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Have You Encountered Any Difficulties Obtaining Disinfecting, Sanitation or Medical Products?

‘We are making hand sanitzer from vodka. Seriously.’

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Have You Encountered Any Difficulties Obtaining Disinfecting, Sanitation or Medical Products?

THE RESULTS OF a March 17 INSTORE Brain Squad survey reveal that many jewelers have found it’s impossible to find anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitzer, cleaning sprays or toilet paper, unless they had planned well ahead of the COVID-19 crisis or had happened to stock up recently. In fact, 44 percent said they had considerable difficulty on the cleaning-supplies front.

“We stocked up by ordering all of this from Amazon back in January, not because of Covid-19 (before we knew) but because of flu season in general. Our protocol is to sanitize on a regular basis to keep my staff well,” says Pamela Rossi, PJ Rossi Jewelers of Lauderdale by the Sea, FL.

“We order toiletries and cleaning supplies regularly so there was never a moment we didn’t have anything,” says Nathan George of Joshua’s Fine Jewelry in Russellville, AR. “I credit our staff with being on top of that on a regular basis.”

Others expressed mounting frustration.

“Crazy people are hoarding like a hurricane is coming,” says Matthew Clark of Spath Jewelers in Bartow, FL. “How much TP does one person really need!!!!”

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“Freaking toilet paper hoarders! We are making hand sanitzer from vodka. Seriously,” says Theresa Peregoy of Classic Facets in Edgewater, CO.

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