But now Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci has has revealed that toilet paper sales are finally waining after weeks of panic buying. Just a week ago, Woolies customers had snapped up a staggering 20.5 million toilet papers in a week - but now that amount has reduced by around 25%.
Addressing Woolworths customers, Mr Banducci said: ‘We’re working very hard to keep up with demand for all the products that remain challenging, and we’re also starting to see some pleasing improvements.
‘Demand for toilet paper finally appears to be tapering, with this week’s sales expected to be around 15-16 million rolls. That’s still 45% up on last year, but with supply up 70% on last year, there is increasingly more on-shelf. But like every week so far, I’d still ask you to only buy what you need.’
The Woolies boss also said they’ve been working hard to make more cleaning stock available. Last week, Mr Banducci admitted that demand has peaked in recent weeks since Aussies were told to home isolate - a sure sign that many have been using the time at home to spring clean.
‘We’re also working hard to secure large volumes of hand sanitiser,’ he said. ‘Just this week we brought in 700,000 units, which is what we’d normally sell in 40 weeks. More will arrive in the coming weeks, but we’re still seeing limited stock in stores. We’ve also doubled our supply of cleaning and disinfectants, and you should see availability start to improve in the next few weeks.’