Phase Four – Supply Chain Prioritizes – Proteins Return, Manufactured Processed Grain Products Still Lag…

• Phase One was retail. • Phase two was distribution. • Phase three was the space between manufacturing and distribution. • Phase four is raw material supply to manufacturing. U.S. food processing, and manufacturing is now operating at full capacity.

By now the majority of protein manufacturing has caught up. Beef and pork should be solid at your local market; however, chicken, while available, will lag to full replenishment capacity in the protein sector. The reason is: “chicken” is an ingredient component in many shelf stable items (soup etc.), that are still short as the manufacturing sector runs at capacity.

We enter a phase where grain commodities are now arriving at manufacturing.

♦ Between the Appalachian mountain range and the Colorado mountain range there is a massive amount of grain, meal, and derivative (farming) product generated. Thin component inventories, now exhausted at processing, are the cause of the current manufacturing supply chain stress… This lag will take a little longer.

There are train-loads of grain products heading both East and West daily; but there is a process of background prioritization taking place within the grain (total), flour, meal, rice and dried beans sector. The downstream ingredient system has a long-term and short-term priority schedule.

Example: total flour is prioritized to industrial bakeries for the production of bread. Nationally retail or consumer flour shortages are caused by prioritization in this part of the supply-chain.

Dry pasta will eventually catch up as manufacturers receive millions of metric tonnes of raw material. However, the canned pasta derivatives (think Chef Boyardee etc.) will come after. The same applies to macaroni (mac-n-cheese) manufacturing.

The grain and row crop farmers are loving the emptying of regional, industrial, dry storage silos; there will be a long-term benefit in the next harvest season.

Remember, chicken is a base ingredient for many shelf-stable items such as soup noodles (Ramen), as well as wet and dry soups. The temporary shortage of chicken will extend for an unknown time-frame as the retail chicken and manufacturing sector are both pulling from Chicken farmers. Because both segments are pulling inventory, the ability of soup manufacturers to catch up is a little limited. You are probably noticing that on retail shelves.

Chicken is also a big part of frozen processed food production. In addition to chicken nuggets, patties etc; it is also the primary ingredient for many blends of frozen dinner foods.

Rice is similar in that it is a base ingredient for a variety of sectors: plain rice, shelf stable blends, stuffings and many frozen prepared meals pull from rice harvests. The manufacturing sector will catch up, but the raw material is diversely spread into multiple manufacturing segments; so it takes a bit longer.

A note of caution, the dry pet foods category could also see a slight shortage in manufacturing as they draw from rice and grain supplies. You might see some empty shelves of dry dog and cat foods as a consequence. [Just an fyi]

Fruit juices are abundant as the seasonality of berries has left very little disruption in that sector. Water and enhanced water products that use fruit juices were only constrained by distribution issues (phases two and three), and those should be back to normal. Frozen fruit products and desserts also unaffected (except for distribution).

Dehydrated potato products will also catch up soon as the retail demand is never too extreme on an ordinary basis. They don’t need to manufacture too many dried potato varieties to catch up.  Frozen potato products are only a distribution capacity issue. Good ol’ taters are solid.

Dried beans again are a multi-segment derivative. Used in dry and wet soups, shelf stable products, rice blends, pet foods etc. It might take a little longer to see raw dried beans back in stock as the manufacturing sector for the derivatives soaks up the beans. Wet beans (baked beans) should be back in business very soon; if not already.

Canned vegetable production is almost unimaginable in scale amid the big manufacturers. One can assume they are buying up the bulk row crops, wet beans and corn silos from all sources. However, on the positive side they can crank out canned vegetables at an astonishing rate and the restaurant bulk business doesn’t need it.

Overall, the majority of products should be back on our store shelves very soon, if not already (depending on region). It’s the manufactured shelf-stable items that are now playing catch-up. Meat cases should have ample products as the distribution was running 24/7 for almost the past month; again, with the single exception of chicken as noted above.  Retail eggs may take longer as eggs are also needed as a raw material.

On the paper and chemical side there is still a big void. However, that void is almost certainly an issue with “cube space” prioritization from phase two and three. Cube space is literally the amount of space it takes to ship products.

Paper goods take up a lot of shipping space and with demands on food – paper good distribution is not as critical or urgent. That is likely why the lack of toilet tissue has remained for so long… Sheesh, who knew.

Big manufacturing soap and chemical users also have been challenged with the extreme demand for sanitary products. Hand soap, hand sanitizing, personal hygiene and also surface sanitizing products are beyond extreme demand. Here I would place a note of caution… Again, prioritization has to happen.

When given a choice between laundry/dish detergent and personal hygiene products we can expect the manufacturers will prioritize production of the latter first.

This *could* lead to a shortage in laundry and dish soaps. Just keep that in mind if you are seeing some of your favorite brands in those sectors missing.

In the interim, the total retail supply chain has done some exceptional work in handling this demand. With a little more patience I’m confident all will return to normal within the next few weeks.

The United States of America has the greatest food production system in the world.  From field to fork this massive network has operated almost invisibly to the majority of Americans.  The coronavirus issues have highlighted just how critical our supply chain is within the U.S.  As a result now we understand how important these comfortably invisible people are, and we have the opportunity to thank them.

….Great job Team USA from field to fork !!

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102 Responses to Phase Four – Supply Chain Prioritizes – Proteins Return, Manufactured Processed Grain Products Still Lag…

  1. Tiffthis says:

    Today I went to gelsons to buy my son a bday cake. They had all kinds of meat, pork, brisket, chicken, fish. I picked up some lobster tails and cube steak along with the cake 😇

    Liked by 17 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      The surprise to me last shopping trips was there seemed to be a run on laundry detergent. There was lots of meat but always missing one or two types of meat. Hotdogs were back on the shelf.

      I think limiting people in the stores at one time lowers the sense of panic. So once you get inside, it is a much more relaxed atmosphere.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Sentient says:

        Shopping takes longer since everyone’s trying to stay six feet apart – which isn’t always easy. There’s a lot of backing up and going to another aisle. Not a huge problem, as problems go.

        Liked by 4 people

  2. starfcker says:

    In an alternate and considerably more desirable universe, this article and report would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country, and be a subject featured every newscast. What a joke our media has become. The enemy of the people, I heard someone call them.

    Liked by 34 people

  3. bkrg2 says:

    I work for a major food producer of rice, pet food and confections. Talked to the CFO of our rice business today. Our orders and shipments of rice are almost triple last year. Rumor is pet food is almost doubled.
    Of course, this will return to normal, but hopefully some people who don’t normally buy our brands will keep buying it after the Blue Plague is over.

    Liked by 15 people

    • bkrg2 says:

      Forgot to mention that my wife was able to secure one of the last 18 packs of generic toilet paper at Target this morning. Let’s all take that as a good sign TP will be coming back on shelf soon!

      Liked by 13 people

    • Curt says:

      I’ve been calling it the “Red Plague,” as in Red China. Works for me…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Les D says:

        Hell yes. OJ did it, so did the chinks! Not Asians, chinks are a a nationality like USA, not a race, one of 48 nationalities in Asia. F— bomb China ’till I’m dead. right Doppler–he is a chink sympathizer, he’ll say this is inappropriate.


  4. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Thank you Sundance.
    Here’s the real joke, when you get to page 600 and continue to the end of the CARES ACT,
    This was nothing but a continuing Resolution. Read it and weep.

    Liked by 3 people

    • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

      Pay raises, library of congress, capital construction and maintenance, it goes on and on.
      Hook, line and sinker folks!

      Liked by 1 person

    • John-Y128 says:

      I just knew that Kennedy Center funds was a false flag to distract the public and someone would read all the buried BS in the bill, if congressional pay raises are true, we should start re-call voting, especially who inserted that piece.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Les D says:

        Trump should have said send me a “clean bill” or i ain’t gonna. He knew nancy and turtle would pore a trillion$ of crap in there. That’s the sausage in law making that citizens have never imagined, always beneath/hidden from the banner of “A great new law”. Look at any–Civil Rights Act, VA, any great new law has about 1/3 the amount added in sausage.


        • Juniper55 says:

          Agreed. Even without a line item veto he could have simply red-lined a copy, given it back and said “take this out and I’ll sign it.” Which amounts to the same thing.

          Liked by 1 person

        • John-Y128 says:

          We need a ‘claw-back’ on the $25M, the K.C. just laid off all their employees. PS, the Pork was all Nancy’s.


      • Issy says:

        Sorry, you can’t recall a member of congress. Just remember the next time you vote.


  5. Ploni says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I am filled with a new understanding and admiration for America’s truckers.

    Good job, men! As always, drive safe!

    Liked by 14 people

  6. Weylan McAnally says:

    My wife works for HEB in Texas. They were told that despite the shelves being bare of canned HEB foods, HEB is keeping up with demand. However, the label makers cannot keep up!! They are probably going to to uae generic black & white labels like ‘corn’ or ‘green beans’ for HEB branded products.
    This makes sense to me. I worked at a company that made bags for Frito-Lay. We were always running at capacity with two shifts, sometimes three. One summer the plant was only closed for July 4th.
    Inceasing capacity is next to impossible to do quickly. The printing machines are multi-million dollar monsters that arrive months after purchase and require extensive training to operate correctly.

    I also worked at a plant making Pizza Hut boxes. We operated 24/7 at full capacity. Increasing output was not possible without expensive new machinery.

    Liked by 14 people

    • GrandpaM says:

      Weylan, tell your wife “Thank you” from all of us HEB buyers. The HEB employees have been working their tail ends off for the last couple of weeks.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Weylan McAnally says:

        I will pass your sentiments along.

        You are correct. As a pharmacist, she is definitely on the front lines. Both her pharmacy and her store were incredibly busy BEFORE this insanity.

        Liked by 4 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      It’s so interesting to hear reports from people who worked at these factories that make things we just take for granted and don’t really pay attention to.

      Thanks for that report about packaging, Weylan.

      i’ve literally never thought about it before…….guess I thought boxes and bags just magically appeared? LOL.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Weylan McAnally says:

        I am happy to relay my experiences. I worked at both places while in college. Although I was stuck in unairconditioned areas, it was educational and occasionally interesting. It was hard work and hot as hell in Texas. The giant 6 color printing presses were quite impressive.

        In both plants, it was 24/7. At the potato chip wrapper plant, we worked 7 days a week. I got tons of overtime and appreciated every dollar. It was full capacity every day.

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        • sunnydaze says:

          It was the printing presses that especially caught my attention in your report. Have worked w/ them in “tiny capacity” (artwork) and pretty fascinating to think about them on a factory floor printing out Frito-Lay bags on that shiny/slick surface. hehe.

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    • Let me add my thanks to your wife and HEB. My store has been great.

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    • Weylan, Thank you so much for that info. Hopefully it will give people a little more patience if they know there is more food coming once the cans can get labels.

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  7. Cheryl says:

    Minnesota: Anybody notice more trains are running now than before? We heard trains running more often than usual last night and then this morning they were running about every half hour.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Aeronaught says:

    It’s noticeable here in Pittsburgh that stores are looking a lot better. What’s missing is pretty much exactly what you have highlighted. I haven’t needed to buy any toilet paper since this all started but the local grocery had a ton available this week and it was staying on the shelf, I’m guessing sales of that item will be light the next few months…

    Liked by 8 people

  9. MaineCoon says:

    These articles on the food supply chain have been facinating to me. I knew nothing about how this work. Quite an education! Thanks Sundance.

    Liked by 22 people

    • Tall Texan says:

      Agreed MaineCoon. I too have learned a lot. Thank you to Sundance for the agrocation….

      Liked by 4 people

      • TarsTarkas says:

        Same here how it mirrored the situation in southeastern Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware. Some of our feedback on this site from earlier threads may have helped confirm the analysis.

        Liked by 1 person

    • GB Bari says:

      Ditto for me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Big education for me too. My brother-in-law is a farmer in NC, about 5,000 acres of soybeans (called peas), corn, and some other assorted smaller crops plus winter wheat. From his end of the food chain his crops are sold in January or February before anything is even in the ground. So any price increase is not on the farmer’s end. That belongs to the middle men. Also my thanks to Sundance and treepers for the education on some much beyond politics. Y’all literately make my day! Thank you everyone!


  10. luke says:

    And while this is a good thing it should be expected. The companies that produced these goods were hit pretty hard with demand. Eventually the demand seceded but only for now. I pray it stays as the wake of the stimulus eases fears. The goal is and needs to be to calm fears (rational or irrational). Only then can we get this economy moving the right direction. If we don’t get the virus under a degree of control these panic attacks will only get larger. Learning the number of asymptomatic people would go a long way. However I am not sure if that is possible at this time.

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  11. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Today was my first major shop in two weeks. Here is a summary of what I discovered at my local, huge Real Canadian super store.

    Beef- almost completely out: Lots of chicken, pork
    Eggs- Not a white egg in the place, picked up the last two doz free range
    Fruits-Veg- Lots of everything
    Dairy- No Cheese to be found, but it is Canadian cheese anyway so no loss: No sour cream
    Bread- Plenty of Bread
    Fish- not so much
    Canned goods- Seemed to be well stocked
    Limited purchase- Pasta and pasta sauce all dairy, eggs etc had limitations purchase per customer of two items.
    Cleaning products-yeh good luck with that!

    – Long line to get into the store, half hour wait. Then a pleasent shopping experience because they are controlling the number they let in.
    -6 feet social distancing strictly enforced
    – My overall sense is that the supply line is under considerable strain.

    Liked by 7 people

    • riverelf says:

      Aw c’mon I love a good sharp Ontario cheddar!

      Before the border tightened there were quite a few Canadians shopping here in Central NY, at Walmart, Tops, Wegmans and the Dollar General. I was a little surprised because the New York Chinese Virus numbers were already busting out a bit.

      Hope your shelves are stocked up fully again soon.


    • TonyE says:

      When I went shopping last week there was no line to get anywhere ( didn’t try Costco ) and the traffic, in the stores and the roads, was light.

      Got our monthly supply of fresh croissants at our local pastry shop. No problem.


  12. Sgt Troy says:

    We will collapse the chicom economy.
    Economic embargo.
    Maritime blockade.
    No fly zone.
    The communist party of china must disarm their NBC assets.
    Then ccp must disband to Liberate the Chinese people.
    Can’t trust em.
    Ccp got to go!
    Trump Smash!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. President Trump either has GREAT make-up or he isn’t aging. Sometimes I wonder if solving problems for him is like video games for a teenager.

    Liked by 11 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      People like Trump thrive on being challenged. It is what keeps life interesting. I don’t think he was ever expecting this much challenge. It just displays to the world what a remarkable man he is.

      Liked by 15 people

      • kittylenoir says:

        True. Watching Sky News Australia yesterday on Utube, it amazed me the praise the Aussie’s give our President. The world is watching how he does and will follow his lead. Wish our media was the same, or at least fair.

        Liked by 1 person

  14. bluenova1971 says:

    I deal with Walmart stores in 3 SoEastern states my work. The 11 stores I worked this week were fairly well stocked, except for paper goods (for the reasons you mention). Canned goods were minimal, but I could put together a meal to be microwaved at the hotel. The hotel chain I always use offers a free breakfast, but as of Tuesday, they stopped that – but offered a breakfast bag with fruit, pastries and water.

    While I’m not on the supply side (I remove hazwaste from stores), I did have a couple of kind souls come up to my truck and say “Thanks for what you do”…which tells me people are recognizing the importance the supply chain.

    Liked by 15 people

    • riverelf says:

      So nice to see a resurgence in respect for vital trucking and transport, like back in the ’70s only with less bad movies.

      Thanks for your all-important contribution on the disposal side of the chain!

      Liked by 3 people

  15. solomonpal says:

    Conservatives feed liberals and keep them alive…but they don’t recognize or understand this.

    Liked by 8 people

  16. 4EDouglas says:

    .Here in Oregon, Commisar Kate has a long decree about staying in. Unless it is necessary.
    Vaguely defined we are warned that if you aren’t supposed to be out with no excuse you could get fined.
    Talked to a local sheriff’s deputy I know and she said:J”ust get a paper from the home your wife is in, saying you have t run errands an supplies for her-you should be fine. we’re not actively going to bust someone for driving while senior… ”
    Kate is not popular here we are a 2Asanctuary city..

    Liked by 8 people

    • Mist'ears Mom says:

      Yes, my other nephew…is a SDPD. He said they cannot arrest anyone or cite them for not obeying lunatic Gov Nusance orders.
      He said they can only ask people to leave if they are congregating or heaven forbid-caught within 6 ft of someone else.
      Good lord-our LEO have much more important work to do than making sure people are self isolating and staying 6 ft apart.


  17. TonyE says:

    I gotta do a run to Costco tomorrow. Mostly I need to get out of the house. We’re going bananas.

    Got to pick up some meds, “every day” wine, veggies and dish detergent (*) and perhaps some champagne, french rolls and pastrami. Mostly topping off on being civilized.

    I had made a point of having plenty of meds anyhow.

    Still got well over 150 rolls… Six weeks ago I ordered one of those bit 96 roll boxes from Costco Business, before they shut down the residential delivery. I guess I won’t need to avail ourselves of the fenced yard, shovel and hose. I was thinking of perhaps going to the HD, buying a cheap patio chair, putting a hole in it and planting it on top of a sprinker head. 😉

    I did a quick run last week for veggies and the stores were filled with about everything.

    I got a feeling that when this is over, sales at the grocery stores are going to be low for a month as people go through their stash. But, if The Big One hits, we’ll be fine for three months or more.

    I think we’ll buy a nice Honda 4000eu generator in April.

    (*) I had ordered those four weeks ago. Costco delivered them but then, at the last minute, UPS pulled them off their delivery truck and couldn’t tell me when they’d deliver them. So, I got a refund. Bastards -you can’t trust UPS anymore. I got plenty to last me but I always stock two in the pantry in case the Big One hits.

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    • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

      I got a feeling that when this is over, sales at the grocery stores are going to be low for a month as people go through their stash.

      I wonder what the percentage is of people who prepped well. I did not, I still have t.p. left but it will run out in probably 6 weeks if I can’t find more. I plan to stock up well when I can. So consider me like the 3rd wave of people who will be overbuying, the 1st wave were those who stocked up well in advance, the 2nd wave were the big rush a few weeks ago, I’ll come after that. I always had an extra 6-pack on hand, sometimes two, I’m going to beef that up now by 2-3x.


  18. Stephen F. Paul says:

    Stop&Shop in the Boston area starting to look normal with almost all the meat back in the cases but you can still see the damage from the panic buying. I have to laugh at some people walking around like they are in a Steven King movie. Like this virus is air born and by walking close to it that your gonna get it. If you wash your hands and remember to keep them away from your face you will be fine. The Steven King garb serves only one purpose it scares everyone else. I have both mask and surgical work gloves and have not felt the need for them and i am in a high risk group ,mid 60’s with lung problems (COPD) ! The media is doing a bang up job of scaring people to death.
    A lot more people are out and about than before. I only hope the vast majority aren’t brain dead and follow what the media says. Anyone who takes advise from the main stream media is a fool. I hope the number who are drops off significantly as they are exposed for who and what they really are (the enemy of the people)

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    • steph_gray says:

      Thanks for the info on Stop&Shop – I’ve skipped food shopping since Monday – instead I made a careful menu plan to use up every bit of stuff on hand that might have gone bad if I didn’t. I’ve been enjoying all sorts of interesting meals as a result & the frig is clearing out for a new round.

      Who knew you could warm up a whole wheat wrap, fill it with avocado, heated fresh supermarket beef&bean chili, slices of sandwich-style roast beef, avocado, cilantro, and end up with an excellent quick burrito…

      Tomorrow may visit S&S but more likely Market Basket (since they are a local company and very good at what they do) or Hannaford. I am running a tad low on eggs and milk so that will be the next quest. On Monday eggs were out everywhere. I actually prefer the brown ones so maybe I will luck out. My preferences for all the non-mainstream stuff – the whole grains, the sugarfree desserts, the skim milk – have really been paying off.

      I love these food distribution threads sundance has started – keep ’em coming!

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  19. James Bryan says:

    I went to the local Safeway today, no signs of panic! I was there Saturday and it was ridiculous.

    The hoarders have exhausted themselves or the supply chain has caught up!

    I was only shopping for ice cream and beer, there was plenty of both!

    God bless America and it’s workers!

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  20. TradeBait says:

    A lot will be learned from this hoax. Our supply chains will be better and will become more America First. China will end up learning the most, however. Like never, ever mess with the Eagle.

    Liked by 8 people

  21. TreeClimber says:

    Well, my family can switch from rice and lentil to potatoes and Bush’s Beans awhile… it’s about time for a dietary changeup anyway. =)

    I noticed you didn’t mention dairy products, but I’m assuming milk and some milk derivatives will continue to be in short supply awhile…

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  22. millwright says:

    IMNSHO one of the root causes of the past supply side crisis was the prevailing concept of JIT ( just in time ) that’s prevailed across industry/manufacturingand transportation for over 40 years . With this SOP there’s little or no slack or excess in the supply side to absorb unanticipated user demand rise. Given the uncritical public’s response to Redit, Twitter. etc and media and politicians’ averice encouraging public panic for profit small wonder there existed a short-term TP shortage. Even late-night comic Johnny Carson managed to create one with a joke decades ago . OTOH the shortage of critcal care fungibles can be laid directly at the feet of past public and elected officials unwilling to spend on the ” Three B’s ” ( in navy parlance beans, bullets and black oil ); IOW, essentials to combating any threat . Hence NY Staters have a failed solar cell plant but few medical ventilators, the nation’s stockpile of N95 face masks, depleted by the H1N1 flu ( far more deadly than the current Chinese virus ) wasn’t restored by the administration in charge . Now we have the same panderers of past failures demanding they be put in charge of the current event . Perhaps its time the American voting public ‘ sanitized ‘ our government .

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  23. Johnny Dollar says:

    OK, but, I’m low on rice. When is rice going to show up!!?


  24. InAz says:

    My daughter bartered today… of her co-workers needed eggs and yeast……we needed toilet paper….so a deal was made. (But we would have given the co-worker what she needed regardless)

    Liked by 9 people

  25. Tl Howard says:

    I need to forage for toilet paper tomorrow. My third attempt in a week, the first two unsuccessful. Ordered some from Amazon but likely not to arrive for at least 3 weeks.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Snow White says:

      Depends where you live. For the first time in 3 weeks one of the grocery stores I shop at, Lidl, had toilet paper and paper towels and no run on them. Limited to 2 packs per person but available.

      Liked by 2 people

  26. auntiefran413 says:

    To the truckers of this great nation — thank you and God bless you along every mile.

    Liked by 11 people

  27. CM-TX says:

    This makes a good point…

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  28. cherokeepeople says:

    i was in my local fareway and holy crap they had tp and about 1/3 the shelves at that,this was at 11 this morning also there was half a shelf of flour so i would say we are on the way to normal.

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  29. Ken Maritch says:

    Remember, it has NEVER been a supply problem.

    Liked by 3 people

  30. TonyE says:

    UPS sucks.

    Three weeks ago I ordered two bottles of dish washing detergent from Costco. They shipped it and UPS loaded it on their truck for delivery. Five hours later it showed they took it out and there was no more tracking.

    This last Monday I called UPS and they told me it was going to be delivered by COB on Monday.

    Nope, not here on Monday or Tuesday so I called Costco, told them UPS had lost it and would not deliver it. Costco issued a refund and I got it this morning

    Now get this.. when I check the UPS tracking now the morons are covering their ass:
    Return to Sender 03/26/2020 7:19 P.M. xxxxxx, CA, United States
    A hazardous materials irregularity occurred with this package. We’ll contact the sender with additional information. / The package will be returned to the sender.

    03/19/2020 9:37 A.M. xxxxxx, CA, United States Destination Scan

    Out for Delivery 03/19/2020 4:19 A.M. xxxxxx, CA, United States
    Loaded on Delivery Vehicle

    Note that when Costco told them to return it, NOW UPS says it’s a hazardous material.

    Honestly when this shit is over, I’m going to use Amazon more and more. I will go to Costco tomorrow and I’ll show them this. Likely I will email the HQ as well.

    UPS is populated by a bunch of idiots who sometimes have no clue. Remember, dishwashing soap is “hazardous material” now for these clowns. In a Costco box.

    This nation is going to hell in a hand basket.

    Most likely, they didn’t want to deliver a 15 lb box when they could deliver 15 one lb box.

    I gave up on Fedex a while back. Now it will have to be UPS. I’m moving to Montana soon.


    • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

      Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos, just keep that in mind. Try WalMart. I’ve had a lot of success ordering things from them and they arrive very quickly.

      Liked by 4 people

      • TonyE says:

        Sorry, I don’t do Walmart.

        A lot of third parties use Amazon too. Whatever his politics, I have to admire the way Bezos has built Amazon. UPS better shape up because Costco is very good but its Achilles heel is shipping with UPS.


    • TreeClimber says:

      We recently had to send a part to California for repair. Shipped via UPS there and back. You’re right, tracking was terrible. I think it was marked as “Arrived” three days after it had done so. Pathetic.


  31. evergreen says:

    ALABAMA 40-hr Week has always been a true, true song.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. James Street says:

    Over the last few years a wildly celebrated accomplishment of the loony left in Washington state has been forcing grocery stores to stop providing free plastic grocery bags and requiring shoppers to bring in their own reusable cloth bags.

    Reusable cloth bags that were just sitting on their car floor where they tracked dog poop in on their shoes.

    Now a Washington state Republican Senator Doug Ericksen is calling on Governor Inslee to overturn a soon-to-be-implemented statewide plastic bag ban over concerns reusable bags could transmit coronavirus.

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  33. JJ says:

    ThanQ American workers, that Make America Great Again!!! We are so greatful that President Trump has not wavered with you.
    The DemoRats/RinoRats are trying to destroy America. God Wins

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  34. stella says:

    King Arthur flour had bread and AP flour in stock again yesterday. Still waiting for baking powder and SAF yeast.

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  35. sundance says:

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  36. manoagrl says:

    Thank you Sundance for your terrific explanation! Living here at the end of the US, the Big Island of Hawaii things are getting a bit sporadic. As you said, chicken is in less supply. ( We have them running around everywhere, but that’s a last resort. They’re almost like pets..) I am trying to buy local beef. We live in ranch country and I want to support our locals. Pricier, but very tasty. Farmers Market was open and the produce is wonderful. Many more people in line than usual. Just us Kamuela folks trying to keep us all going!

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  37. rah says:

    Wife went to Meijers while I was on the road. Talked to a guy stocking the shelves. He said he was nearing the end of his third shift in a row. My wife thanked him. Point being it takes every cog and gear in the machine to try and keep it going.

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  38. Jeffrey Coley says:

    In the small town here in the North Carolina Piedmont where I do my shopping there are two grocery stores: A Food Lion, and an Ingles (pronounced “Ingalls” not like the Spanish word for English as I first assumed when I moved here from Texas. A regional grocer based in Tennessee.) Food Lion has better prices so I normally shop there.

    Food Lion is nearly always stripped bare if you go there in the evening. I found no milk, no butter, and very little meat at 5pm. This is due to the Food Lion distribution model, which is daily resupply allowing their stores to stock less quantity and a wider variety: It’s a case study in APICS supply chain training. Disappointed, I went to Ingles and was pleasantly surprised. Plentiful milk and eggs, and just about everything else except for meat (the meat department was closed for the day, and the coolers were nearly picked clean.) The only other notable shortage at Ingles was the paper aisle.

    So I went home happy with Laura Lynn branded eggs and milk.

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  39. Rural Manitoba, the nearest small town has a Safeway where I shopped during senior hour. It was a bit shocking as about 1/3 of the shelves were empty. Toilet paper? Forget it. However they still had plenty of other paper products. Dairy case was full except for cheese. The only cheese available was the high end organic/fancy deli stye stuff. There were eggs, beef, chicken, fish in abundance. Lots and lots of fresh fruit and veggies all from South America but not a lot of variety. One type of oranges, one type of cucumber. Almost nothing from the USA but then it is the wrong time of year anyway. Locally produced mushrooms in great abundance. Lots of dried and canned goods some even on a good sale. Powered milk, large bags of rice, brown rice, all gone. Tomatoes an absolutely ridiculous 5.99/lb so I skipped those. We should start getting the local commercial greenhouse tomatoes out of Alberta as soon as it warms up a bit more. There was a truck unloading in back and staff putting out pallets of stuff, mostly things like potato chips and breakfast cereal and official looking types walking around making notes about what was on the shelf. Staff looked harried and worn out.

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  40. Re cleaning products. I have a lot of allergies to scent and because of this I started making my own cleaning products. It’s ridiculously easy to make a really great laundry detergent with some grated castle soap and washing soda. It also costs about 49 cents to make a bottle compared to over $10 for the same size of stuff like Tide. I have discovered that the single biggest expense in non perishables was cleaning products and they don’t work any better than plain old fashioned vinegar in water with a little cheap dishwashing liquid. I recommend exploring some home made cleaning products. Once you get into it, you’ll soon stop paying a whole lot of money for stuff that isn’t any better than what you can make for pennies.

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  41. Sparty says:

    Maybe it’s where I live with 2 full size privately owned supermarkets with decade forged MI prioritized supply chains 2 Krogers 1 Trader Joe’s – all within 3 miles of my house. Food aplenty. Any food item you want they have it. Produce especially. Americans are unstoppable.

    Oh yeah…time to hand China the grocery bill. Hopeful that happens when smoke clears.

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  42. littleflower481 says:

    If you want to find chicken, or anything else other than hand sanitizer, go to Trader Joe’s. This has been the best stocked store here from the start. I have been told by employees that is because TJ’s eliminates the middle man. And their prices are good. I buy my soy milk there (lactose intolerant) and I know it is the same product that sells under the Westsoy brand name, but it sells at TJ’s for HALF the price and sells under their name. So, if you live near one and need chicken, check it out. (chicken still scarce here, but beef is pretty good…everything but paper goods and that darn hand sanitizer and any other disinfectant..other than I found a gallon of bleach yesterday at the local Ingles).

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  43. Lawson56 says:

    This may be the only plague in history where people gained weight. Amazing.

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  44. HellInAHandbasket says:

    But my question is . . .

    Who masterfully convinced the world to hoard toilet paper?

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  45. JG3 says:

    Trying this…


  46. JG3 says:

    Wrong one! Not sure what is going on…sorry!


  47. Shadrach says:

    Thanks, Sundance. My family did stocking up early. We haven’t been to the grocery store in weeks, but milk and eggs will need resupplying soon. I’ve been hearing stories about what’s missing and what’s not, but this makes it all make sense! Thank you, it’s best to be prepared in advance for what to expect…so helpful.


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