The Coronavirus has changed the way we interact with others, our habits, and even the way we shop. For Retailers, the virus has added an additional layer of complexity as they work hard to keep their customers safe while balancing their additional operational expenses of additional retail hygiene requirements and their sustainability agenda.
As a Retailer, you'll agree that pre-COVID there was no sign of hand sanitiser for customers or COVID-19 related signage. These items have now become standard with special consideration being given to how you present a shopping basket or a shopping trolley to your customers (with a wet wipe and surface sanitiser), how you manage card payments at your pay points, and how to create social distancing at pay points.
The above mentioned solutions however may have raised some red flags for your sustainability agenda. Wet wipes and hand sanitiser bottles are a waste concern and your Head of Sustainability may have raised an eyebrow (or two) to the amount of water being used to wash shopping trolleys daily.
How do you strike a balance between safety, cost and sustainability when sanitising your trolleys?
- Consider a trolley disinfection booth instead of using wet wipes to sanitise trolley handles (do you also keep wondering 'what about the rest of the trolley?' 🤔) and washing all your trolleys with soap and water every day. This solution will reduce your operational costs and help the environment.
- Trade your single use plastic hand sanitiser spray bottles for serviced hand sanitisers stands or wall mounted units to minimise plastic waste. You may also be pleasantly surprised to learn that these dispensers are often more economical because of the controlled dosage, which will also save you money.
- Pair your wall mounted hand sanitiser dispensers with paper to wipe down the trolley handle, or alternatively use biodegradable wipes - but make sure these wipes are disposed of responsibly.
As you continue to drive efficiency in your business, you may want to evaluate the other components of your current hygiene solution like kitchen hygiene for your kitchen or the disposal of expired medicine in your pharmacy.