But supermarket giant Tesco has now made even more changes to its stores as it searches for new ways to protect staff and customers during the coronavirus crisis.
The changes were confirmed by CEO Dave Lewis in an email sent to all Tesco customers, according to the Liverpool Echo.
In the same email, he describes the current circumstances of the country as “unthinkable” and the current period “difficult for everyone”.
Some of the changes relate to new measures of social distancing such as its new one-way systems for its aisles, and even more cash protection for staff.
Other changes include removing restrictions on the majority of its products.
In his statement, Dave Lewis also confirmed that Tesco employees will see their staff discount increase to 15% for the next four weeks, as well as a 10% bonus for staff in its stores, distribution centers and shopping centers ‘calls.
We’ve rounded up the six key changes in Tesco stores starting today.
Tesco has announced that, as inventory levels begin to return to normal, it is removing purchase limits for the majority of its products.
As of today, the limits will remain only on essential items such as toilet paper rolls, pasta and hand sanitizers.
This means that customers who planned to stock up on Easter eggs will be able to do so because the restrictions will no longer apply to them.
One way aisles
As part of its ongoing measures, Tesco is introducing one-way aisles and a “one-to-one, one-outdoors” system in its stores.
CEO Dave Lewis said, “In addition to the measures we shared with you previously, we are introducing one-way aisles and a” one-in-one-out “system in stores.
“We have maintained longer hours to minimize potential queues. Ask your local store team for quiet hours. “
Tesco advises customers to ask their local stores for the quietest hours to visit to avoid queues.
These hours will differ from store to store, but will tend to be around one hour before closing.
You can see that Tesco has also modified its checkouts in your local store, because the retailer has now installed protective screens on the front and rear of each checkout at the checkout, so that all the checkouts can be opened at place of all the others.
Tesco hopes this will keep customers from queuing, so they absolutely must do so during this crisis.
Increase in contactless payments
The limit for contactless payments will start to drop from £ 30 to £ 45 per shop. Tesco begins to gradually update its cash registers.
You can also use the free Tesco Pay + app from Tesco Bank. The app has built-in bank security and allows you to pay up to £ 250 of purchases with a single contactless scan directly from your phone.
New delivery niches – and more on the way
In the past week, Tesco has received an initial list of 110,000 clinically vulnerable and isolated people from the government.
From this list, Tesco has identified 75,000 existing customers who will now have home delivery slots created for them.
Tesco also says he is working on the list and that his teams will receive more data from the government, he will put even more slots available.