The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on the U.S. economy following many of the shelter-in-place orders enacted by states beginning in March to stem the spread of the disease. As of May 14th, 36 million American have filed for unemployment due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Smart & Final’s New Queue Tips

Smart & Final of Los Angeles is streamlining checkout in the age of social distancing with a new queuing system that it says will guide customers more efficiently through the purchasing process.

A socially distant inspired checkout process being put in place at Smart & Final stores borrows heavily from an approach nonfood retailers put in place long before COVID-19.

Amid the panic and confusion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego-based tech company Indyme, who specialise in shopper engagement and loss prevention, are making social distancing easier to follow inside shops selling essential items, such as groceries and pharmacies.

COVID-19: SmartDome

SmartDome is a battery-operated device that monitors an area in store and when it detects people in that area, announces a message reminding them to maintain a safe social distance. 

Indyme’s launch of the SmartDome comes as essential retailers, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, address consumer’s concerns during the pandemic. According to the CDC, COVID-19 appears to spread between people who are within 6 feet of each other, which has led to widespread social distancing efforts across the U.S.

That same voice calling for a cleanup in the produce aisle may also start telling people to break it up. With social distancing currently a top priority of retailers in the current environment, a supplier of shopper engagement and loss prevention technologies has flipped the script, now making devices that heighten real-time awareness of social distancing in retail stores.

A top priority of retailers in this volatile COVID-19 environment is ensuring the safety of everyone in their stores.   To support this effort, Indyme, a leading provider of shopper engagement and loss prevention technologies, introduces SmartDome.  This new device heightens real-time awareness of social distancing in retail stores – especially in areas frequented by multiple shoppers.