In an emergency how much can you depend on the grocery stores? For all of who worked as a stock boy in a grocery store the world has changed. Twenty or even ten years ago, we stored tons of merchandise in the back room and restocked throughout the day. Today the back room is empty. This is the result of the just in time inventory system.
When everything is perfect the just in time system is great, it saves time and money. But let one glitch develop and it will soon collapse. The just in time system in predicated upon the idea that you keep track of a minimum amount of stock on a computerized inventory system and replace it as needed. The computer takes information from the registers each day based on how many of an item is sold and orders just enough so as not to run out. The goal is that as a customer is buying the last item off the shelf, a stocker is coming in with a new item to replace it.
Now most of the time the just in time system this works well. But what happens when the weatherman predicts a heavy snowstorm. Everyone runs to the store. Suppose you need a gas can, so you can run your generator. The store probably only stocks 6 – 12 cans. These will disappear rapidly and then they have to wait for the trucks to bring a new shipment. Then the problem multiplies, because the distribution center and maybe even the factory are dependent of the just in time system. If it is a wide spread emergency, it may take some time to get those gas cans back in stock.
So when you go into the grocery store look around and realize that is all the supplies that are available. Now consider that on a normal week a supermarket will get between 12000 to 15000 customers. Think about how long these supplies would last if there was a rush on the stores. You will soon see that the only supplies you can count on are already in your home.
Pass this information along and hope it will encourage your family and friends to store food.