Independent Aussie Grocers Keep Shelves Stocked

While Australia’s major supermarket chains may have experienced stock shortages due to COVID-19 delays, Sydney and Melbourne produce markets are reporting plentiful supply with distribution largely unaffected. The spread of the virus and isolation of many workers has seen shelves empty at big supermarkets along the east coast in recent weeks. National cabinet this week agreed to relax close contact isolation rules in a bid to resolve the growing crisis. But Jason Cooper, CEO of Fresh State who represents wholesalers at the Melbourne Markets, says the pandemic has provided a win for independent players and lessons for major retailers. He insists there simply haven’t been the same challenges for the independents because they march to a different beat. “The independent retailers predominantly get their produce out of the central market system … and we don’t have supply issues,” he says. “For whatever reasons there are different distribution processes within the industry. “Was …

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