President Alberto Fernández’s warning regarding the application of the Supply Law due to shortages in the Construction industry, exposed a situation that extends to other products on the market with significant absences in stores. In that spectrum they enlist not just bricks, cement and steel but also food and pharmaceuticals.
In the Construction sector, the lack of delivery of inputs occurs in a context of recovery in the sector. Partly because of convenience of prices to build that encouraged the activity but also because -because of the impossibility of accessing the purchase of dollars- many consumers and construction companies chose to capitalize on bricks.
A few days ago, the Chamber of Construction (CAMARCO) released a survey among its partners that raised the sector’s concern for the lack of inputs. In a survey of 144 people, it was found that the largest missing were in round steel, cement, galvanized sheet metal and hollow bricks.
According to Pedro Brandi, president of the Construya Group, which groups together the main manufacturers of this type of input, the first reason for the lack of materials is the effect of health measures due to the pandemic: “There are still up to 30% fewer staff and that affects operations.”
“Another thing that affects is that during the quarantine, companies and businesses they sold out their stocks. This coincides with a context of high demand. “People ask for more than they need in fear of not getting the product and on the other hand, also the construction companies they collect so as not to decapitalize “, Explain.
According to Brandi, what is most lacking is steel which depends a lot on scrap metal, in turn reduced by the pandemic and the recessive process. Too the bricks. And, to a lesser extent, cement. In this case, the inputs have an imbalance in demand since a lot of cement is required in bags and less in bulk, due to the scarce public works.
Also in the pharmaceutical industry, the “no stock” is a hose that wags between the shelves of the shops. “Missing product” is the argument that merchants receive from suppliers and drug stores. The gel alcohol (coronavirus effect) and bleach they were the protagonists of the list at the beginning of the quarantine. But as days went by, there were a shortage of products, of high demand, in Prices Care and pharmacies.
“We were restocking the items as they were sold until we decided to acquire second brands to supply the strong demand. But these elements also began to be scarce, ”says Axel Martínez, in charge of the Soy Pharmacy, located in Santa Fe and Uriburu. In the gondola of insect repellants there are less than 15 packages for sale. They even share a place with Lysoform, the disinfectant that represents the most complicated picture in terms of shortages.
Among the products that make up the Care Price list, the sunflower oil Florence and Every Day x 1500 cc; Shimy milk desserts, Vida low-fat drinkable yogurt; the yerba mate Rosamonte; the Familiar Veneziana lactal bread; the repellent Aerosol Fuyi; the grated cheese and antibacterial toilet soap are some of the justified shortages between November 23 and 29 at the Coto branch on French Street. “The complete list was notified to the Ministry of Internal Trade. You will not find them in gondolas because the merchandise was not delivered by the suppliers “, explains branch staff.
In other markets, such as the Plaza Vea de Barracas, there are empty, incomplete gondolas, with empty spaces where you can see the package of a solitary lactal bread or four stacked yogurt sachets with nothing else around. Or simply, there is the “Careful Prices” sign without any kind of content that completes its meaning.
“There is no shortage, but some products are missing or replaced by another with different characteristics. In general, in super cars like Coto or Carrefour they changed the trend of first brands towards second or third. Containers of 500 gr decreased and are marketed at 400 gr. Even brands and packaging were modified, avoiding the breach of Careful Prices ”, denounces Héctor Polino, founder and representative of Consumidores Libres.
Report: Penelope Canonical