As the country starts to consider life following the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses will be looking for ways to safeguard their workforce and customers as things start to return to normal. At the time of writing the timescale and steps towards normality are not clear, and it seems increasingly likely that some form of social distancing will be required for a considerable time, possibly months.
Click and Collect
Click and Collect allows customers to make an order over the internet, and then collect from store, often from a drive-through kiosk in the car park. This service has had a huge surge in popularity for supermarket shopping during the crisis, as it allows staff and customers to remain at safe distances and is also very convenient for the customer. Other business types have started looking at this model as a way of recovering vital sales when lockdown is eased. People will naturally be cautious, and the availability of no-contact shopping may well be a key factor in choosing where to make purchases.
A shipping container placed in your car park can be an ideal click and collect kiosk for any sort of retail operation. They can be repainted in your company colours, wood clad for a rustic look (ideal for a garden centre) and can include electrics for lighting, refrigeration or air conditioning for your staff. Orders can be stored in the unit once picked and loaded into your customers cars, all without any direct contact between staff and customers.
Shelter for outdoor workers
People that work outdoors, perhaps gardeners, landscapers, handymen or other contractors, are often working alone, making distancing relatively easy. However, whereas previously they may be given the opportunity to take breaks or store tools in a shared area, this may not be possible under social distancing rules. If you employ outdoor workers consider utilising a shipping container as welfare and storage on your site. This will make it easier to work as normal whilst staying safe, both helping productivity and safeguarding the health of your workers. These units can be equipped with electrics, insulation and toilet facilities (connection to utilities will be needed) or can be supplied as they are for a more basic shelter and storage facility.
Pharmacies face a particular challenge managing the risk of infection amongst their staff and customers. A drive through collection point for medicines would be ideal, but many pharmacies will not have car park space to allow this. One of our customers in Wiltshire recently ordered a shopfront container. This allows customers to collect prescriptions without entering the shop, whilst remaining protected from the elements. As the container is placed against the front of the shop it also offers excellent security. More information on this project can be found on this link.
Does my business need these measures?
There is a growing realisation that the post-Coronavirus world is going to be different, nobody knows at this point quite how different that might be. What is certain though is that people will be more cautious about social interaction, even after lockdown measures have been lifted. We would expect that businesses which have allowed for this and made changes to their processes to enable social distancing will have a significant competitive advantage.
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