In preparation for Day Zero, CEO at Price Check, Kevin Tucker says they have seen an increase in consumer purchasing trends online and in retail where people are buying water saving devices and utensils.
He says over the last two years they have seen an increase in items like Jo-Jo tanks, Jerry cans to carry 25 litres of the daily water allocation, buckets for showering, hand sanitisers and rinse free dish-soap.
We have seen huge growth in people searching for bottled water online and some strange trends of people looking for artificial grass, wet wipes and sanitisers...— Kevin Tucker, CEO at Price Check
Tucker says they haven't seen any increase in pricing from retailers, He says it could be that the water problem is unique only to Cape Town and that a lot of manufacturers and suppliers are based in Johannesburg.
We seem to be OK on the pricing perspective...— Kevin Tucker, CEO at Price Check
We have seen a bit of panic in water less products and the bottled water and think the demand is going to outstrip supply in the short term.— Kevin Tucker, CEO at Price Check
The volumes we are seeing indicate that people are not just buying one item at a time, they are really just trying to get as much as they can, as soon as they can.— Kevin Tucker, CEO at Price Check
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