Money Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula

12:27  13 february  2018
12:27  13 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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Supermarkets, pharmacies and chemists across the globe are going to extreme measures to prevent the theft a On Thursday, a woman witnessed two people fighting over tins of baby formula at a Woolworths store .

Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula . Retailers across the globe are locking up, enforcing quantity limits or installing cameras in aisles to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula .

Baby formula is seen at MyClinic Mulgrave Medical Centre in Melbourne.© AAP Image/Julian Smith Baby formula is seen at MyClinic Mulgrave Medical Centre in Melbourne. Supermarkets, pharmacies and chemists across the globe are going to extreme measures to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula.

Walmart in America has placed security cameras in the baby formula aisle with a flashing monitor to tell potential thieves they are being watched.

In the United Kingdom, shoplifters are frequently reported for distracting staff to steal baby formula.

Nova Pharmacy in Australia has been forced to put up signs setting a formula limit of two tins per customer per day to stop bulk bulking.

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World. Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula . Retailers across the globe are locking up, enforcing quantity limits or installing cameras in aisles to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula .

World. Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula . Retailers across the globe are locking up, enforcing quantity limits or installing cameras in aisles to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula .

Baby formula has also been put under lock and key in many countries with parents needing to ask for it over the counter.

The reason for these actions is due to “daigou” buyers or personal shoppers clearing supermarket shelves to sell thousands of baby formula tins to the Chinese market.

Brands including A2, Bellamy’s Organic and Karicare Aptamil are highly sought after.

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Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula . Retailers across the globe are locking up, enforcing quantity limits or installing cameras in aisles to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula .

Stores go to extreme measures to protect baby formula . Retailers across the globe are locking up, enforcing quantity limits or installing cameras in aisles to prevent the theft and bulk-buying of baby formula .

International trade law Professor Justin Molban said the mark-up in price from Australia to China provided a profit motive.

"Between purchasing it in Australia and selling it overseas between $70 and $90, you can see there's plenty of room there for arbitrage," he said.

Generally, tins of baby formula are sold for between $20 and $23 in Australia.

Last week, dozens of people - some but not many with babies in tow - lined up outside a Chemist Warehouse store in Hornsby on Sydney’s north shore to get a hold of a new stock of baby formula.

The shelves had just been restocked but the baby formula did not last long with shoppers flocking to grab multiple tins on Friday.

"It was a much longer line than usual,” a staff member told 9NEWS.

"There is a supply issue but I’d say we receive an order once a week. I don’t know how they knew about it. One person must have told someone who told someone else.

"We do say a maximum of three tins per customer when it’s busy because it’s unfair to the people who really need it.

"We are now trying to come up with a method to control the crowd because it’s very disrupting to others. Sometimes we consider calling centre management because we’re in a shopping centre.

"We don't want the same customer coming in again and again. It needs to be accessible for everyone.”

On Thursday, a woman witnessed two people fighting over tins of baby formula at a Woolworths store.

"I feel like there's a baby formula crisis in Australia," she said on Twitter.

"I just witnessed two fully grown adults fight over the two-tin limit at Wollies. I thought it couldn't get any sillier until the cops arrive to calm everyone down."

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