【Journal of Reporters】 South Korea has no hoarding. Australian society should follow suit.
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<Breaknews Australia : Eddy Kim Editor>
The COVID-19 is seen hoarding daily necessities around the world over
The U.S., European countries, and Australia are facing serious hoarding, but this is not happening in Korea.
In particular, U.S. President Trump urged the U.S. to refrain from hoarding toilet paper, bottled water, vegetables and milk through an emergency news briefing. In addition, the British Prime Minister also said, "The supply of daily necessities is stable," and urged citizens not to hoard goods.
This hoarding phenomenon is spreading badly in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Australia.
This phenomenon is characterized by the lack of mask raw materials and the spread of fake news that toilet paper will be scarce, causing the hoarding of toilet paper.
Meanwhile, the situation in Korea is mainly due to the increased purchases of daily necessities at large discount stores due to the spread of COVID-19, but the increase in the number of home-based workers, not hoarding, and the delay in the opening of schools and daycare centers, caused their children to live at home. There is no situation that can be called hoarding.
According to a survey of large discount stores in Korea, sales of instant rice, bottled water and canned daily necessities increased by 20 to 30 percent on-year in the last month when the number of COVID-19 patients surged. Overall sales at large retailers also rose around 3 percent on average.
However, retail industry insiders said that the supply of supplies is not too much. That's because consumers don't buy things at random and keep them at home. In fact, supplies are currently being supplied normally to most large retailers and convenience stores.
So why is there no hoarding in Korea when the whole world is suffering from hoarding?
There are many reasons, but first of all, analysts say that it is because Korea has experienced such a situation several times.
South Korea previously experienced similar situations such as SARS in 2003, the novel flu in 2009 and MERS in 2015. It was a crisis, of course, but the supply and demand of daily necessities were stable.
Experts say that after several crises, there is relatively little fear of not being able to buy what is needed even if there is fear of infection.
Some analysts also say that this is because information related to the COVID-19 situation is shared with the public in a relatively transparent manner.
The British Guardian News said, "Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds daily briefings to explain how the virus spread. This played a big role in quelling public anxiety," he also uated.
Another reason is Korea's delivery system, which has developed to the world's highest level.
South Korea has seen rapid development of its logistics system, including online delivery, in recent years amid intensifying competition among local retailers.
Some say that Korea's delivery system is the best in the world. Most domestic food deliveries do not exceed half a day at the earliest or one day after the order at the latest.
Since COVID-19, delivery has slowed down temporarily due to increased orders, but most of them have now returned to their original delivery speed. There are also various large discount stores and e-commerce companies. This means that even if the demand for various goods increases at once, it can handle it.
In the case of daily necessities, there are various options as the product type and quality of any company does not differ much.
"There is no problem in supplying daily necessities, and we are thinking about how to sell more," said an official at a large discount store.
Compared to Korea, where there is no hoarding, Australia did not have a sense of citizenship of advanced countries.
Supermarket have become noisy because of disputes over hoarding, and there are no toilet paper, cleaning agents, or meat at all.
Social media is showing videos of people gambling with toilet paper and putting toilet paper in a safe, satirizing the current Australian society. This hoarding phenomenon has caused prices to rise and led to a vicious circle of suffering for the working class.
Already, the Australian government has given itself a chance to be careful. However, efforts by Australians to keep the opportunity were hard to find. This led to Australian Prime Minister Morrison announcing measures to partially shut down the country.
There were people who were stunned by the disgraceful look, but the majority of Australians are joining the hoarding frenzy.
It's time for Australians to learn about Korea.
An old man who came to the supermarket to buy meat is looking at it because he can't buy it because it's too expensive. I wonder what the Australians would think after seeing this old man.