NEW YORK— When Kroger published its “Sharing What We’ve Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses” to help business create safe working environments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. was simultaneously realizing how great an effect the coronavirus was having on life in the country and beginning to look forward to the end of movement and shopping restrictions that made them radically reconsider how they might purchase everything from food to durable goods such as major appliances.
NEW YORK— The world is changing quickly and decisively under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, but, while that is a circumstance generating concern, it also means that some companies will discover they are better positioned to gain from the situation than others.
Kroger has published the first installment of “Sharing What We’ve Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses” to provide actionable recommendations for retailers, restaurants and food service companies, manufacturers, logistics and distribution centers and other industries to consider as they start crafting plans for safe work environments while the COVID-19 risk persists.
Full-line supermarkets are maintaining relatively strong store traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more specialized operations tending to suffer, according to analytics platform Placer.ai.
To improve safety by encouraging physical distancing in stores during the pandemic, Kroger will begin to limit the number of customers on its sales floors to 50% of the international building code’s calculated capacity.
Kroger wants to provide new career opportunities for some 23,500 workers nationwide, including those from the hardest-hit sectors such as restaurants, hotels and food service distributors as part of a plan to hire additional workers over the next several weeks.
Sneeze guards are going up at checkstands across the United States, including at Walmart and other retailers.
Retailers across a range of channels are addressing the coronavirus outbreak in stores and online, responding with measures to address consumer and employee safety and health concerns, ramping up the cleaning of stores and boosting cleaning tool and supply assortments to meet increased consumer needs.