The work to clear the logistics centers, roads and streets of snow is helping this morning to bring supermarkets back to normal little by little, after yesterday many were left without some products, especially fresh, due to the impossibility of that trucks could replenish merchandise. However, some problems persist, especially in the capital Madrid, where trucks have not yet been able to access stores located in secondary streets that are still covered in snow. At these points, an attempt is made to replenish product with smaller vehicles or from nearby. In the main streets, where trucks can arrive without problems, as well as in the rest of the community and in Castilla-La Mancha, the two areas most affected by the snowfall, the vast majority of the centers have already been stocked.
According to Ignacio García Magarzo, general secretary of Asedas, the employer’s association that groups the Dia, Mercadona or AhorraMás supermarkets (about 19,000 in all of Spain), it is almost a “last mile” problem. Mercamadrid and the logistics centers located on the outskirts of Madrid where the products of the suppliers arrive and from which the trucks that supply the supermarkets leave are operating at full capacity, or almost. Thanks to the work of the Military Emergency Unit, this morning a large industrial estate has opened in Getafe where some distribution companies have facilities. It was the last one left to open.
The transport problem is therefore centered in the last section, in those supermarkets located in narrow streets that have not yet been able to be cleared of snow and ice. “It is going little by little, slowly. Outside the M30 and in the rest of the Community of Madrid —with the exception of San Agustín de Guadalix and Colmenar Viejo—, as well as in Castilla-La Mancha, the situation is very good, “he says. Also in the wide streets of the center. “But there are areas where it cannot be completely replenished. Wherever possible, some chains are stocking fresh with smaller cars or from nearby, without sticking to loading and unloading areas. You still have to work a lot, ”he says. It is not an exclusive problem of the historical center, more convoluted, in all the districts there are supermarkets located in streets not yet cleared. Asedas has not provided the figure of how many of the approximately 1,100 supermarkets in Madrid capital – the majority of companies associated with Asedas – are still out of supply.
Dia, the chain with the most stores, about 600 in the Community of Madrid, has been able to open all its stores today, although not all have been able to receive assortment. Coinciding with Asedas’s account, he claims to have 100% operational logistics warehouses, where the products of suppliers enter, with shuttles from public transport for employees who need them, and with the entire available fleet of trucks, but still has an indeterminate number of supermarkets without stock.
El Corte Inglés opens all its centers, both the department stores and the Supercor supermarkets, in the Community of Madrid and Guadalajara, but they will have a special schedule, with early closing at seven in the afternoon, which will continue for the duration of the “situation extreme weather ”.
Again, those responsible for the sector ask citizens not to stockpile products, ruling out supply problems, beyond the specific lack of a product in a store. “The supply is guaranteed. The product is available, some streets need to be served “, said Magarzo in Cadena SER, for which he asked for” tranquility. ” “We must ask consumers for understanding and that they do not modify their shopping habits so that they do not stockpile food,” he stressed.