Notice regarding the introduction of Coles Community hour for seniors, people with disabilities and concession cards at Coles supermarkets. This measure was introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow these more vulnerable groups to shop with reduced crowds and to ensure more stock was available.

This notice references the panic buying that was happening around the world, and which began in Melbourne during February and lasted through March until late April 2020. One of the earliest and most potent symbols of public response to the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic was seeing supermarket shelves stripped bare.

From Australia to Asia, and Europe to the USA, consumers stockpiled products in response to the fear and uncertainty about the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring. The panic buying blitz led to widespread stock shortages, leaving many consumers without household staples for several months in early 2020 and manufacturers working around the clock to keep up with demand.

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