Two-thirds (66 percent) of shoppers say the safety measures a retailer has put in place to protect them from Covid-19 will determine where they spend their money, a poll has revealed.
The survey conducted by Vitreous World for Cennox, the provider of business-critical solutions to blue chip companies and ATM providers worldwide, polled 2,000 consumers to uncover changing attitudes to shopping as more stores begin to open their doors.
In response, almost half (46 percent) of shoppers believe the safety measures put in place by supermarkets and retail stores have been inadequate or poorly managed, while just 7 percent said they have “complete trust” that retailers will keep them safe.
“The results are clear; if shoppers don’t feel protected, they will vote with their feet,” said Nick Cockett, Cennox’s chief operating officer. “We know how hard retailers have been working to overhaul their stores in recent weeks and months, but they simply cannot afford to adopt partial measures to keep customers safe.”
The research also revealed how customer loyalty to supermarkets – among the fiercest battlegrounds in the retail industry – has been impacted by their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sixty-seven percent of shoppers admit loyalty to their favorite retailers would be impacted if safety measures were deemed ineffective, while 69 percent said they would consider switching from their regular supermarket if their in-store safety expectations were not met.
“Retailers have spent years building intricate loyalty systems to keep shoppers coming back in. These results show us that robust in-store safety is the new gold standard to win the hearts and minds of consumers – at least for the foreseeable future,” Cockett said.
According to the survey, 13 percent of consumers had managed to avoid supermarkets altogether since lockdown began.
In other results, more than half (54 percent) of all shoppers wear some form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while out shopping, with masks and gloves the most popular items.
Cennox has developed products to keep shoppers safe in the new store environment, including a UVC Keypad cleaner, which uses Ultraviolet-C light to neutralize surface-clinging viruses such as Covid-19 in less than 30 seconds at in-store payment terminals.