Burt Flickinger was interviewed by Tobie Stanger, Senior Editor of CONSUMER REPORTS, for a major story about strategies to deal with shortages and unpredictability at the grocery store, the pressures that are still making it hard for manufacturers to make, pack, and ship their orders & why most top-selling food & beverage big brands, including salted snacks and cookies & crackers, are still not on the shelves:
“We have enough grain, but the plastic film that goes inside bags of cookies, crackers, and snacks is still sitting at the ports in mainland China,” says Burt Flickinger III, managing director at Strategic Resource Group, a retail consulting company based in New York.
What you can do: Assuming you like the limited selections at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, and Sam’s Club, you’re more likely to find what you want there. These stores get 12 to 20 deliveries per week from brand manufacturers vs. three to six for a typical supermarket, Flickinger says. Brand manufacturers favor warehouse clubs because their orders are less complex than those of grocers, requiring less variety and fewer sizes, he explains. You may even save money: Costco earns a top score for competitiveness of prices in CR’s ratings of grocery stores and supermarkets..."
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