Tips For Retail Success This Holiday Season

December marks the busiest and financially rewarding months out of the entire year for retail. With the holidays and New Year’s all packed into a one-month long extravaganza, it’s obvious how critical the month of December is for every brand, product, and retail store. Most stores actually spend the majority of the year just in preparation for December. And after all the dust settles sometime around the middle of January, most will admit that the payoff was well worth all the chaos, time, and energy put into the holiday season.

Now, you’re probably thinking “well sure, but this year is different”. This year is dramatically different from years past, but that hasn’t exactly slowed down spending. And the companies that will survive and even thrive this holiday season despite the craziness of the pandemic are the ones willing to put in the extra effort with regards to COVID safety and get creative for their customers.

Make Safety Your Mission Statement

Customers coming from near and far this year will be hitting the streets with safety close in mind. This month alone has produced staggering numbers of Covid cases and deaths, more so compared even to the beginning of the pandemic. This means that those who are choosing to go out and holiday shop in person will be understandably wary of putting themselves in harm’s way and entering into retail stores that don’t meet the right safety requirements. As a shop owner or a retail manager, make safety your priority and arm your business with the right precautions. Here are some of the simple yet effective tools you can use to ensure this year a safe shopping experience for everyone.

  • Set up a greeting table at the entrance to your shop with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for guests to use upon arrival.
  • Ask that all of your customers use the sanitizing methods before entering the store.
  • For an extra step of security, take the temperature of your shoppers before permitting entrance
  • Limit the number of customers allowed in your store based on your available square footage
  • Place flexible wall partitions throughout your retail store to keep sections blocked off. Some stores have opted to create a one-way path for their shoppers by using standing glass dividers. This “path” helps to guide customers through the store without letting them backtrack. This keeps traffic flowing in one direction and is much easier at socially distancing customers and keeping track of their whereabouts.
  • Continually sanitize your store after groups of customers leave. Real glass dividers are great for COVID sanitizing because they’re sturdy, non-porous, and won’t weather with wear.

Create A Pop-up Shop

One of the most inventive retail solutions this year in light of the crisis is the resurgence of safe outdoor pop-up shops. These retail shops aren’t only a solution to safety concerns, they’re also great at piquing the interest of passers-by. Pop-ups are usually made possible with little resources, time, or labor necessary! They can even be erected within a day by installing room dividers or floor-length glass wall partitions, to help create the mood of being indoors, all while remaining safe in an open-air environment. Next, bring in tables and benches and artistically outfit the space to display clothing and goods for sale! It’s as easy as that!

This holiday season, you’ll be ready for the frenzy of frantic shopping and curious visitors by ensuring your place of business is a safe one for everyone. For more ideas, inspiration, and related blogs, head over to Space Plus, a Division of The Sliding Door Company, for all the best in commercial space-saving solutions! From Bi-Fold doors to swing doors, wall dividers to suspended systems, Space Plus has it all! Schedule a free consultation with one of our showroom professionals and order your very own custom QubiGlass partitions today!


Testing Facilities Arm up with Spatial Dividers

As we head into our second large-scale shut-down this December, many people worry about their ability to safely visit health facilities. Without a doubt, there is an influx of people visiting health centers, testing facilities, and hospitals now compared with the rest of the year. Add the seasonal flu into the mix, and we arrive at an overtaxed healthcare system. And in addition to the normal seasonal illnesses, a lot of people are also deterred from visiting the centers because they either don’t want to spread their illness, or they don’t want to contract something during their visit to a health care center. This very reason is why hundreds of drive-through testing centers have popped up across the country.

As a testing facility, it’s time to invest in your patients,  and arm up with all the necessary safety precautions and physical barriers possible. So in order to keep visitors to your establishment safe and feeling confident in your facility, implement these tips and tactics into your testing facility to be the safest, most reliable testing center in your area.

Unsure where to start? Luckily, Space Plus, a division of The Sliding Door Company, has all the answers to your safety solutions this winter.

Covid Testing Centers

With hundreds of testing centers across the country, there are many unique differences to each facility depending on where you go. For instance, while some testing centers resemble a normal indoor clinic, others have converted entire parking lots or large swaths of open space into a drive-through testing facility. And while there is little difference in the accuracy of these centers, there could be a big difference in how safe they are. So if you’re running or helping to manage a COVID testing center, here are some helpful pointers for drive-in testing centers.

Drive-Through Testing

Many consider the drive-through COVID testing lots to be the safest means for obtaining Coronavirus test results. Why?

That’s simple. Here’s why:

  • The patient doesn’t have to get out of the car
  • The patient doesn’t touch any communal surfaces
  • Little to no interaction with nurses and clinic professionals
  • Drive through, take the test from your car and wait for the results

This version of a testing center is perfectly risk-free and safe for those getting tested! However, as an employee of a COVID testing center, it might feel far riskier. After all, employees and volunteers are the ones that are interacting with potentially sick people, and in many cases are handling test packets and samples.

So in order to keep your employees and hardworking volunteers safe, arm your drive-through center with the safest solutions around.

What are the best safety measures available?

Without question, anyone working at a testing center should be wearing a mask, a face-shield, or both. They should wear gloves that they change out regularly and a hospital gown if possible. Those are all the obvious safety precautions that you can ask your workers to take each day, but how can you ensure even more safety and physical barrier between patients and testing workers?

The best way is to create more physical safety by integrating standing Glass Wall Partitions between patients and workers. QubiGlass wall partitions from Space Plus are perfect for the job, for a number of reasons. They’re made from real glass, not porous acrylic like plexiglass. This means that these dividers won’t allow bacteria and germs to set in, and they can withstand years of heavy cleaning and disinfecting. They come in a wide range of varying sizes and configurations and are a total breeze to set up. Because they’re completely transparent dividers, your testing center staff can still interact with those getting tested all while remaining safe behind a solid barrier! The best part? QubiGlass wall dividers come in an array of varying configurations, sizes, and opacities so you can choose from hundreds of designs to find the perfect match for your COVID testing center! Have them installed within a day, and enjoy a safe testing center for the winter months to come!

For more ideas, inspiration, and related blogs, head over to Space Plus, a Division of The Sliding Door Company for all the best in commercial space-saving solutions! From Bi-Fold doors to swing doors, Wall Dividers to suspended systems, Space Plus has it all! Schedule a free consultation with one of our showroom professionals and order your very own custom QubiGlass Partitions today!

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