How to Make Your Retail Store Safe for Employees and Holiday Shoppers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Houston, we have a problem. The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us, and COVID-19 is a serious concern wherever crowds gather. This presents a problem for retail stores–how do you provide a safe environment for employees and customers while at the same time keeping your store at capacity to maximize sales?

Retail Store Survival

To make matters worse, brick and mortar retail stores desperately need the income generated by this year’s holiday sales. 2020 has been a rough year for retail stores, and if they do not have a strong holiday shopping season this year, some may go out of business. That’s why it is more important now than ever for retail stores to be open this holiday season. But, the question remains–how to administer and enforce CDC safety measures for employees and customers?

COVID-19 Will Likely Continue Through 2021

The consensus by leading infectious disease experts is that COVID-19 related restrictions will likely last until at least the end of 2021 if certain public health measures are taken and everyone gets vaccinated. Unfortunately, that timeline does not help retail stores for the upcoming 2020 holiday shopping season, or 2021. That is why occupancy management safety measures need to be put in place in retail stores to help protect employees and customers so stores can remain open for business.

Floor Stickers are Not Enough

To maintain COVID-19 public safety measures, you need to manage social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning and disinfecting, crowd congestion, and store occupancy levels. To do this you can either hire additional staff (expensive) or you can invest in an automated occupancy management system (affordable and doesn’t need lunch breaks).

An Effective and Affordable Solution

OccupancyNow™ by Skyfii was built specifically to provide retail stores with an affordable automated occupancy management system. 

OccupancyNow™ provides several valuable services for retail stores:

  • It counts store occupancy in real-time and notifies staff when occupancy limits have been reached
  • It measures social distancing and crowd congestion
  • It can detect people who are not wearing a mask, and automatically notify staff
  • It provides contact tracing of people who are infected by COVID-19
  • It monitors cleaning frequency
  • It helps you understand your busiest times and slowest times of day so you can optimize staffing to better meet the needs of your customers, or reduce staffing to save costs during slower hours
  • It provides automated “STOP and GO” digital signage to manage the flow of people entering your store and using restrooms.

Skyfii’s OccupancyNow toolkit – all the tools you need for a safe and productive holiday shopping season. Click here to learn more.

Integrates With Your Existing Hardware

OccupancyNow™ can integrate with your existing hardware (people counters, WiFi, cameras) or Skyfii can select the right equipment to perfectly match your exact needs. And, Skyfii can install the system for you quickly and with minimal store interruption.

What retail businesses like most about OccupancyNow™ is that it makes COVID-19 occupancy management easy and costs a fraction of what it would cost to hire employees or security guards to provide real-time occupancy management services. It also helps optimize store operations and customer traffic flow, which leads to happier customers and increased sales.

Automate the flow of people into your stores, or other areas, like restrooms based on live occupancy counts.

Prepare Now

Make your store safe and optimized for maximum sales this holiday shopping season by installing OccupancyNow™. Request a free demo and price quote for OccupancyNow™ today by clicking on the button below. We’ll get in touch with you right away to discuss your exact needs and the best solution to meet your needs and budget.

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