Protecting customers and employees and helping local communities are priorities for grocers and suppliers during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the Southwest, 7-Eleven is installing sneeze guards at its front sales counters to protect employees and Easy Tiger has started a community challenge to help ensure Austin residents in need are fed.
7-Eleven installs plexiglass sneeze guards at U.S. stores
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has ordered and will begin installing plexiglass sneeze guards at the front sales counter in its 9,000-plus U.S. 7-Eleven stores to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19. Installations will begin at stores in areas hardest hit by the pandemic and expand to include all U.S. stores. Installations will be complete in all stores in the next two weeks.
Each store will receive two of the transparent plastic barriers. All sneeze guards were made in North America.
“We are doing everything we can to keep stores open and stocked with the products local communities need, while also keeping customers safe. These new sneeze guards provide additional protection for customers, store associates and franchisees,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “We are monitoring the changing situation and CDC recommendations and will continue to prioritize the health of our customers, store associates and franchisees across America.”
For easiest customer access, credit card PIN units will be located on the customer-facing side of the plexiglass sneeze guards.
Installation of these new checkout barriers is just the latest step 7-Eleven has taken in its stores to slow the spread of Covid-19. The company also has enhanced its standards and procedures for hygiene, handwashing, sanitation, food handling and preparation in stores and increased the frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces.
A leadership team at the company’s Store Support Center is dedicated to staying up to date with the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to make the best adjustments to business operations and policies as needed.
For those sheltering in place who do not want to leave their homes, 7-Eleven offers an alternative to in-store by shopping with the 7NOW delivery app. 7NOW delivery is available to more than 35 million households in 400 cities. 7-Eleven is offering free delivery on all 7NOW orders through April 30.
To activate free delivery, customers apply the promotional code FREE4U at checkout. A new “contactless” delivery option lets customers choose to have their delivery left at the door by the driver.
Easy Tiger launches ‘10,000 Loaves Community Challenge’ to feed Austin during Covid-19 pandemic
Austin, Texas-based Easy Tiger has launched a “10,000 Loaves Community Challenge” to help feed Austin and support those affected in Travis County by Covid-19.
Easy Tiger plans to bake and deliver 10,000 fresh loaves of bread to the Central Texas Food Bank, Keep Austin Fed, Drive A Senior and Mobile Loaves & Fishes. All four organizations are experiencing a dramatic increase in need due to Covid-19 and related employment and school shut-downs.
Easy Tiger has rapidly stepped up production amid the coronavirus pandemic to supply Central Texas H-E-B grocery stores with fresh bread daily and will continue to supply fresh bread to Whole Foods Market, Fresh Plus and other grocery and restaurant partners.
Now, with the help of its customers, Easy Tiger aims to supply fresh bread to those in need with a plan to bake and deliver 10,000 loaves to Austin residents in need in the next 60 days. Easy Tiger will cover all labor and fixed costs to bake and deliver each loaf, and the company is asking for community support to help pay for flour and other essential ingredients to make the bread.
To get involved:
- Click here and order regular-priced bread (for curbside pick-up or delivery). Easy Tiger will match each bread purchase with a loaf for the community, up to 2,000 loaves.
- Donate a “Community Loaf” ($3) from the bread menu; add as many as you’d like.
- Donate remotely by purchasing “Community Loaves” without ordering curbside or delivery.
Easy Tiger will deliver fresh-baked loaves daily to charitable organizations.
The challenge is to deliver 10,000 loaves or more in 60 days.
Customers can keep track of its progress on social media: @easytigeratx.
“We are kickstarting this challenge by pledging at least 2,000 loaves to feed Austin. We are asking our community to also chip in $3 so our most impacted residents can enjoy a high-quality, nutrient-dense loaf of bread during this uncertain time,” said Mike Stitt, CEO of Easy Tiger. “We are grateful to be part of this community and hope we can generously support Central Texas Food Bank, Keep Austin Fed, Drive A Senior and Mobile Loaves & Fishes, organizations that are working overtime right now to feed impacted families and the homeless in our community.”
Easy Tiger is known for its beer gardens on 6th Street in downtown Austin and at The LINC in North Austin, but the company is serious when it comes to food safety. Easy Tiger’s newest flagship location at The LINC includes a 6,000-s.f. bakery facility, one of the only Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP Certified) bakeries in Austin. GMP is a rigorous food safety certification program where manufacturers must pass a 636-point audit on health and safety in manufacturing processes and facility management. The LINC bakery remains operational to supply bread and address food shortages in Central Texas.
“Our bakers are committed to working 24/7 to help our community get through this crisis. We appreciate everyone’s support,” said David Norman, Easy Tiger head dough puncher and 2020 James Beard Award nominee.
To donate $3 to feed a family in need, visit www.easytigerusa.com today.
Easy Tiger was founded in Austin in 2012. Today the company has three locations for its bake shop and beer garden concepts in Downtown Austin (709 E 6th Street, on Waller Creek), in North Austin (6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, at The LINC) and in Cedar Park (5001 183 Toll Road, Building A, Ste 100, inside Whole Foods Market). Easy Tiger also operates a fresh daily wholesale bakery business, supplying bread to hundreds of partners including 24 Diner, Annie’s Cafe, Austin Country Club, Austin Convention Center, Epicerie, Foodheads, Fresh Plus, Olive and June, Cipollina, Contigo, Barlata Tapas Bar, Biderman’s Deli, Second Bar and Kitchen, North Italia, Parkside, Four Seasons Austin, Hotel Van Zandt, HEB, Whole Foods Market and many more. Easy Tiger has employed hundreds in Austin and sources its premium artisan flours and ingredients from local and ethical suppliers.