Discount supermarket Aldi has become the latest grocer to introduce purchase restrictions in an effort to quell the number of shoppers panic buying.

From today, Aldi shoppers will now be restricted to one pack of toilet paper and two packs of pasta, flour, rice, paper towels, tissues and hand sanitiser.

Aldi's CEO Tom Daunt also said the supermarket has suspended change-of-mind refunds to discourage over-purchasing.

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"The increase in violence that retailers have seen over the past few weeks is absolutely unacceptable," Mr Daunt said.

"We would ask everyone to be considerate and compassionate in the way they shop."


Toilet paper – 1 unit

Dry Pasta – 2 units

Flour – 2 units

Dry Rice (excludes microwave rice) – 2 units

Paper Towels – 2 units

Tissues – 2 units

Hand Sanitiser – 2 units

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Empty toilet paper shelves at an Aldi store in Bondi Junction.

Mr Daunt said the purchase restrictions are temporary, and have been brought in to help create fairer conditions for all shoppers.

Additionally, Mr Daunt warned consumers not to attempt to "game" Aldi's product restriction policies, such as repeat trips through the checkouts.

"This means civil behaviour, courtesy to those less able and respect for the employees of retail outlets," Mr Daunt said.

"Quite frankly, we won't tolerate anything less.

"We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can mean that others will be left without."

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This morning Woolworths launched a special early-hour of trade dedicated to senior citizens to ensure that the most vulnerable members of the community had access to all products.

The Coles shopping hour will start tomorrow, when its stores also open at 7am for customers holding a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card.

It also plans to dedicate grocery deliveries to people who are isolated and vulnerable. 

This means deliveries for other customers will be temporarily suspended, as will the Click&Collect service.

Source: 9News