With vaccinations on the rise, more and more people are starting to go out and take advantage of their freedom after a year of staying inside. While some people are revenge traveling, others are revenge shopping. But despite the vaccine, COVID-19 is far from being over so retail stores need to be prepared to protect the influx of revenge shoppers from infection.
What Is Revenge Shopping?
Like revenge traveling, revenge shopping is a phenomenon that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic. But instead of traveling more, people are spending more. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales are going to grow between 6.5-8.2% in 2021, which would be the fastest growth since 2004. This increase in spending could be attributed by many things. Some people have more disposable income since receiving the stimulus checks or have amassed savings due to not being able to go out. Others are just trying to satisfy their shopping withdrawals that occurred when physical stores temporarily closed down. There’s also been a trend towards “revenge dressing” in which people are investing in expensive, new clothes to flaunt at the recently reopened clubs and restaurants.
How Retail Stores Can Prepare
Online shopping was booming during lockdowns, but the public is itching to go out and browse brick-and-mortar stores. Now that many states have now opened at full or nearly full capacity, retail stores need to be prepared for the influx of customers at their physical locations. Even though the number of vaccinations are going up and the cases are going down, the average consumer is still concerned about hygiene. Retail stores need to take more effort to implement practices that will keep revenge shoppers safe from COVID-19 while still delivering a satisfying shopping experience and 2M has the best solutions.
Temperature Screening Devices
For retail stores, the best method for ensuring that their locations stay infection-free is by temperature screening each visitor. The most common method involves using a thermal gun to individually check each person, but this takes up time. This results in long queues for entry which may turn off some customers. But with products from 2M, you can easily avoid this problem. Our thermal products are contactless and can read temperatures instantly so you can keep traffic moving and your customers safe. We carry individual temperature scanners and thermal imaging cameras that can mass-screen multiple people at one time. We even have thermal metal detection gates that can screen visitors for fevers and dangerous items simultaneously for even better protection and saved time.
Temperature & Mask Detection Devices
The CDC has reported that vaccinated individuals can forgo masks when around other vaccinated people, but when you’re out in public, there’s no way to tell who is vaccinated and who isn’t. Therefore, enforcing mask usage will still be a necessity for retail stores. At 2M, we carry special terminals that can detect mask usage and screen for high body temperatures. They’re contactless and instant so you can easily enforce safety protocols and handle the new inflow of customers.
Even though states are reopening, COVID-19 is still very present in our world. Retail stores need to be diligent about enforcing safety practices, especially since there’s more people that will be out and coming into contact with one another. If you’re in need of a solution for your retail store, then give us a call today or schedule a FREE live demo today!