- I went to Costco on Sunday to assess how quickly they
would run out of food if people quickly started to stock their pantries.
I spoke to the supervisor and assessed 17 different items. Most of them
were food but I also looked at rechargeable batteries.
- Here is what I found for pasta.
- * Garofalo pasta in 6x500g packs are packaged 8
to a carton and sells for $7.29 a pack.
- * A skid has 6 cartons and is 3 layers high, which
means there are 18 cartons.
- * A skid of pasta thus holds: 18 x 8 = 144 packs
- Assuming that Costco rations pasta like they are currently
doing for rice, some number of families less than 144 will empty the skid.
- If the limit is 2 packs per person, the skid can provide
enough pasta for 72 families. Given the traffic Costco has, this could
be accomplished within hours of opening.
- The supervisor said that they keep "one skid, sometimes
a bit more, on the steel." By "steel," he was referring
to the shelving above the ground floor. They do not have stock elsewhere
in the warehouse; all their stock is on that shelving. I asked why there
isn't rice other than Uncle Ben's (normally they have Basmati or Sushi
rice), and his response was that they can't keep it in stock. It sells
out the same day they put it out.
- I've been told (but haven't yet confirmed), that the
Bay Area has approximately four days of food in it. It does sound intuitively
- We are in all likelihood heading for some sort of food
squeeze according to the United Nations.
- Bottom line: Get into the habit now of having a sufficient
supply of dried food in the pantry.
- --André Angelantoni Inspiring Green Leadership