Retailers running short on small change - Times Argus


Retailers and banks may soon be asking customers, ‘brother, can you spare a dime?’

"“But when businesses started opening up again, people were still shopping online, and were still hesitant to go out,” said D’Elia. “So ultimately what happened is, it created this shortage of coin in the marketplace.” He said he has been getting emails from Vermont Bankers Association members saying they’re low on coins. According to D’Elia, at the start of 2020 there were 4 billion coins being circulated each month. It was less than half that at the start of April. About 80% of all coins are recirculated."

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  • Ivan st george
    commented 2020-07-28 09:09:43 -0400
    single minded focus is exactly the correct term, no one, absolutely zero
    people in Government and most of the press understand the gravity of this virus induced panick, one needs only to look at Manchester’s reaction to a false positive outbreak.
    Adults, beginning with the governor Governor better get their heads on right before it is too late, if it is not already
  • Guy Page
    commented 2020-07-27 08:12:46 -0400
    This is a sign that small, local retailers are being left in the dust by our pandemic-response economic policies. Great news for Amazon and all of the other online titans, but terrible and possibly fatal news for Main Street. Again I worry that our single-minded focus on reducing virus transmission may have unnecessary, permanent side effects.