In a video released Tuesday, John Furner walks viewers around a Walmart in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to show precautions that have been put into place in all Walmart stores to minimize the spread of commutable diseases like COVID-19.
The president and CEO of Walmart wants to ensure shoppers know the world’s largest retailer has taken many steps for the safety of both customers and employees.
In a video released Tuesday, John Furner walks viewers around a Walmart in Tuscaloosa, Ala., - store No. 715 to be exact - to show precautions that have been put into place in all Walmart stores to minimize the spread of commutable diseases like COVID-19.
In addition to shopping carts sprayed down with sanitizer, Plexiglas has been installed at checkout lanes and signage is in place on the store floors to direct traffic and minimize congestion and potential contact. Walmart Pay is offered for less need for contact and Walmart pickup services in the opening hour of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. are being reserved for senior citizens, and health care workers.
“We’re closing the stores every night ... to give our associates time to rest and recover, the store restocked and sanitize the store,” Furner says. The stores were formerly open at all hours.
“As the world continues to deal with the spread of COVID-19, Walmart remains focused on the health and safety of their associates and customers,” a Walmart news release states. “As a result, the company continues to implement extensive measures to help keep stores safe and clean and today, for the first time, we’re taking you on a video tour of a Walmart Supercenter to show you how we’re serving customers during these unprecedented times.
A few of the other changes that Walmart has introduced include:
– Installing floor decals in stores at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other.
– Taking the temperatures of associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions.
– Requiring associates wear masks or other face coverings at work and encouraging customers and members to wear face coverings when they shop in stores.
– Making key services (like payment and pickup and delivery) completely contact-free.