With the government commenting during a briefing last week that they would be making some announcements on lockdown restrictions this week, it has a lot of people wondering what our new normal might be.
Many media outlets have speculated that any easing of restrictions will be on a slow, phased basis. But what does that mean for your business?
What is certain in these uncertain times is that social distancing in some form or another is going to be with us for quite some time.
In a recent poll 40% of people responded that even if the restrictions were lifted tomorrow, they would either choose to stay at home or at least be very hesitant about returning to public situations such as shops etc.
To help reassure customers that your business is doing everything it can to operate in a safe, responsible way to minimize the risk of COVID-19 There are a number of steps you can take. Showing your customers that you are at the very least following official guidelines, (whatever they may be), will be a step in the right direction. Don’t just pay lip service to safe social distancing, use it to protect your staff and customers to your customers in every way you can.
Showing your customers that you are at very least following official guidelines will be a step in the right direction. Don’t just pay safe social distancing lip service, use it to protect your staff and customers to your customers in every way you can.
Retail and Service Sectors
My local community supermarket has from before lockdown begun taken a proactive response. They have had a person stationed at the door to marshal people coming in, limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time. As you are called forward, they give you a spritz of hand sanitiser too. This is a great service, but can’t we minimise that staff member’s contact even more?
To spray your hands they have to come closer than 2 metres, and as they are doing this job all day, that surely is putting them at risk of coming into contact with COVID-19, (more contact = more risk).
Let’s look at this scenario again. This time the staff member still marshals you into the store. From a safe distance, ( I would even suggest a belt and braces approach here of 3 metres), they direct you to use the free-standing hand sanitiser station standing right at the door. They stay at a safe distance for them and you at all times and you still get hand sanitiser to help protect you and others once you are in the store, (less contact = less risk).
It’s small measures like this, that would set retailers and companies apart from the rest. The fact they have thought about every way to minimise risk would from my point of view make me choose them over their competitors.
Manufacturing and Industrial
Manufacturers starting back too face similar challenges. The necessary changes to workflows to maintain social distancing will be a headache, but are no less vital.
Prior to lockdown, we had small bottle sof sanitiser placed key bottlenecks in the factory, but they were easily overlooked or moved and it was difficult to ensure compliance.
Placing Hand Sanitation Stations at key points in the factory, for example clocking in point, canteen, dispatch, and trade counter means that staff find them less hard to ignore.
It is for this reason, we have decided to offer Hand Sanitizer Stations to customers. These handy mobile stations can securely store up to 4 x 5 litres of Hand Sanitiser. That gives you 1000’s of applications before needing to restock and at the fraction of the cost of using smaller bottles.
Our Stations will be available for dispatch from Monday 11th of May and will be available on a subscription basis. Prices start at £120 per month for 12 months, which includes 5 litre of Clenz Hand Sanitiser Delivered each month.