Supply problems in the “fair price” basket: small businesses buy from big chains

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The shortage of products from the “Fair Prices” program continues to increase cross accusations. The chains accuse the suppliers of this situation. And some slide it the owners of the cafeteria go to the gondolas of the hypermarketthey buy in large quantities and, therefore, the replacement is delayed.

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The self-service shopping situation in major hypermarkets deepens in those that have wholesale channels. This has been counted from the repositories of various chains clarion. The companies say that this situation is not such, and that it exists a limit of six units per customer in the most popular products.

There are products that are highly sought after by families, such as “Natural oil or mayonnaise”, which are almost not reached, according to the chains’ repositories. In wholesalers, even in chains, those who replace products notice that problems arise because customers can do it buy in bulk or in bulk this type of goods.

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“Chinese market owners leave us ‘peeled’‘When we replace the oil, the mayonnaise, the herbs, the beer and everything that costs less than in traditional wholesalers like Vital or Diarco’, they say in the gondolas of a large chain.

clarion noted -in a branch of a chain in the southern suburbs- that all the aforementioned products were out of stock, as long as they were included in the “Right Prices”. The varieties that are outside of that schedule if they are reached.

Repositories try defensive strategies to avoid being stripped so quickly. “We don’t constantly replace gondolas with shortcomings, because cafeterias and small shops have WhatsApp groups where prices are passedand we are left with nothing if we put it in,” he repeated.

Carrefour has different formats: Express, Market, Hiper and Maxi. In the latter, consumers can access the same prices as in the branches. As commented in other chains, supermarkets tend to focus on the Maxi as a means of stocking up. Then, they resell those same products with a surcharge, given that the informal channel – as shops and Chinese are called – is not obliged to sell for a fixed amount.

“The wholesale channel is included in the Fair Prices programme. It is true that sometimes products such as Natura oil and mayonnaise are missing, but this is not always due to wholesale sales”, they reply to Carrefour. The chain buys from an oil trust and usually asks for more oil than it gets.

“Carrefour’s policy is to prioritize the needs of the final consumer, That’s why we’ve set a limit on the amount a person can buy of certain products” and that 6 units per customer of those items are sold. “Like many products from the well-curated baskets (such as ‘Fair Prices’) we offer them at wholesale prices, if we put them all the store is sold out,” they added.

Wholesalers who supply supermarkets are also part of the Fair Prices scheme. But small local businesses buy their oil in a supply chain, rather than in the specific channel for them. In petroleum, they benefit from buying from a chain instead of a wholesaler.

We look for the best price. It doesn’t matter if whoever has it is Carrefour, Diarco or Jaguar, we look for a price”, according to Yolanda Duran, chairman of the Chamber of Chinese Supermarkets. “Chinese supermarkets and shops don’t have access to good prices for leading brands. It’s sad to see the dairy supplier walk through the warehouse door and they don’t lower a drawer at a good price, it makes sense for us to buy at wholesale prices from the competition.”

Fernando J. Genazzini

Source: Clarin

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