Walmart sold enough toilet paper in five days for every American to have a roll, the company’s chief executive officer said Friday.
"In the last five days we've sold enough toilet paper for every American to have their own roll. Just in five days," Doug McMillon told NBC's “Today."
Reacting to pictures of empty shelves after shoppers ravaged stores to stock up for the coronavirus lockdown, McMillon insisted the company continually restocks essential supplies such as toilet paper and food.
"I think it's important that everyone know our merchandise continues to flow," McMillon told “Today,” noting that hand sanitizer is a little "harder to come by" right now.
"There's plenty of flow coming, but if everyone can just kind of manage and buy week-to-week rather than stocking up, it'd be helpful for everybody," he said.
McMillon added that buying trends have shifted as people have stayed home longer.
"It started out with food and consumable, and then it moved to things like puzzles and games," he told “Today.”
"Lately we've seen more grooming products. People are starting to need a haircut."
Toilet paper sales skyrocketed as lockdowns aimed at stopping the coronavirus spurred consumers to stock up, The Hill reported. Sales in the United States spiked 845 percent on March 11 and 12 after climbing 51 percent in the previous two weeks, according to NCSolutions figures reported by the Associated Press.
Walmart has pledged to hire 150,000 hourly workers through the end of May as shoppers flooded stores.
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