Countdown Update – August 22

Shopping back to normal with limits on products removed in all Countdown stores

Kiwis have shopped responsibly and adjusted well to life under the different alert levels over the last week, with Countdown now removing all product limits in-store and online.

Product limits were put on a number of highly sought-after products when Auckland went to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country went to Alert Level 2.   Countdown’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability Kiri Hannifin said introducing the limits was the right call to help curb demand, but thanks to Kiwis’ shopping responsibly, they can now be lifted.

“When the changes in alert level were announced, we put the product limits in place to help prevent panic buying and to make sure there was plenty for everyone. While we did see some initial rush for the COVID-19 staples, customers have done a great job of only buying what they need, so thank you,” said Hannifin.

“The difference we have seen between this lockdown and the last one has been massive. Kiwis have adapted to the different alert levels remarkably well - they are shopping normally, looking out for each other and our team, and are taking the safety measures we’ve got in place really seriously.  Because of this, we’re really pleased to remove all product limits in our stores throughout Aotearoa.”