Here are four items consumers are buying more of during the pandemic

Posted at 9:03 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 07:55:59-04

It's no secret COVID-19 has disrupted consumer buying trends.

More people are staying at home. Travel is down and online shopping is up.

We interviewed Dean Le Blanc, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Here are four products he says are flying off store shelves.

1. Home improvement items
"The shift has driven many people to office renovation projects. It's really no surprise that Home Depot and Lowe's, for example, their stock has doubled since March," said Le Blanc.

2. Toy sales
"The fact that more children are spending more time at home, we are seeing an increase in toy sales. Board games, dolls, action figures. Those will certainly drive those record fourth-quarter sales this year," he said.

3. Gun sales
"Gun sales continue to be very strong. Historically speaking, when Americans are concerned about their personal security, they purchase firearms," Le Blanc said. "If we kind of look at the climate today, we're dealing with both the COVID-19 unpredictability and also the rise in social unrest in our communities."

4.) Bulk items
"Non-perishable foods are really leading the charge. Peanut butter, canned meat, and coffee to name a few," he said.

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