Toilet paper again: Costco limits toilet paper, cleaning supply purchases

Product shortages have apparently gone full circle as Costco is limiting the amount of toilet paper a single shopper can buy in one trip.

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The membership warehouse chain has once again posted limits on some popular products including toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies, CNN reported.

It is also limiting how the amount of bottled water that can be purchased, USA Today reported.

An exact amount that a customer would be allowed to purchase was not released, CNBC reported.

The reason is that not only is demand higher for these items, the company is also having a hard time finding trucks, drivers and shipping containers to get products into stores.

Costco’s CFO said there are not only disruptions due to COVID-19, but also port delays, container shortages, raw material and ingredient shortages and truck and driver shortages.

Most of the product shortages however are due to issues in the supply chain.

Costco isn’t waiting for products to get here. Instead, it has chartered three container ships, each able to carry between 800 and 1,000 containers at a time across the Pacific. The company hopes to make 10 trans-Pacific trips a year, CNN reported.

Kimberly-Clark, the company that makes products such as Cottonelle and Kleenex, said it “is monitoring the situation closely,” USA Today reported.