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So walmart is going to be cutting hours to reduce infection. Hear me out on this. What if instead of reducing hours they dont allow entry into the store and require all orders be done online for pickup. Give Walmart employees more hours. Only load groceries into vehicle trunks. People who travel their on foot have to join a queue outside. 

What's better here, reduced hours that could confine more people together in larger shopping densities, or people having less interaction with each other? 

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/walmart-to-cut-hours-to-combat-covid-19/amp/

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8 hours ago, Not_Too_Open_Minded said:

What's better here, reduced hours that could confine more people together in larger shopping densities, or people having less interaction with each other? 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/walmart-to-cut-hours-to-combat-covid-19/amp/

I hope they're considering these questions, and keeping the workers in mind.  Wal-Mart is notoriously anti-labor.  Their workers already live close to or below the poverty line, and so extended unpaid leave is going to break most of them.  Wal-Mart isn't concerned about that, of course.

Starbucks is offering paid leave to all employees, displaying a shred of decency for once.  

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In my opinion decrease of working hours of malls will extend queues and crowds inside of shops and increase chance of getting an infection..

People should concentrate only on the most, absolutely the most important items to limit time spend in crowd.

Grocery shop owners could make just a couple standards of bags with groceries. It could be easily automated. If client goes to McD or BK does not tell staff how to prepare his or her burger. Receives single standard one from the menu. Result is quick visit and go.

 

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8 hours ago, Not_Too_Open_Minded said:

require all orders be done online for pickup

It’s less common now than before, but what about all those people who cannot go online to order, or who don’t have credit cards? You’re making groceries totally unavailable to a sizable group of people by suggesting this approach

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6 hours ago, iNow said:

It’s less common now than before, but what about all those people who cannot go online to order, or who don’t have credit cards? You’re making groceries totally unavailable to a sizable group of people by suggesting this approach

Good point, that's likely going to be people 60+. Chances are the majority of them could adapt via contacting their bank, using public library internet, etc. But theres still going to be a portion left out to dry. I'm sure it being a small number. Allowing them to shop indoors wouldn't be as much of an issue. 

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Different markets in various countries have taken a range of measures, including limiting the number of folks allowed in, reserving hours for vulnerable persons, waiving delivery fees and so on. Not every country has a system for online pickup delivery and trying to implement it now is likely going to go badly.

Some supermarkets in Germany are looking for help restocking since they cannot keep their shelves full.

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