The coronavirus pandemic has caused virtually every aspect of people’s lives to change abruptly. It’s affecting economic factors, business practices, personal behaviors, communication styles and normal, everyday tasks – including grocery shopping.
Grocery stores are taking drastic measures to protect customers. During this tense time, retailers are doing what they can to make the shopping experience as quick, sanitary and stress-free as possible. They are also taking measures to protect their staff, who are considered essential employees and continue to work.
As people around the world are practicing social distancing to slow or stop the spread of the coronavirus, grocery store trips are one of the few reasons many are able to leave their homes. Customers who are making necessary trips to the store intend to get in and out as quickly as possible to protect themselves and those with whom they may have direct contact.
Several mandates have been applied to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus. For example, many stores are closing earlier than normal so crew members can restock shelves and thoroughly sanitize surfaces at night. In some cities, customers are limited to the amount of time they can spend inside stores. Several have also designated the first hour or two to senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions, who are at a greater risk to contract the disease. Stores are also implementing increased sanitation efforts, discontinuation of food sampling and purchase limits on certain highly demanded items such as toilet paper and paper towels.
“Retail Space Solutions understands the severity of the coronavirus and the strain it is putting on our grocery customers,” said Stu Accola, Product Marketing Manager. “Because of that, we’ve made it our mission to work with the retailers to create a seamless shopping experience for customers and to reduce the amount of time needed to organize and stock shelves.”
Retail Space Solutions pusher product display systems are beneficial to shoppers and staff members alike for key reasons, which are applicable to the current global crisis:
- Pusher systems keep products front-faced and well-organized at all times, helping shoppers to make faster purchase decisions and to get in-and-out of the store more quickly.
- Identifying out-of-stocks is more efficient. Staff can easily identify which products must be restocked as soon as possible.
- With pusher systems installed, less conditioning is required. This allows staff to attend to other important tasks, like serving customers, working checkout counters and sanitizing areas of the store.
- Because displays are always organized and at the front of the shelf, pusher systems reduce the amount of package handling by both customers and staff.
Retail Space Solutions continues to work directly with its grocery customers to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all shoppers and staff members. If you have any questions regarding how Retail Space Solutions is taking initiative to create a better, safer shopping experience during this time, please feel free to contact us.