Wall Street Journal: Ambler Co-op Finds Simple Solution for Supply Shortages

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Image via Weavers Way Co-op.

Product shortages are forcing many supermarkets to become creative when it comes to covering gaps on the shelves, like Weavers Way Co-op, writes Katie Deighton for The Wall Street Journal.

Some are stacking the shelves with products that usually have a small space on one shelf, others are using cardboard “dummies,” while some are using the “facing up” method that brings the few items on the shelf to the forefront, or moving grocery items and other products to different areas within the store.

However, these techniques do not solve all the problems, according to Jon Roesser, general manager of Weavers Way Co-op, which currently has locations in Ambler, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill.

“It gets to the point where it looks silly, say if you’re walking down the aisle and you see seven or eight facings of the same product,” he said.

Weavers Way is not troubled by the gaps.

The store places signs on shelves to indicate that the product is currently out of stock and directs customers to ask the staff about substitutions.

The store also ensures to brief employees at the start of each shift on which items may be in or out.

Read more about Weavers Way in The Wall Street Journal.

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