Not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., Clorox Disinfecting Wipes were immediately swept up in a panic-buying frenzy.
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in many parts of the country, shelves once fully stocked with essentials like toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning products remain vacant in most stores. And, according to Clorox’s Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer, this won’t change any time soon, even though the company is “making tremendous progress.”
The company has seen a 500% spike in consumer demand for their disinfectant wipes, and despite increasing their production by 40%, they can’t produce enough of the product to meet the current need. To put it in perspective, the company has sold as much in one week as it would typically sell in one month.
Clorox factories have been making wipes 24 hours a day to try to meet the demand, and Dorer says wipes would not be fully stocked in stores until the summer.