All of the stores located on university campuses are run by an independent retailer who seeks to play a coordinating role – where requested – by asking businesses to make their team members available to help with tasks that could be done by non-qualified healthcare personnel, such as bringing food to people, replenishing stocks, disinfecting, administrative tasks, etc. In this way, medical professionals can focus on the crucial parts of their job.
The SPAR retailer notes his team are already in touch with a few hospitals due to their proximity to his stores and wants to get in touch with more, to get a better understanding of the work that could be done by students and other team members.
The SPAR staff from these university stores can help institutions by Skyping or calling the elderly, doing groceries or entertaining kids whose parents work in government stipulated vital professions. Of course, our SPAR teams are also available to work with teams in other SPAR stores that are not located on university campuses, said a spokeperson.
To increase the group of people who are able to assist critical operations at this time, the SPAR retailer is making the sign-up website available to other companies where operational activities have been halted.
“I like ‘doing things’, especially during this peculiar and extreme situation”, the SPAR retailer said. “There are probably a lot of obstacles ahead of us. Still, we see this situation as an interesting challenge with a beautiful end goal: contribute to the medical staff in the healthcare field and come through this period by being quick, smarter and working together. And how wonderful is it to use the enthusiasm of our happy teams to help other people.”
Source: SPAR Netherlands