Clorox wipes shortage could last until 2021, company says

CEO-elect Linda Rendle confirmed in a company earnings call the company will not be able to re-stock the popular cleaning product until next year.
2:30 | 08/05/20

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Transcript for Clorox wipes shortage could last until 2021, company says
Back now at a look at why we're seeing such a severe shortage of Clorox wipes. The company says the stores may not be fully stocked until next year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Let's bring in Rebecca Jarvis. Reporter: I had to laugh at myself this morning at all of the DIY solutions we've come up with this sitting around our own home and it sounds like we will all be having to use them much longer. This morning a warning for anyone waiting on Clorox wives. It's going to be a while before they're back on store shelves. The Clorox president confirming in a company earnings call they will not be able to restock the sought-after cleaning product until next year. It will take a full year to get up to the supply levels that we need to be at. Reporter: Clorox boasts nearly half the $1 billion disinfectant wipe market. Demand for its wipes and sprays skyrocketed nearly sixfold when pandemic-driven panic took root in March. Customers wiping shelves clean of the disposable wipes. They were supposed to be back in stock this summer, but not so. The once ubiquitous wipes, once a staple of offices and millions of households nationwide, but as stores ran out, priority was given to hospitals and caregivers. In New Jersey, salon owner Stacy Wright has been using a home made solution in order to compensate for the solution. I've been using a diluted mix of an antibacterial. The shelves seem to be as bare as they were in the end of March and -- April. But Clorox isn't the only company that can't keep up. Lysol has also gone awol on shelves. Reckitt is saying this demand has had impact on our retailers' inventory levels. Ppe such as masks and medical the material now in short supply. Reporter: And one way you might be able to get your hands on these products is by filling out an in-stock alert at a company like walmart.com or Amazon. They have this for people who are customers. The other thing is to talk to the grocer and the drugstore in your neighborhood. Guys, I've had a lot of luck with this letting our neighborhood drugstore know I really want to get my hands on some Clorox wipes. Guys? Rebecca is very focused. On a mission!

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