UK retailer Sainsbury’s has introduced restrictions on the number of grocery items purchased by customers.
Starting today, shoppers at Sainsbury’s stores can purchase a maximum of three units of any grocery product and a maximum of two popular products including toilet paper, soap, UHT milk.
In a letter addressed to customers, CEO Mike Coupe said that the company has enough food coming into the system but the decision to limit sales is to ensure that it remains on shelves for longer and can be bought by a larger number of customers.
The retailer has also announced that it is to close cafes as well as meat, fish and pizza counters in its stores from 19 March (tomorrow).
The move will help in allocating more resources in its warehouse and transport services for restocking essential products.
Sainsbury’s has also announced that the first hour in every supermarket will be reserved for elderly and vulnerable customers, starting tomorrow.
It also plans to offer priority access to online delivery slots for all customers over the age of 70 or people with disabilities from 23 March.
The company will also operate and expanded ‘click and collect’ service to allow customers who are 'self-isolating' to order online and pick up from collection points in store car parks.