Costco brings back purchase limits on toilet paper, cleaning supplies and more

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People shop for toilet paper at a Costco store in Novato, California on March 14, 2020.Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty ImagesCostco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday the company wants to make sure it has essential items at stores, even as shipping delays and truck driver shortages make it hard to keep them on shelves.During an earnings call, he said the retailer is "putting some [purchase] limitations on key items." Those include toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products. He did not specify how many of each item customers will be able to buy.The product limits are being prompted by a different cause than in earlier phases of the pandemic, when stores saw unusually high demand for paper products and antibacterial wipes as customers stockpiled those goods."A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise," Galanti said. "Now they got plenty of merchandise but there's two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there
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