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Store Best Practices For Social Distancing: Curbside & Delivery

Store Best Practices For Social Distancing: Curbside & Delivery

Note: Click here for important re-open guidelines, samples, and templates!

What You Need To Know For Curbside & Delivery Service Beginning May 4

On April 30 Governor Walz released Executive Order 20-48, which allows retail establishments to begin curbside and delivery services starting Monday, May 4. According to the Administration allowing curbside and delivery services will allow 30,000 Minnesotans get back to work. Here's what you need to know.

In allowing curbside pick-up and delivery, the Governor put out these guidelines:

  • All customer facing retail establishments are eligible for delivery/pick-up starting Monday
    • This includes but is not limited to: household goods rentals, maintenance services, repair services, pet grooming, and more.
  • Every business must develop and post a plan for how to open safely; click here for a template
    • Post the plan in the most practical place possible so employees and customers can see it.
  • Contact-less payment should be used in every possible scenario
  • Employees and customers should wear masks and protective equipment
  • In curbside pick-up, social distancing guidelines apply. Customers should not leave your car if possible
    • You cannot allow customers into retail stores or the business premises.
  • In delivery, items should be deposited outside a customer's residence

For more information on guidance on re-opening businesses click here.

See below for MnRA's best practices for delivery and curbside services.

Retailers across Minnesota are implementing impressive measures to make shopping as safe as possible for customers & employees

To assist retailers, here is a collection of social distancing best practices for curbside and delivery:

  • Contactless payment
  • Social distancing at curbside pickup and delivery:
  • Social distancing and enhanced cleaning in the store when fulfilling orders
  • Use of face covering when social distancing isn’t possible
  • Clear signage and communication between the retailer and customer.
MnRA was pleased to join the Governor for the announcement of opening curbside and delivery across the state. This step is important as laid out in our Critical Next Steps plan. We recognize this is only a short term step and will continue to work with the Governor on re-opening retail stores to customers
 
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Store Best Practices For Social Distancing: In-Store & Appointment

Store Best Practices For Social Distancing: In-Store & Appointment

Note: Click here for important re-open guidelines, samples, and templates!

Retailers across Minnesota are implementing impressive measures to make shopping as safe as possible for customers & employees.

Click here to access the State COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (safety plan) template.
Click here for Q&A and updates to the State COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (safety plan).

To assist retailers, here is a collection of social distancing best practices:

  • Use signage at the door, throughout the store, & over your public address system to remind customers of 6 foot social distancing.
  • Evaluate your space and adjust customer flow accordingly.
  • Encourage use of curbside pickup & delivery.
  • At checkout (including self-checkout) & in areas of congestion mark out social distance spacing.
  • At checkout extend space between the cashier & customer with markings or a physical barrier.
  • If practical ask a customer's permission to touch their products or allow a customer to position products during check out.
  • Have employees make a special effort to engage customers to help them find products efficiently & remind them to practice social distancing.
  • Clean & disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly and make hand sanitizer & related products available to customers and employees.
  • Communicate your temporary policy on reusable bags to customers before they arrive at the store or at the door.
  • Thank customers and workers for their focus on safety.


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SAFE Retail

Target is sharing it's lessons learned and best practices to assist other retailers as they open up. Click here to view Target's S.A.F.E. Retail framework, including examples, templates and checklists.


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9 Pieces Of 2020 Advice For Retailers & Their Key Business Partners

9 Pieces Of 2020 Advice For Retailers & Their Key Business Partners
As the new year hits, we asked MnRA friends to share advice for retailers and their key partners. Here are the top pieces of advice we selected:
 
TREAT EMPLOYEES LIKE GOLD
"Create a premium brand. Keep your product and service fresh and the best. Treat your employees like gold and tell your customers how much you appreciate them. Leave them feeling always like they have found the best kept secret."
- Insight from Roberta Bonoff, founder, Envision It!
 
GROUND YOURSELF IN CONSUMERS’ EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
"Ground yourself in the consumers’ experience expectations. How do they want to interact with your brand, then meet them there. Ask yourself how their behaviors and expectations will change, then adapt."
- Insight from Marisa Kinney, Sr. Director, Global Retail, Red Wing Shoe Co.
 
CREATE ONE-OF-A-KIND PRODUCTS & EXPERIENCES THROUGH PARTNERS
"The most successful retailer and supplier partners in 2020 are the ones that work seamlessly together to create one-of-a-kind products and experiences that draw in their consumers. Seek out the partners that you are best able to work with to bring these visions to life!"
- Insight from Juli Lassow, Owner & Principal, JHL Solutions
 
EXECUTION IS ALL YOU
"Focus on execution. Don't fool yourself into thinking execution is something other people in your organization will handle. Require absolute clarity at the intersection between your brand (website or staff) and your customers. Strategic initiatives without flawless execution yield no value."
- Insight from Flora Delaney, President, Delaney Consulting
 
PROACTIVELY SEEK CUSTOMERS
"Look for opportunities to be proactive on generating incoming business versus waiting for customers to walk into your stores. Go get them."
- Insight from Scott Plum, Founder, Minnesota Sales Institute, LLC
 
HARNESS THE POWER OF NEUROSCIENCE
"Harness the power of Neuroscience and Psychology to boost sales and marketing. Neuroscience and Psychology have revealed many insights on how consumers make buying decisions. Those insights can help retailers sell more at lower cost. Watch this 17-minute TED Talk on the unconscious buying decisions:"
- Insight from Terry Wu, President, Neuromarketing Services
 
ADD YOUR VOICE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
"Get active in your local business community! It doesn’t take much. Call your local chamber of commerce or business association and be a part of the conversation shaping the community around you."
- Insight from Savannah Sepic, Government Relations Manager, Minnesota Retailers Association
 
MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER BY WRITING DOWN YOUR PHILANTHROPIC PLAN
"It’s not easy, but tell your customers the story of your philanthropic efforts and the organizations you support. And develop a giving strategy and process (it only has to be a few sentences but write it down!) that aligns with your favorite causes to make it easier to say yes and no to charitable requests in 2020."
- Insight from a small business owner
 
TAKE POLITICS OUT OF THE 2020 ELECTIONS
"The trick to surviving the 2020 elections is focusing on people and ideas, not politics. Politics today seems to be all about winners and losers. People and ideas are how we will advance Minnesota and our communities."
- Insight from Bruce Nustad, President, Minnesota Retailers Association

 

 

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