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Supply problems: supermarkets claim they have 50% of 'Fair Prices' products


They claim that their suppliers do not deliver what they ask for. According to this sector, companies prefer to sell in supermarkets that are outside the program.



in visits by the Truckers union to supermarkets and suppliers seems to have been prolonged.

The union members under the leadership of Pablo Moyano

were not yesterday

in distribution centers or plants of the largest manufacturers of mass consumption products.

But concerns about supply problems persist.

The Government alert is because the products of "Fair Prices"

are not available


According to the chains, half of the articles are available with these fixed amounts.

Instead, providers

speak of an availability of between 70% and 75%.

While the picketers say they will go to the coast to control, and the Buenos Aires government has made a

telephone line available to detect the presence of truckers

in supermarkets, the companies begin to believe that the move is

more about "pressure" than effective compliance. .


can't supervise anything


Those authorized are the inspectors of the Secretary of Commerce.

If the union accompanies him, it is another matter, more political.

But the union itself cannot take any data, it is illegal”, maintain two executives from the private sector.

In the visits of Truckers to the logistics centers of the supermarkets, there were official inspectors.

Something is failing in the supply chain from suppliers to supermarkets, according to the gondola executives and the Executive Branch.

Supermarkets send orders for the products they estimate they will sell to their suppliers.

These fulfill them partially or totally.

“If I ask a company for 100 packages of a product, and they give me 50, Truckers only find out the last part,

that is, the 50 that I received.

He does not know that I asked him for 100

, because that data is part of the supermarket-supplier relationship ”, they graph in a chain.

They prefer that these links - which include payment terms, volumes, long-term relationships, joint promotions - remain private, without intervention from the unions or the State.

“In addition, that company may deliver 50 packages in one shipment today, and a while later there will be another 20 packages in another batch.

I don't see how Truckers can go on doing that monitoring.

They will know how many packages/packages came in, but not how many were ordered", they highlight in another firm with many gondolas.

According to the supermarkets, the suppliers divert merchandise (which they ask for and do not give them) to self-service stores.

There they can

sell more expensive, and without controls


“There are items that run out quickly in the branches, but you cross the


' that is opposite and you get it, although at a more expensive price.

It is because the amount in that channel is between 30% and 50% higher, ”the chains point out.


was able to verify this with a dozen examples in different Buenos Aires neighborhoods.

With respect to shortages, supermarkets say that they cover half of the stock at "fair" prices.

That ranges from dairy to cleaning items, including drinks, pasta, oil, or any kind of groceries.

“A supplier has a product with three presentations, a small container, another medium and a third large.

It is very rare that all three are in the same branch.

Somewhere you're going to get the small, somewhere else the medium, and yet another the large.

It is almost impossible for all three varieties to be under the same roof”, they observe.

This explanation applies to both sizes and varieties (products with different flavors, fragrances, details), according to suppliers and supermarkets.

Suppliers say they are

filling as much stock as possible.

The lack of imported inputs complicates them.

There are some companies that sell to supermarkets that have agreed to enter into "Fair Prices" in exchange for freeing dollars for imports.

That would not have happened, some whisper

Source: clarin

All business articles on 2023-01-18

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