The necessity to pee is usually inconvenient, however it may be notably problematic as shoppers enterprise out throughout a deadly pandemic. The priority is seen in a latest pickup in client demand for disposable urinal baggage — merchandise that use chemical substances to show liquid into an odorless stable that may be stashed and later thrown away.
Marketed as an answer for vacationers planning highway or tenting journeys, manufacturers together with Journey John and Pee Buddy are more and more fashionable at a time when public bogs are much less interesting even when obtainable. And whereas many eating places and bars are providing meals and drinks to go, their inside eating and toilet services in lots of locations stay closed.
Rising demand for the merchandise additionally comes as a lot of the nation begins reopening from a shutdown supposed to curtail the unfold of the coronavirus.
India’s Sirona Hygiene, the maker of Pee Buddy — touted as giving females the flexibility to “stand and pee” — is struggling to maintain up with the pickup in gross sales, based on the New Delhi-based firm.
“Whereas there’s greater demand, one is unable to totally cater to it,” Sirona founder Deep Bajaj mentioned in an e-mail to CBS MoneyWatch. “We imagine it is a non permanent phenomenon” and issues will return to regular in two to 3 months, Bajaj added.
E-commerce analytics agency Profitero discovered that on-line searches for “Journey John disposable urinal baggage” elevated fivefold between Could 2 and June 6, in accordance to commerce publication AdAge. Irvine, California-based Attain International Industries, maker of Journey John, instructed the publication it had seen a “drastic improve” in gross sales.
Past Amazon, retailers that carry the product embody Walgreens and Mattress Bathtub & Past. The coronavirus has modified client shopping for habits in a number of methods, with shops initially discovering it arduous to maintain gadgets together with toilet paper and hand sanitizer in inventory.