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Coronavirus shortages hit home office suppliers as workers go remote

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Officeworks and Kogan confirm they have seen a spike in consumer demand for products like monitors, laptops and standing desks to make remote work more comfortable.

With thousands of workers across the country now working from home some of the nation's office supply stores are running low on stock.

Officeworks Acting Managing Director Michael Howard said stores had seen a spike in products that "help customers work remotely".

Monitors, home printers, computer accessories, cables and sit-stand desks have been flying off the shelves.

"Customers are also responding to an increased focus on hygiene and cleanliness, with strong demand across cleaning and sanitising products," Mr Howard told 9News.

The company also said parents were stocking up on educational resources to prepare for their children being at home.

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Likewise, online retailer Kogan said it had seen a major increase in traffic.

Impacted categories included computer monitors, laptops, standing desks, air purifiers and humidifers and home office furniture.

Both stores are reassuring customers that they are working closely with suppliers to meet customers' needs.

"While there have been some stock shortages due to increased demand, we are looking to source alternatives and increase stock levels where possible," Officeworks said.

Companies opting to have employees working from home include Telstra, which told about 20,000 staff to work from home on Friday, and accounting giant Ernst & Young.

Meanwhile Amazon has hired 100,000 new workers in the US to keep up with online consumer demand.

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Source: 9News

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