Only one week left of adult diapers, pads remaining

Rupali Mukherjee and Namrata Singh | TNN

In Mumbai: Worker and trucker shortages along with other bottlenecks in the supply chain have resulted in the unavailability of feminine hygiene products and even after they were classified as essential products in a circular dated 29 March.

Without improvements in supply chains, consumers, particularly older adults, face the brunt of the shortage. If conditions don't improve, products like they could disappear from store shelves in a week or so with companies that have thin inventories, even though the Center added them to the essential products list just days ago.

Tapan Mishra, co-founder of Seniority, a platform that sells products for older consumers, said there is a huge disconnect between the Center, states and local authorities as to whether an item is essential or not. “We are warehouse owners, but we depend on third parties to deliver customized products for our senior customers. Previously, we had stopped taking orders for non-essential products. But due to excessive delays by third-party delivery companies to start their services, we have now stopped taking orders for essential products as of Monday. We are now working on technology modules to see how we can deliver within city limits, ”said Mishra.

In addition to adult diapers, which the Center has classified as essentials, Mishra said that many products sold at Seniority are vital to an older person, be they health supplements, silicone gloves to wash utensils in the absence of a servant. , and personal products for bed patients, among others.

Kamal Johari, MD of, who does friends Adult diapers said that all activities have stalled, which has altered monthly and annual goals. What was shipped before closing, more than 40% is stuck in the pipeline and has yet to arrive at dealer warehouses. Another factor that has affected the company is the lack of labor. Johari said that the company's factory operates with only 20% workers. They are not coming due to lack of confidence and security, he said. Regarding feminine hygiene products, industry sources said that companies that currently have inventory levels of around a week, if the supply chain situation does not improve rapidly, consumers would have to face severe restrictions.

Rajesh Shah, president of the Indian Feminine and Children's Hygiene Association (FIHA), said the inventory (of finished products), which is normally one month, is now being exceeded. After the central government's notification on March 29 declaring them essential assets, it is now up to state governments to see the order implemented, and quick authorizations for approvals and logistics are granted. It will still take up to fifteen weeks for factories to restart and normalize production, and finished products reach warehouses, stockists and retail stores, Shah said.

In India, 15-20% of feminine hygiene products are generally imported, mainly from China. So imports also stopped two months ago after the outbreak. For adult diapers, imports are 5-10%. However, Nobel Hygiene's Johari said he is hopeful that in the coming days, stocks will start to come from local distributors to retail shelves.