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Phuket retailers scramble to stem flood shortages

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PHUKET: Phuket’s major retailers are reeling from the effects of the floods in Bangkok and Central Thailand, which have crippled their distribution networks, sparking shortages of consumer goods and forcing local prices to skyrocket.

The Phuket Internal Trade Office (PITO) has launched a blitz against market vendors and retailers gouging customers, saying there is no need for panic as Phuket is still far from suffering a crisis.

“A lot of stores are short of many consumer goods: rice, water, milk and dry food,” said PITO chief Supatcha Boonpalit.

“But goods that can’t be found at some stores are still available at other stores,” she added.

Major retailers Tesco Lotus, Big C and Super Cheap are struggling to cope with the erratic supply lines.

“We normally receive all of our goods from a distribution center in Ayutthaya, but the center is underwater,” said a spokesperson at Tesco Lotus on the bypass road.

“Our deliveries still come daily, but with much less stock than usual. We are now short on drinking water, rice, sugar, milk and dry food products,” he said.

To alleviate the problem, the company set up a temporary distribution center in Chumphon to serve all Tesco Lotus stores in Southern Thailand, he added.

However, fresh produce is in good supply. “We have a local distributor, so we have enough eggs, meat and organic vegetables for everyone,” said the spokesman.

Big C has experienced the same: running short on packaged goods, but in good supply of local fresh produce.

“We usually receive all of our stock via daily deliveries from warehouses in Ayutthaya – but we didn’t receive any stock from them for almost two weeks,” said one staffer at Big C Extra in Patong

“We solved the problem by sourcing stock from other stores in the region. We trade products with Big C stores in Krabi and Phang Nga,” he said.

Super Cheap is also suffering. “We are short on bottled water, rice and sugar. Although we still have enough for everyone, we have to limit the number of items per family,” said a public relations officer.

“We have raised the prices of some products, mostly because we have to pay more in order to buy them, such as with some brand-names of water. But some local brands have distributors in the South, so for these items the prices are not affected,” she said.

Some local relief from the spiralling prices is on its way, said Dr Sirichai Silapa-archa, chairman of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce (PCC).

“The cost of living [in Phuket] is already high, and now people have to suffer shortages and pay even higher prices. For this reason, the PCC will work with government offices and the Charoen Pokpahnd [CP] Group to start a market that sells products at lower than normal market prices,” he said.

The fair will be held from 9am to 4pm in front of the PCC office [on Suthat Road in Phuket Town] on the first Thursday and Friday of every month, starting on November 3,” he added.

— W Temram / C Yongcharoenchai



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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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