From the time the outbreak of Coronavirus case saw confirmed in Kenya. Kenyans started to throng supermarkets to start stocking food supplies. Hand sanitisers were also on a high demand. But toilet paper is one of the commodities that is being bought in bulk than ever before.
If you walk around shops and supermarkets you will not miss to see Kenyans buying rolls of tissue papers. It has become almost a must have commodity for all shoppers. But the question is , where are they taking the toilet papers?
Why are Kenyans in a rush to buy toilet papers?
According to one of the local processing factory, they have seen a sharp rise in demand for the commodity. The demand is so high that the factories are struggling to keep up with the demand.
“Paper machines already run 24/7. There’s only so much we can do with any incremental increase in demand because there is no surplus capacity.” One insider reported.
Some supermarkets are reporting constant diminish of the product shortly after stocking due to high demand.
Internationally the trend is the same. Speaking to CNN Tom Sellars CEO of Sellars Absorbent materials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said he was surprised by the trend. He noted that the trend was unusual and couldn’t find an explanation.
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“If you ask me why everyone is grabbing toilet paper, I can’t really explain it,” said Tom Sellars
“It’s not like we are suddenly using more of it. But the surge in demand could strain the supply chain,” He noted.
Probably Kenyans are buying tissue papers in bulk because they anticipate a possible lock down due to Coronavirus outbreak as it has been witnessed in most parts in the world. Considering the fact that toilet paper is one commodity you cannot survive without especially in a confined place, this may be a precaution measure in readiness for the unforeseen situation.