Greek supermarkets are trying to handle the sudden jump in demand at their online stores through cooperations with courier companies, online food order and delivery platforms, and even Uber. This is in a period when their physical stores have also come under great pressure due to panic buying amid the coronavirus outbreak, especially last month.
Greek retail sales by volume rose 8.4 percent in January compared to the same month a year earlier after an upwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in December, statistics service ELSTAT said on Tuesday.
Retail sales were led higher by furniture, electrical appliances, apparel, footwear, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, the data showed.
Online supermarkets are currently so inundated with orders that deliveries can take up to a week.
As e-supermarket visitor numbers were low - albeit growing - before the coronavirus epidemic hit, most didn't have the necessary infrastructure to deal with a threefold increase in orders in just a few days. The demand for storage space and delivery vehicles has shot up.