davis, economist and professor at SMU’s Cox School of Business.
“I guarantee there are people on the front lines who think what do we know?” added Davis. “Which products have been frozen and must be thrown away? In which shops have pipes leaked over something important? It will be next week before we get a rough look at what this supply chain has been doing. “
This week, Texas Ag commissioner Sid Miller warned Texan farmers and ranchers, who were also affected by the energy and weather crisis. He called on the state to include agriculture as part of the critical infrastructure in the event of controlled failures.
“The supply chain is broken. Consumers will pay more because the supply and demand just won’t be there, ”Miller said.
“It comes at an extremely inconvenient time when consumers can least afford it. They have been unemployed, unable to work, they are having the impact of COVID-19 on their finances, “Miller added. “Now this. People will have unexpected costs like mending broken pipes and replacing water heaters.”
Stores in North Texas are working to keep supplies on the shelves
In stores that opened this week, customers were ready to line up in sub-zero temperatures to get in.
Walmart said it is using its emergency support teams and the merchandising, replenishment, supply chain and logistics teams are working to get the deliveries to stores as soon as possible.
Kroger said it had to temporarily close 15 stores at this point. The distribution center is without electricity, which affects the supply. Storms and road conditions have also kept some employees from work – the Dallas division works with 30 to 40 percent of its employees.
Davis anticipates tough weeks with limited sourcing opportunities, but the supply chain will recover, much like it did after the pandemic purchase of store shelves last spring.
“Our supply chains are very adaptable and redundant, and we found that out in March and April. If you remember, we panicked and people were hoarding toilet paper and all sorts of ridiculous things. The supply chain recovered pretty quickly, ”said Davis.
He said it was important to keep this in mind, especially if you are one of the lucky North Texans who hasn’t run out of electricity and food in your fridge.
“When you go to the grocery store, you don’t buy two gallons of milk, you buy a gallon of milk and make sure there is enough milk left on the shelves,” Davis said.
COVID-19 vaccine supplies
The Texas Department of Health said the CDC, along with FedEx and UPS, is holding the COVID-19 vaccine for this week.
Around 35,000 cans were sent to Texas and are due to arrive at eight vendors on Wednesday.
The state is urging vendors unable to store vaccines due to power outages to move vaccines to another location or to administer the doses so that they are not wasted.
The state said it was waiting to learn more about future shipping plans.
If your vaccine has been postponed in the meantime, expect the provider to contact you directly to arrange a new appointment.
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