The global health food store sent out an email to its customers this morning (March 19th) with the aim to reassure them of its increased hygiene controls and inform of new measures to ensure customers can get the health products that are in high demand during this fast-developing Coronavirus pandemic.
The measures include a one-hour shopping window dedicated to the vulnerable and elderly and limiting sales of certain food and immunity lines to two units per customer to curb panic buying, as has been done across many supermarkets.
The firm is also hoping to help those in isolation by introducing a new call centre staffed by volunteers.
Tony Buffin, CEO, sent an email to customer this morning in which he said: “We are encouraging contactless card payments in store where possible, we are providing hand sanitisers to our teams, we have further intensified cleaning and are offering advice around social distancing for customers in store and to our teams.
“We will also be introducing a one-hour shopping window for our elderly and more vulnerable customers at the start of each day during the week. While this won’t be an enforced window, we trust you will respect this special group of customers and provide them with the time and space we have offered them to shop.
“For those who are not as comfortable ordering online or who do not have access to our website, we are introducing a new call centre number. This will enable you to place your orders and seek advice from some of our longest serving and most capable colleagues who have kindly volunteered to provide this service.