Are online prices skyrocketing in Italy amid coronavirus fears?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 12, 2020 02:37 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 12, 2020 02:37 PM

Hmmm… not really, no, there’s a bazillion supermarkets, malls, arcades and small shops here in Lombardy. A few have had their shelves emptied by less than informed customers this past couple of days, but the distribution network is highly developed. Yesterday my wife was disappointed in not finding bananas at the Carrefour close to home, she mentioned it to the cashier, and was told they’ll be back in stock at 6 AM (supermarkets are often open 24/7, but they have been restricted to 6:00 AM – 6 PM for the duration).

Some online joints which ship fresh food direct to the customer, like Amazon Prime Now (which you might know) and Cortilia (which is homegrown) have had a spike in orders. Prime Now normally ships to my home in two hours tops, as I’m writing this at 9AM the app says they cannot guarantee I’ll get my merchandise before 2 PM.

Situation is dire, my blueberries will take up to five hours to be delivered (but the price’s normal)

Couriers are instructed not to physically touch the customer. They ring your bell, wait that you come close to the door, drop the bags on the floor, take some steps back and wait for you to pick them up, wave and go away. Same thing for restaurant deliveries (Uber Eats and so on and so forth).

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