30 Ways Shopping Will Never Be the Same After the Coronavirus

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it, and shopping is one of the most affected areas. While many retailers have only been able to serve customers online, essential businesses have been forced to quickly adapt to safety protocols to protect customers and employees.

Some restrictions will almost definitely ease up, but it’s almost inevitable that the pandemic will leave a lasting mark on retailers. Here’s a glimpse at how shopping could be different forever.

Taking your child with you to run errands might become a thing of the past. In fact, some stores have already instituted this rule.

Wisconsin-based home improvement store Menards has already banned shoppers under the age of 16. Anyone who looks younger than 16 will be asked to show identification, according to the company website.

At the beginning of the pandemic, there was some confusion regarding who should wear face masks. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, where social distancing guidelines can be difficult to maintain.

Consequently, many stores have followed suit, requiring shoppers to wear masks. For example, effective May 4, Costco requires all shoppers — except children under age 2 and … Read The Rest

Why this interior designer is changing her approach to decorating post-coronavirus

Home has become the center of the universe for most of us in the past few months. To highlight what that looks like for people across the country, TMRW is launching its My Space series. We’ll be featuring professionals from different fields each week who share their experiences with working from home while following stay-at-home orders.

Name: Chrystalla Neocleous

Age: 24

Location: Astoria, New York

Profession: Interior designer

How long have you been working from home: Since March 16

How has having to stay home affected your career and what are you doing to work around or adjust to the parameters?

Together with my parents, I run a small business that does everything from interior design to kitchen design, bathroom design and even construction. As an interior designer, the last place I expected to get stuck doing my job is from home. Being in the space you are designing is one of the most important aspects of the job. The stay-at-home order and business shutdown made that impossible. In addition to not being able to visit our clients’ spaces, all of our suppliers’ factories have been shut down and all orders are at a full stop.

Although the quarantine has

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Supply shortages, huge customer crowds overwhelm San Francisco’s hardware stores

Castro, Cole Valley, Polk

<p>Employee Avinia and customer Jeremiah use a tape measure to keep a six-foot distance at Cole Hardware. | Photo: Cole Hardware/<a href="https://twitter.com/colehardware/status/1247960194954309632" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Twitter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Twitter</a></p>

Employee Avinia and customer Jeremiah use a tape measure to keep a six-foot distance at Cole Hardware. | Photo: Cole Hardware/Twitter

Hardware stores have been in a unique position since the city implemented shelter-in-place two months ago. 

Despite their years as the city’s main retailers of protective gear and cleaning supplies, procuring those items has suddenly become what Cole Hardware owner Rick Karp describes as “the Wild West.”

At the same time, they’ve been overrun with customers — some hunting for essentials like goggles, gloves and N95 masks, others looking to use the time at home to complete big renovation projects. 

Meanwhile, owners are left in the middle: trying to manage crowds, keep employees safe, and maintain dwindling stocks of suddenly impossible-to-procure items. 

Terry Asten Bennett, general manager of the Castro’s Cliff’s Variety, said she and her staff get “cussed out” daily when trying to manage crowds entering the store. While most customers are respectful, all it takes is one person to bring everyone down, she said. 

“The pressure with the conditions we are working under right now is exhausting,” she said. “And we are all wearing masks — so you don’t

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Are Lowe’s registers down? Outages and ‘technical issues’ reported at home improvement chain resolved

After technical issues were reported at some Lowe’s stores across the country, the home improvement chain confirmed to USA TODAY that systems were operating normally Saturday evening.

The retailer acknowledged “unexpected and unforeseen technical issues” Saturday in a tweet when it responded to a shopper who said his store was “shut down because their bank can’t process all the transactions” and was accepting only cash.

In another tweet Saturday, Lowe’s apologized “for any inconvenience experienced while the systems were down.”

@Ja_Carey483 from Michigan tweeted to the retailer “you all need to get a better computer system, so the whole country doesn’t have to pay cash.”

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Another Twitter user reported long lines at two Lowe’s in California. “After 30 minutes of waiting with at least 40 ahead of me, a manager finally came on the loud speaker to say that they’re only accepting cash,” the tweet said.

Lowe’s reduced hours because of the coronavirus, and stores throughout the nation close at 7

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