The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing consumerism to slow all across the nation. In hopes of offsetting the spread of the virus in the US, local and state governments have issued “shelter in place” orders, which limits the amount of contact from person to person, encouraging citizens to stay home.
Recognizing the necessity of basic needs, businesses deemed “essential”, for example, grocery stores, gas stations and banks will remain open, under the order.
You may have noticed, people are quick to stock up on non-perishable items and other household staples such as toilet paper, leaving many store’s paper good’s aisle bare. Undoubtedly, reports from The Wall Street Journal have stated seeing spikes in grocery store sales up to 20% in the last 3 weeks alone.
How does Covid-19 impact dog supply brands?
While the impact of Covid-19 on humans and our everyday shopping is obvious, is the pandemic affecting our pet supply needs? Are there back-ups when it comes to purchasing little Fido’s favorite food? Will you have to wait weeks for an online order to ship? Will you be forced to start concocting your own pet food?
What is the overall impact Covid-19 is having when it comes to keeping our four-legged friends well-fed for the foreseeable future? Fortunately pet supply stores, like grocery stores, are considered an essential business and will remain running throughout the duration of the pandemic.
In a survey done by Civic Science, 64 percent of pet owners claimed they had enough supplies and food to last their animals for the next 3-4 weeks.
However, it was reported that there was almost a 20 percent increase in all pet store purchases made online, presumably as a result of the “shelter in place” orders.
Additionally, San Francisco based software service company, Womply, shared staggering data that correlated with the population’s response to the virus. Documenting a retail survey, current as of the 24th of March, the state of New York saw an increase of sales by 273 percent.
The study which included more than 1,600 local and chain pet-stores also showed that more specifically in the New York metro area, the retail sales increased by 335 percent on March 16th alone.
CEO of Just Food For Dogs, Carey Tischler states in an interview with The Bark, “We saw a massive spike in demand both online and in our kitchens, pantries and retail partners. As we source our own restaurant-grade ingredients and prepare, cook and package it ourselves in our own kitchens, we have been able to meet those demands with very few delays or stock issues during this crisis.”
Furthermore, just like local grocery stores, many pet stores have adjusted their hours, in order to allow time to restock their shelves. This means that for now, the good news is we should be able to continue to find our dog’s favorite food/supplies on shelves either at local pet stores or online!