Demand for black clothes remains high with a major hypermarket chain reporting fivefold demand throughout its outlets, and prompting the Department of Internal Trade to seek cooperation from the manufacturers to increase production.
The director-general of the Department of Internal Trade Mrs Nanthawan Sakuntanak revealed that there are still shortages of black and also white apparel in many parts of the country which has forced the department to ask for the cooperation of clothing manufacturers, dyers and tailors to increase production during the mourning period.
At the same time, the department has also assigned officials to make checks on prices to ensure that no sellers take advantage of the situation to hike up prices, she said.
Yesterday the Department of Internal Trade has coordinated with major retailer Tesco Lotus to prepare 55,000 free black shirts for low income members of the public through its 109 branches.
The first of these were made through its 9 branches in Bangkok where it is reported that a large number of people had arrived since 6.00 am in the morning even before they opened to wait for these shirts.
Within only 15 minutes of opening its doors, all allocated shirts were given away.
The remaining 50,000 shirts have been set aside for its other branches in the provinces.
Forty Tesco Lotus branches will begin giving out these free shirts on November 4, while the remaining 60 branches will hand out the remainder on November 11.
Tesco Lotus reported that demand for black and white clothing at all its branches had risen fivefold.
Supplies for these clothing have failed to keep up and as such they have asked suppliers for major production increases for these clothing to supplement the demand.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)