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Why it's hard to find paper towels again

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The paper towel shortage in the United States didn't stop in the spring.

New York (CNN Business)The paper towel shortage in the United States didn't stop in the spring.

Although finding paper towels for sale hasn't been quite as difficult as it was when the pandemic first hit the United States, finding them — especially at a normal price — still isn't always easy.

Paper towels have been in and out of stock on Amazon (AMZN), Costco (COST) and local stores.

Part of the reason for the shortage is people keep hoarding them: there was a massive surge in sales of Bounty paper towels in July, Procter & Gamble (PG) reported, as customers swept them off store shelves.

But the shortage could also have something to do with the way companies produce the paper towels.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal published an article called "Why are there still not enough paper towels?" laying blame primarily on paper towel manufacturers building their operations to keep costs to a minimum.

Paper towel manufacturers were left unprepared, as their operations were not built for a pandemic.

The group noted that you can't make a paper towel with only 99% of the supplies needed to manufacture them.

As supply chains freeze up during the pandemic, paper towel companies have been unable to ramp up production because they don't always have access to the materials they need.

Paper towels are classified as a functional supply chain product, which means that the product is a basic necessity for most households.

When you are lucky enough to find paper towels, they're not always being sold at a normal price.

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