This is how you reopen well prepared

Great news! Shopping by appointment is officially a thing of the past for non-essential stores in the Netherlands on April 28 and in Belgium on April 26. To help our retailer community with this, we have listed 5 handy reopening tips. This will allow you to reopen optimally and give your customers a well-prepared, warm welcome!

Rules & measurements

For Belgium, a maximum of 1 customer per store (or a maximum of 2 from the same household) applies and in Dutch stores a maximum of 1 customer per 25m2 and a maximum of 2 customers per floor is allowed. Belgian hairdressers and beauticians are also allowed to reopen, which has been allowed in the Netherlands since 3 March. For both countries, there is a maximum opening time for non-essential stores until 8:00 PM.

The shopping-by-appointment rule is therefore no longer applicable for both countries. According to the Belgian trade federation Comeos, 75% of the customers did not come to the store (Source: Gondola, April 2021). But the Dutch trade association INretail is also happy that the stores are allowed to open again: "" For us, the most important point was that shopping by appointment is disappearing from the scene, because that doesn't work. " (Source: NOW, April 2021).

More information? Dutch entrepreneurs can use all laws and regulations on it Ondernemersplein of the Chamber of Commerce and page of the National Government see. Belgian entrepreneurs can provide all information about business and the corona virus on this page of the FPS easy to find.

1. Take the applicable safety precautions into account

Before you can open again, it is important to ensure a safe shopping environment. Place, among other things, disinfectant, a mapped out walking route, table screens and mouth masks in the shop. Make sure that your customers can always maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between each other, but also between you and your employees. Ask at the entrance if they can wear a mouth mask, disinfect their hands and want to adhere to the other security measures such as contactless payment. You can do this by setting up a special standing table for this.

Do not forget to regularly clean your shopping baskets, as well as clothes hangers and other items that customers use while shopping. Finally, provide good ventilation.

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2. Clear communication is key

Announce on a large scale that your store will reopen! Enthuse your customers by sharing your reopening on social media, via email and / or your website. Here you put practical information such as the new opening hours and applicable security measures.

Tip: Tag and follow us @orderchamp in your reopening post or story! To support our retailer community, we will share everything.

3. A surprising range

Many of your regular customers will be happy to visit you again. Prepare your store carefully for the reopening and make sure your stocks are in good order. Surprise your customers with a completely new range and store image. Buy seasonal or trend-sensitive products in good time that they will love. Be inspired by our latest pages including Candles, Vases, Dried flowers, Home & Living and Kitchen & Dining Trends. You can find more inspiration on our blog or in ”Featured ” in the main menu. Or use our search bar and filter options!

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4. A warm welcome

Personal attention is extra important in these times. Providing good service in the store is what distinguishes you from the competition. Prepare your employees for the reopening and explain how they can still provide the best shopping experience and advice to your customers from an appropriate distance. Furthermore, for example, festive decoration, cozy music, atmospheric lighting or plant and flowern contribute to this. After all, your reopening should be celebrated!

Tip: Put complementary products together in a beautiful way to inspire your customers.

5. Don't forget your online sales channel!

Have you started a webshop next to your physical store? Make sure you don't forget these. Many consumers have become accustomed to online shopping and may continue to prefer it. Therefore, make sure that this extra sales channel supports your physical channel well. For example, keep offering the Click & Collect option. A good omnichannel strategy is a must. Need help? Check out our blog with 4 Tips to optimally display your purchased assortment in your webshop.

No webshop yet? Then read our blog with Tips for starting a web store next to a physical store.

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