UK supermarkets are set to implement rationing within 24 hours of a run on essential goods being detected, amid growing fears panic buying will erupt if the UK confirms a no-deal Brexit. One major chain is preparing to intervene at high speed to implement a three-item limit on specific products, and could even impose a one-item limit on certain goods, in order to ensure all customers have access to essentials.
Moves to start rationing are expected to be expedited this winter after many stores took a week or more to levy item limits when Covid-19 sparked a spate of customer stockpiling in the spring.
That delay is now viewed as having further fuelled the panic buying episode, as the sight of shoppers loading up trolleys with multiples of the same item – such as pasta and loo roll – and photos of empty shelves on social media, encouraged others to follow suit in amassing stockpiles.
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