As the number of COVID-19 related cases rise in India retailers have adopted various measures to ensure the safety and hygiene of employees and customers. They are ensuring regular sanitization, reducing the number of staff on the floor and encouraging people to shop online as they try to maintain social distancing among employees and customers.
Landmark for example has disabled the biometric attendance system and stepped up employee education on hygiene and cleanliness. Wholesaler Walmart, which runs 28 wholesale cash and carry stores, has urged small businesses and retailers that shop from its stores to do so during slack hours and take advantage of its omni-channel presence by shopping online and get orders home delivered. Footwear and apparel retailer Woodland has shut 80 of its 600 stores. The others are operational with minimal workforce. The brand has transitioned to minimal or variable staffing till the situation improves. The company might add or reduce the number of operational stores. Value retailer V-Mart has shut 15 per cent of its stores. The retailer, which operates more than 260 stores, has closed outlets in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.
While grocery and sellers of essential goods are allowed to remain open, those that sell apparel, accessories and footwear have been ordered to down shutters