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Old 03-24-2020, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Broomstick View Post
Normally, overnight, while we continue to serve customers there aren't many so most of what the night crew does is re-stock and clean. That is in normal times. But for two weeks the night hours, even the 2 am and 3 am time slots, are seeing as many customers as a typical daytime afternoon. That means the people there to stock/clean were instead at cash registers checking out customers leaving them no time to stock or clean.
This is a really important observation.

Normally a 24-hour store can count on there being not much traffic in the wee hours. When people are regularly buying up all the stock, though, you're going to get traffic spikes whenever the trucks arrive, which is going to be problematic. Better to just close down to restock and have more predictable traffic patterns.