Many retailers and grocers have made changes to their offerings, policies, and employee benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the spirit of sharing ideas to service your associates and vulnerable customers, we are providing a list of unusual and creative steps that some of you have taken. For example, Raley’s has instituted something very practical for seniors with their Senior Essential Bags program. Seniors will be less likely to be subjected to out-of-stock pantry items, and they will spend less time in the aisles to get their staples. You can see a full description of their program HERE.
We hope that you can take inspiration from this list so you too, can help your own communities. Please share what you’ve seen so others can benefit!
- Aldi partners with McDonald’s in Germany to share staff for employment continuity
- Senior Essentials Bags: Two options are available, one priced at $20 (includes fresh items and pantry staples like oatmeal, canned goods, pasta and oranges) and at $35 (includes freshly prepared heat-and-eat entrees and salads) (Raley’s)
- Senior Concierge Service: Shopping done by associates and then loading into seniors’ parked cars during their own special hours (Sam’s Club)
- $1-$2 raise to all hourly employees until the end of April (Whole Foods, Wegmans, Weis Markets, Target and Canadian retail giants Sobeys, Loblaws, Metro, Natural Grocers, Amazon)
- A 10 percent pay raise for all 70,000 employees (Stop and Shop)
- Discretionary and flat rate bonuses for team members (Natural Grocers, Walmart, Kroger)
- A relief fund for employees quarantined or diagnosed with COVID-19 (Kroger, Amazon, Whole Foods)
- In addition to weekly earnings while sick, employees’ in-app tips earned during the 4-week period prior to their diagnosis (Shipt)
- Exclusive hours for essential health care workers (Meijer, Fresh Thyme)
- Special hours for store associates to shop (Sam’s Club)
- Grocers try one-way aisles to better enforce social distancing guidelines for their shoppers
- No fees for next-day pickup and pharmacy deliveries (H-E-B)
- Discontinuance of reusable bags or instructions provided for cleaning reusable bags for sanitary reasons (Hy-Vee, Wegmans)
- Window panels to separate cashiers from customers (Hy-Vee, Safeway, Albertsons, Costco)
- 6-foot yellow demarcation lines for shoppers in line for the cashier (Costco)
- Suspension of shopper ratings after order deliveries to relieve pressure on workers (Instacart)
- Closure of select stores or departments to re-allocate workers in more popular locations or other tasks like stocking and sanitation (Schnucks, Costco)
I will be updating this blog whenever we get more new and unusual programs. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, we appreciate you sharing anything that you see or hear about that can benefit others!