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Retail expert: shop online for non-essential items during shutdown

Bruce Winder, retail expert, says closing down aisles with non-essential goods is necessary to help flatten the curve in Ontario
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Some shoppers are feeling frustrated by the restricted access at big box stores, where they are now only permitted to buy essential items for a short period of time.

However, one retail expert is noting that there aren't a lot of cons for shoppers who have access to online stores.

Bruce Winder, a retail analyst and consultant, said frustrated customers should simply turn to online shopping for a short amount of time.

"I know it's a bit of a pain, but one can always buy what they need online, through Amazon or through a small store's website. You can do curbside pickup. So there's still plenty of options there. It just means you can't go to a store to buy non-essential items."

Though, he did also note the lack of access to affordable non-essential items like school or office supplies at discount stores may cause some concern for people who don't have many other options.

"I guess the good news is that it's only for 28 days at this point in time and you can still get some pretty good deals on the Internet too. It's probably something you can get around by looking around on the Internet and sort of trying to find a good deal there."

Winder said the restrictions are necessary to help flatten the curve in Ontario.

"Do I love retail? Yes. Do I want everyone to survive and get through this? Absolutely. But sometimes, unfortunately, we have to do things that are pretty drastic to stop this. We all need to innovate here and find a way to live for 30 days roughly, so we can get this thing under control."

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