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Canada Covid-19: mask prices will drop in September

02:50  09 august  2020
02:50  09 august  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Les enseignes de la grande distribution se préparent à répercuter la baisse spectaculaire des coûts d'approvisionnement sur le prix des masques. © Sipa

Mass retailers are preparing to pass on the spectacular drop in supply costs to the price of masks.

"Masks will become a leading product in the same way as Coca-Cola or Nutella, all the brands are preparing to make commercial offers for the start of the school year." This statement by Thierry Cotillard, president of the Intermarché and Netto brands, underlines the change in behavior of the French since the middle of July. Worried about the risk of the second wave, forced to protect themselves in transport, enclosed public places and, now, in the open air in many cities, consumers have started hunting again to equip themselves.

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Demand for masks is on the rise again

Sales of masks have started to rise again. "The week of confinement, we sold up to 10 million masks per day in our stores, which represented 50% of the distribution market, assures Thierry Cotillard. The figures then fell to 150,000 in June but they come to go back to 1million units, or 18% of the market according to the research firm Nielsen. "

A trend which should strengthen in September. This is what all the players in the trade are anticipating. Intermarché has already planned to reserve a page of its back-to-school promotional flyer, distributed at the end of August in all letterboxes, to its range of masks. The proposal will be structured around four axes to meet the needs of each family: washable fabric masks, lots of 10 surgical masks intended for children, lots of 10 and 50 surgical masks for adults.

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Good news, prices are being announced down sharply in supermarkets and hypermarkets. Current prices (on average 25 euros for a box of 50 masks, which has become the market standard) should soon be halved. When? Around the start of the school year. The warning signs of this collapse are already noticeable and are making smart buyers happy. A Parisian store Franprix has just launched a promotional operation at 12.99 euros per box of 50 masks. "It is an isolated initiative, underlines François Alarcon, director of marketing of Franprix. The stores have a small autonomy to make supplies directly; but the sign does not intend to generalize this operation in all its stores [900 points of sale including 85% in Paris and in the Paris region]. "

This prudence plays into the hands of the mavericks who obtain their supplies directly from independent importers. On a market in the 15th arrondissement in Paris, a young seller was selling a stock of boxes at 10 euros each on Friday. "I'm not going to lie to you, I bought them at 7 euros from a wholesaler in Aubervilliers", he tells us before leaving the premises behind the wheel of his small truck. By continuing our research online, we even found an offer for 3.99 euros the 50 surgical masks on Amazon. The only constraint: agree to be delivered (free of charge) with a delay of three weeks.

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We no longer have to transport boxes of Kleenex in first class

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How to explain this market inversion? Two factors are at work: on the one hand, the supply, which remains mainly Chinese, has become bloated; on the other hand, deliveries are now made by boat. "We no longer have to carry boxes of Kleenex in first class, laughs a buyer of a large French company. The plane represented between a third and half the price of a mask."

FFP2 masks at the end of August

All the brands have switched to this more economical delivery method. "Our first shipments are arriving," announces Thierry Cotillard. The leaders of the mass distribution know that they are expected with a firm footing. But consumers will have to wait a little longer to access really low prices. All the quantities bought urgently and at a high price by the giants of the sector must first be sold. "We cannot sell at a loss," hammer out all our interlocutors.

Fortunately, the current upturn in sales is accelerating the destocking process. Intermarché will offer its new prices (still confidential) at the start of the school year. From the end of August, Les Mousquetaires, faithful to their integrated production strategy, will also start selling FFP2 and surgical masks manufactured in their new factory located in Ploërmel in Brittany. Total capacity of the tool which will be, according to Thierry Cotillard, "competitive": 300 million masks per year. For its part, Carrefour anticipates switching to significantly lower prices during the month of September. "But we especially do not want to enter into a competition of brands on this product," said a spokesperson for the group who remains unclear as to the level of decline expected. In this highly competitive market, the players are all moving forward masked.

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