Terror Alert Drives Retail Sales

Feb 12, 2003

By George Anderson

Consumers, particularly those in New York City and Washington, D.C., have gone shopping in large numbers to stock up on food, water and other emergency supplies. This shopping wave follows the decision by the Department of Homeland Security to raise the national security alert level to orange indicating a high risk of a terrorist attack.

USA Today reports that sales of emergency supplies have gone up in food and hardware store locations as well as online web sites such as Long Life Food Depot which sells ready-to-eat military style meals as well as other supplies.

Moderator’s Comment: Should stores change their ordering
and stocking practices for specific products such as water, shelf-stable foods
and emergency supplies in light of the potential for terrorist action here in
the US?
Anderson – Moderator

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