Hot as summer yesterday. Probably hot again today. Humid too. The sun was searing my brain. REALLY hoped Fall was here. Oh well, guess we’ll wait a bit longer.
Did pickups in the afternoon, and some family stuff in the evening. Hit the Costco for a few things in between. It was eerie. 530pm and the place was a ghost town. Hamburger was more than HEB, as was chicken. I bought chicken anyway because I like the packaging. Bought some steaks too, as they were reasonable, looked good, and I hadn’t seen any ribeye in a while. They had the shelf stable bread back in stock. Coffee prices were low, or on sale, which is odd considering some of the things going on in the world. Maybe coffee isn’t a ‘core’ expenditure and its price will fall as people cut back. Most people I know would describe it as ‘core’ but maybe they move down scale to cheaper brands.
There were only 3 pallets of rice. There used to be 6. Pancake mix is up from $6 to $6.89. But canadian maple syrup is cheaper than last year. That has to be an exchange rate thing. The store removed another set of cold cases. This was a smaller open front, for organic drinks and salads, near the meat section. Guess they are still remodeling and cutting back. Something else caught my eye and I just figured out why. They moved the bottled and sparkling water from next to the frozen fish, to an interior aisle. They put beer in the aisle where the water used to be. What caught my eye was the space. The beer was all under the warehouse rack, and so was the water. In the old days, the water was stocked on 6 foot high pallets in front of the pallet racking. There is a whole lot less water on display, maybe half as much.
All this adds up to reduced SKUs, reduced inventory, and a much more open store.
Supply issues are just getting started friends.
Buy it while you can, and stack it high.