After the government meeting with Panini and newsstands, the firm stated that it is breaking production records. UKRA demanded to increase shifts anyway
09/20/2022 – 10:00 p.m.
This Tuesday, the Secretary of Commerce, Matías Tombolini, met with representatives of the Union of Kiosqueros of the Argentine Republic (UKRA) and directors of the Panini company, in order to find a solution that “transparent the World Cup figurine marketing chain” Qatar 2022.
The secretariat made the technical team available to resolve the conflict between the parties as soon as possible and the meeting was a first step. Along these lines, the vice-president of UKRA, Adrián Palacios, expressed: “All dialogue is positive, we want to find solutions to improve supplythat the kiosks of the whole country have the product and also regularize prices through official channels,” he said.
The vice president of Panini, Nicolás Sallustro; the founding partner of the firm, Héctor Crespo Figueras; the president of UKRA, Norberto Tomasino; the second vice president, Ernesto Acuña; and the head of the Business Confederation of the Argentine Republic (CGERA), Marcelo Fernández, were the ones who joined the conversation with the Government.
As for the Tombolini team, the undersecretary of policies for the Internal Market, Anastasia Daicich; the Undersecretary of Actions for the Defense of Consumers, Lucila Bueti; and the head of the National Commission for the Defense of Competition, Rodrigo Luchinsky.
Figuritas World Cup Qatar 2022: Panini doubled its production
In the meeting between Comercio, Kiosqueros and Panini, the request from the UKRA was not lacking for the firm that owns the figurines of the Qatar 2022 World Cup to increase its production. In this sense, from the company they indicated: “Panini promised to normalize the supply throughout the country. They told us that they make figurines every day. A second production shift started last week and we we asked if they could have a third party, so that we don’t miss them.”
From Panini they responded that production records were reached, with respect to other world cups. “We have 40% more production of figurines than in the previous World Cup, Every day we deliver figurines to distributors,” said the company’s vice president.
The Secretary of Commerce, Matías Tombolini, met with leaders of Panini and the Union of Kiosqueros Argentina.
Mentioning distributors raised another point of conflict. “They only sell us between 25 and 50 packages of figurines a week. The company believed that they sold us more. In Capital and Greater Buenos Aires we need between 1,500 to 2,000 packages per day to keep up with so much demand. Panini promised to control the sale of distributors and if there are still shortages, it will open more accounts so that other distributors can sell to us,” they assured from the union that brings together the country’s kiosks.
“Dollar figurine”: unusual memes about Panini and the stocks
After the Secretary of Commerce, Matías Tombolini, received the Union of Kiosqueros (UKRA) to replenish the stock of figurines for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the Central Bank announced a new stocks for soybean producers, Social networks echoed the government’s measures.
Hours after learning about the Central Bank’s measure to prohibit agricultural producers from accessing the official dollar, and while Tombolini was meeting with newsstands, Twitter users and other social networks began to spread a false replica of the Central Bank’s statement that points out: “We write to you to inform you that those who have recently acquired Panini brand figurines will not be able to access the dollar MEP nor counted with liquidation”.
These false premises, along with hundreds of memes, went viral while the Secretary of Commerce tries to solve the lack of figurines in kiosks across the country. “Those who bought more than 5 packages of figurines will not be able to access the savings dollar” and “Those who bought World Cup figures in the last 180 days will not be able to buy savings dollars,” were some of the most posted phrases.