The weeks of stay at home orders and self-quarantine brought about by the coronavirus outbreak can oddly be measured by the items shoppers are stocking up on. At first, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were nearly impossible to come by in mid-March. Now, one month later, people are clamoring to get their hands on a different set of items.
And surprisingly, the top three sold-out items are not food.
Dan Bartlett, Walmart’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, recently shared the shopping trends at the retail giant with CNBC’s Courtney Reagan. Retails sales have been so high for Walmart during this pandemic that they have announced plans to hire an additional 150,000 employees (though only 10 to 15 percent will be permanent and full-time positions).
Still, hiring more employees won’t necessarily help restock the quarantine items that are in high demand right now. Here are the most sought-after items at Walmart heading into week four (depending where you live) of lockdown, according to Bartlett.