The retail world has had to think on its feet as it navigates through the coronavirus pandemic. Those shops that were allowed to remain open had to instigate social distancing measures and find new ways to work. The stores that are due to reopen soon have also had to plan for how to do so in as safe a way as possible while the threat remains. But what about when we get back to something more like normal shopping after lockdown?
With the news that non-essential retail outlets can open from Monday 15th June following the coronavirus lockdown, it seems the UK is taking a first tentative step towards something that might eventually resemble normality. However, the social distancing guidelines remain in place and shop owners and customers alike are still understandably nervous. This is why we have compiled advice on reopening shops after lockdown, to help you plan for a return to trading, with the safety of staff and shoppers at the forefront of your mind.
While we may still be trying to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, there will come a time when we begin to get back to normal. Whether that is sooner or later is impossible to tell at the moment. However, it is important that your shop is ready to roll as soon as customers can come back through the doors, so here is our guide on how to prepare your retail store for the end of lockdown.
Much business has come to a halt since we went into lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone in retail outside of those essential shops that remain open is sitting at home and twiddling their thumbs. This is why The Retail Factory is not only proud to supply PPE for businesses that need it during the Covid-19 crisis, but also to help shop owners who want to use this customer-free time to ensure their displays are at the top of their game when restrictions ease in the future.
Although many people are self isolating, working from home or have had to shut down their businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak, some companies are still trading. If your retail outlet is open at this difficult time, you will want to be sure that you can maximise the safety of your staff and customers. With that in mind, The Retail Factory can supply business PPE during the Covid-19 outbreak, providing you with some peace of mind during your opening hours.
One of the joys of running a sports retail store is also one of the problems when it comes to setting up your shop. Namely, there are so many different types of products that it never gets boring, but you can soon find yourself becoming lost when deciding on the essential sports retail items that create your displays.
It is a worrying time to be in retail, as shoppers are being encouraged to stay in their homes and self isolate or practise social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some employees within the retail world are deemed to be key workers, and should be able to still send their children to school or nursery, but for many who work in the sector as a whole, the future is less certain. At The Retail Factory, we have put together some advice for retailers on dealing with coronavirus.
If you work in retail, the chances are that when you watch TV shows set in shops, you pay closer attention to the shopfitting that acts as a backdrop to the action in front of it! You can’t help but take a professional interest, just like police officers and teachers scrutinise shows about their jobs too. So for a bit of fun, here are some tips to improve the shopfitting in TV’s most famous shops.
Random Acts of Kindness Day is over, but the whole point of random acts of kindness is that they are not tied to one day - they happen when you least expect them! A random act of kindness puts a smile on someone’s face and can often make their day. This is why you should think about incorporating some random acts of kindness into your small business strategy.
End-of-arm displays can form a key part of your retail strategy and boost the performance of your shop. These simple accessories, which attach to the end of arms, clothes rails, shelf edges and more allow you to change the look of your shop, guide customers to the correct items more easily and encourage them to buy things they may not have otherwise have considered.