THE SENIOR SHOPPING HOURS MEASURES IN COSTCO FOR MITIGATING THE SPREAD COVID 19 PANDEMIC
The overwhelming situation that has already been created by the global pandemic COVID-19 continues to intensify day by day as governments and states put measures to help mitigate the spread of this disease. Private sectors have not been left behind in combating the spread of this disease one many warehouses have joined hands to help their customers and members not to get this disease. The Costco warehouse club has not been left behind in the fight for this pandemic. In his briefing statement about the measures to be taken by Costco, the CEO and the president of Costco Craig Jelenik talked of a new measure which he referred to as Costco senior shopping hour.
Costco senior shopping hour is a measure which aims at helping the people who are most vulnerable to this disease. The people who were put under this category are people with an age of 60 years and above, other people under this category are those people with disabilities or people who are immunocompromised in society. The people in this category were given a special time to get the services that they require from Costco in a special time where they won’t come into contact with many people hence reducing their chances of acquiring the disease from other members or the people with a younger age than them who tend to be more hyper-active hence being targeted as the main carriers of this disease. Before the senior shopping hours were intiated a clear picture of people who were panicked was clearly seen as long queues were observed people congesting in Costco stores the items that they required so as to survive the COVID 19 pandemic not knowing they were creating disasters to themselves and put those people who are more vulnerable at greater risk, the creation of senior shopping hours has eliminated the long queues.
The operating hours for people who meet the criteria for senior shopping hours will be allowed from 9 a.m. all the way to 10 a.m., but there are exceptions in other cities where the warehouse are located, and they have a different schedule to follow, examples being: Honolulu and State island which will run from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. as the senior shopping hours. Essential people in the warehouses will be allowed in so as to help the members who may need their services but other workers who are not in this category will not be allowed in. wearing masks and maintaining social distances among workers and members is another guideline that has been enforced.
To sum up, the measures being taken by many sectors both governments and private sectors are helpful in stopping the spread of the disease so everybody should embrace this initiative. In the key to fight this disease, Costco has done it well, and perfectly, other institutions should consider doing the same or even more of the same. Let’s keep in mind the price greatness is responsible.