Safeguarding Social Distancing: Retail Employees and their Customers Need Protection

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Press Release: April 27, 2010. Apple, Walmart, and Olive Garden are some of the major employers that are taking the lead in changes to their sick leave polices as Coronavirus continues to baffle the world. Over 30 million U.S. workers, most them working in restaurants, stores and airports, are highly acutely concerned about their company benefits, safety and health while at work.

With eating out currently not an option, it is no surprise that rationing of some products has inevitably increased dining at home. This, and irrational panic buying, has led to a 30% to 56% rise in online shopping in the U.S. and Canada, creating a strain on the supply chain, according to It has also caused significant pressure on those employed across the store, but it is the staff-customer interaction at the point of sale where the current situation has created the need to re-evaluate the personal well being and security of the checkout associates and their customers.

Providing a safe working and purchasing environment will provide peace of mind for all. Retailers should enable social distancing and demonstrate to both customers and employees that the store takes their well being very seriously. This is important since it is where the loyalty of the future may well reside. With increasing options, customer treatment by retailers in these extraordinary times is unlikely to be forgotten and will influence where consumers spend their money.

SpacePole, Inc., an Ergonomics Solutions company, has a range of technology mounting solutions now offering the SafeGuard® Screen – a low cost and simple to install acrylic screen which creates a timely safety barrier for everyone at the point of sale. The screen can easily retrofit to existing SpacePole installations or complement existing hardware without taking up any transactional space either in the packing or payment areas. SpacePole SafeGuard® Screens are perfect for all types of food and non-food retail as well as hospitality and healthcare environments.

It is an unobtrusive solution which does not affect the current operator/customer interface. For example, the customer display can be on the customer side of the screen along with the payment terminal and loyalty scanner. As with all SpacePole products, the screen can be customized, as part of an existing or new installation. Cleanliness is paramount and the acrylic surface can be easily cleaned with soapy water without causing any damage or degradation to the surface.

About SpacePole, Inc.

SpacePole, Inc., an Ergonomic Solutions company, is a leading supplier of innovative and ergonomically designed technology mounting and mobility solutions with 8 million solutions installed worldwide. Developed in partnership with global retailers and technology suppliers, SpacePole products are modular, proven in the field, cost-effective to upgrade, and protect against tamper and physical damage.



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