Bunnings announces a special shopping hour and other massive changes following a coronavirus pandemic
Massive change is coming to Bunnings stores across the country as the hardware giant announces a special shopping hour
- Bunnings Warehouse is open to merchants and health professionals before 9am
- The retailer introduced a series of security measures during the coronavirus crisis
- Employees limit the number of people allowed to enter their stores and aisles
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Bunnings has set aside a special shopping hour for merchants and health workers most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The hardware giant introduced a series of security measures in stores across the country to stay open during the health crisis.
Bunnings employees limit the number of people allowed to enter the store at any one time to limit the crowds, while customers must stay 1.5 meters away from others.
The retailer is also open on weekdays to professionals and health and relief workers to ensure they can buy the goods they need.
Bunnings has reserved a special shopping hour for traders and health professionals. Pictured: Security is on top of an aisle at Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday
The hardware giant introduced a variety of security measures in stores across the country. Pictured: Shoppers wear face masks as they walk down the aisles
BUNNINGS CHANGES IS INTRODUCED IN STORES BY COVID-19
• More cleaning in the store and for equipment such as counters, trolleys and baskets
• Hand disinfection for all team members
• Social distance including taping floors to mark 1.5m, moving stock to free up space, trestle tables for service areas to create more distance
• Posters outside and around the store and PA announcements to remind customers
• Encourage customers to use Tap and Pay whenever possible
• Water fountains and commercial coffee stations closed
• Cafés closed
• Limiting customers in busier aisles
• Limiting customer numbers in the store during busy times
• Suspension of sausages, family events, shopping activities and activities for children
Mike Schneider, Bunnings general manager, said he would continue to follow government advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have made many changes in the store as we work to ensure the safety of our team and our customers and to operate responsibly,” he said.
“We understand the importance of providing key products reliably to both do-it-yourselfers and commercial customers to keep their businesses running and support their local communities, especially in emergency repairs and maintenance.
Bunnings also close earlier, so team members can restock shelves and clean the store thoroughly.
“We have also seen an increased demand for the necessary products that customers need to maintain their home and we are focused on making sure we can make these items available,” said Mr. Schneider.
“We have over 43,000 team members across Australia and our focus is on keeping them in service while also taking steps to protect our team and our customers.”
Bunnings workers limit the number of people allowed to enter aisles (shown)
Shown: Shoppers line up to buy goods from Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday. Tape directing customers can be seen on the floor
A hand disinfection station was set up for the Bunnings Alexandria store during the coronavirus crisis
Posters have also been hung in the warehouses to remind customers that they are required to follow social rules.
A hand sanitizing station was set up in front of Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday and customers were advised to clean their hands before entering the store.
A sign at the top of an aisle read, “Attention customers: Due to social distance requirements, we only ask eight customers in this aisle at a time.”
Special shopping times for traders and health workers were introduced on March 3.
All other Bunnings customers can visit the store during the week between 9am and 7pm.
Tape directing shoppers can be seen on the floor in Bunnings Alexandria on Tuesday
Bunnings advised shoppers to stay 1.5 meters from others
Picture: empty shelves at Bunnings on Tuesday. The shopkeeper closes earlier so that team members can restock