Retailers’ Worries About Impact of Coronavirus Shift From Supply to Demand

What started as a supply chain problem is changing with the souring economic climate

empty grocery store shelves
Products such as hand sanitizer are flying off the shelves, but demand is temporary and the retail forecast is in doubt. Getty Images

When it comes to the coronavirus, retailers have had to face a host of new challenges. Now that factories are coming back online in China, stores must adjust to how consumers are responding to the spread of the contagion, which the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on Wednesday.

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@RichCollings Richard Collings is a retail reporter at Adweek.