Grocers should shut textiles, clothing and homeware depts
24 March 2020 | 0
The Irish government has now decreed all non-essential retail and commerce must close on a temporary basis. This phase is based on medical advice and economic issues pertaining to the border counties.
Retail Excellence has urged its members and all retailers to follow the government’s advice.
All online activity will continue to operate as normal. However, the retail representative group asked customers to be patient when shopping online. “There has been a significant increase in online shopping demand,” the organisation said in a press statement, “and thus fulfilment and delivery is taking longer than normal.”
The association urged a common sense response to the announcement. Grocery retailers with multiple departments should shut all textiles, clothing and homeware departments and prioritise food, Retail Excellence advised.
“Other essential retailers might curtail certain categories such as a supermarket closing ice-cream counters,” the organisation continued. Meanwhile, non-essential retailers such as consumer electronics will continue online but might have a phone number available to provide an emergency order and curb side delivery service of an essential item, such as a cooker or fridge to an elderly member of society.
All commerce, whether essential or non-essential warehouse work, must be conducted within the clear distancing and other health and safety protocols.