Confusion among women over where to get menstrual products is raising consumer concerns, according to reports from retail outlets. Staffing issues in companies and transportation delays are cited as contributing contributors to the scarcity. According to GMA’s Katie Kindelan,
Retail chains around the country are reporting a lack of tampon products because customers have gone to social media to complain about their difficulty in finding supplies. Women who menstruate are disproportionately affected by the newest supply deficit in the United States.
People have resorted to social media to complain about a lack of tampon products in major retail chains around the country, which has led to a shortage. If you’re looking for the right kind of tampon, you may have to visit three different stores before you discover one you like, a woman on Twitter wrote.
Concerns from Customers.
Women are having difficulty finding tampons and period pads, as stores report a shortage. Staffing issues at plants and shipping delays have been blamed for the scarcity. GMA’s Katie Kindelan contributed to this report. People have resorted to social media to express their frustration at not being able to obtain tampons in their local stores, and now major retail chains throughout the country are reporting a scarcity.
Women who menstruate are disproportionately affected by the newest supply deficit in the United States. People have resorted to social media to complain about a lack of tampon products in major retail chains around the country, which has led to a shortage. To find the tampons she prefers, one woman had to visit three separate stores, tweeting: “I had to test a new tampon brand because I couldn’t find my old one.”
The Growing Cost of Raw Materials.
Factories are having trouble filling orders because of a lack of workers, transportation issues, and the growing cost of raw materials like plastics. When it comes to “some temporary brand-specific shortages in particular areas,” Walgreen informed ABC News that it is “experiencing.”
“Tampon availability is a priority for Walgreens, and we work closely with our suppliers to make sure we have enough on hand. However, we are facing temporary brand shortages in certain regions, like other merchants “explained the business. “It is possible that we will only have a limited number of products on the shelves and online as we work through the supply issue. In addition, our website provides the most recent store-level inventory information for customers looking for a certain product or brand.”
CVS Also Confirmed a Scarcity.
In a statement to ABC News, CVS also confirmed a scarcity. A spokesman for the company said, “We’re working with our suppliers to make sure we have enough supply of feminine care items.” “Recently, there have been occasions where suppliers have been unable to meet the volume of orders placed. It is our goal to have such products back in stock as fast as possible if a local store is momentarily out of them.”
The coronavirus epidemic has produced “severe personnel shortages” at Edgewell Personal Care, which makes Playtex and o.b. tampons. To put it another way: “As a company, we take our responsibility to produce feminine care products very seriously,” Edgewell stated in a statement to ABC News. This production facility, where Playtex and o.b. tampons, Carefree and Stayfree liners, and pads, are made, has been running continuously throughout the pandemic to accommodate demand.
Omicron Surges in The U.S.
It went on to say, “Due to two Omicron surges in the U.S. and Canada in late 2021 and early 2022, the production and inventory of these products were severely affected. We’ve been working around the clock to restock our warehouses, and we expect to recover to normal levels within the next few weeks.” The company that makes Tampax, Procter & Gamble, told ABC News that it is “making tampons 24/7” to satisfy the demand.
“When customers can’t locate what they’re looking for, it’s frustrating for everyone. To accommodate the growing demand for our goods, the Tampax staff is producing tampons 24 hours a day, seven days a week “a statement from the firm read. A major boost in availability has occurred over the past few months as a result of our efforts with retail partners.
Amy Schumer in July 2020.
There was an increase in sales after Procter & Gamble launched a marketing campaign with Amy Schumer in July 2020. A Procter & Gamble spokeswoman told the magazine that “retail sales growth has soared.” “Whoa, I don’t even have a uterus,
” Schumer wrote on Instagram in response to the news that she had surgery to remove her uterus due to endometriosis last year. As a result of the continuous scarcity, tampons and other period items have seen an increase in their average price. According to Bloomberg, and NielsenIQ data, the price of tampons jumped by about 10% and the price of period pads rose by more than 8% through May.