As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SPAR team members take all possible measures to safeguard instore health and wellbeing, including checking customers’ temperature at the entrance, wearing face masks and offering hand sanitiser. New technologies, such as self-checkout machines and facial recognition payment systems, allow shoppers to check out more quickly.
In December 2020, the local government of Dongguan, China, recognised SPAR Guangdong as a regional champion in the fight against COVID-19 during the Dongguan Municipal Awards Ceremony.
Source: SPAR China
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SPAR was introduced to China in 2004 with the signing of the licence agreement for Shandong province. More partners followed this, and now SPAR has partners in seven provinces: Shandong, Guangdong, Beijing, Sichuan, Henan, Hebei, and Yunnan.
The privately-owned retail chains licensed to operate SPAR have a cooperative relationship. This partnership is in line with the original SPAR mission of working together to reduce costs, maximise sales, and increase profits. The SPAR China Partners, whilst part of a leading international group, maintain 100% local ownership.