Grocery stores begin stockpiling ahead of possible 2nd COVID-19 wave

In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal, grocery stores are preparing their pandemic stockpiles so they don't get caught short again if there's another wave of coronavirus cases.
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We turn to our "Gma" cover story. Pandemic stockpiling. Grocery stores are preparing so that they don't get caught short again if there's another wave of the coronavirus. It's a story we first saw "The Wall Street journal." Becky Worley joins us with more on this. Good morning, Becky. Reporter: Good morning to you from the studio, robin. You heard the saying fool me once shame on you, grocery stores are claiming not to be caught off guard if another covid wave sends consumers scrambling for supplies again. This is what preparing for a second wave of covid-19 looks We put together these pallets that were going to hold all of those items that we were using currently, but saving them in case this were to happen again so that we would be better prepared and not caught the way we were in February and March scrambling. Reporter: These pandemic pallets are a hedge on the possibility of a went return to lockdown orders. It's also a business shift from the just in time inventory management systems that grocery chains have honed over the past decades. It was changing so fast that it was hard to keep up with and we were meeting every single day to discuss how we needed to adapt to it. Reporter: Now many chains are stockpiling. Mid western grocery supply Spartan says this spring was a wake-up call. We learned a great deal in that regard about certain products we have to keep in higher stock, as well as the overall flow of goods. Reporter: When it comes to traditional holiday patterns for grocery buying, one outcome of the covid economy, the current meat surplus, is helping retailers. We're working to ensure we provide the highest quality items, along with a center store of products for our customers. For the holidays we're focusing on traditional items. Reporter: Good advice for those of us trying to predict an unpredictable future. I take these preparations from grocery stores as good practices for our families. There's no need to rush out, stockpile goods. Storing a little extra in our pantries over the next few months is probably smart. I think you're right there. We've been talking about the items that aren't just available like they once were. It's not surprising. Desks for your homes are hard to find. Reporter: I know, right. I'm digging into this desk we've seen a lack of furniture coupled with a mass shift to working from home. It has folks getting crazy with their work spaces. Computers on ironing boards and dog crates. We're asking viewers to send a picture in. We want to see how you're managing without a desk. You can tweet us or dm us on Instagram. Use #gmadeskhacks. Amy?

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