Face masks compulsory from next week in shops

As we “wake up, time to shop” we will all have concerns about PPE. I think it’s a good thing face masks are compulsory from next week. They already are in Italy, which has responded well to the crisis.

Will Broome, CEO of Ubamarket, has been instrumental in the development of a retail shopping app, which introduces features such as scan-as-you-shop, aisle sat-nav, in-app payment and till-less checkout to help retailers offer a more convenient and safer environment for both customers and staff. Now, Will comments on the measures and discusses how the shopping experience will change indefinitely throughout the pandemic and beyond:

“The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the retail landscape as we knew it, and we now know the full extent of the danger posed by the Coronavirus, especially for the nation’s retail workers.

“It remains to be seen whether the introduction of mask-wearing in stores will help to protect retail workers and customers, but it is encouraging to see that the government is focusing on developing additional safety and hygiene measures beyond the social distancing policies and sanitisation protocols. 

“The shopping experience will never return to the way it was before lockdown, and it is likely that new measures such as mask wearing will endure for some time to come. However this only represents a small step in developing long-term measures that can make the overall retail experience safer and better.  

“The implementation of retail technology will allow retailers to go further by solving a number of the problems posed by Coronavirus. Providing tech solutions, such as a consumer app, can put shoppers in control and will unlock a range of features such as remote stock-checking, till-less checkout and aisle sat-nav, all of which will greatly enhance the shopping experience and develop a safer, more convenient environment.”



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