SpartanNash increases safety and sanitation efforts for workers amidst COVID-19

Spartan Nash Headquarters
Posted at 7:46 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:46:17-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartannash announced Friday afternoon that in addition to the raises they would be providing to their front line employees, increased safety and sanitation efforts will be put into effect.

“At SpartanNash, our greatest asset is our family of associates, and that has never been more clear than in the past few weeks,” EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Yvonne Trupiano said.

The increased safety and sanitations efforts include:

  • Installing 1,420 36-square-inch clear plexiglass sneeze guards at every cashier station, deli counter, pharmacy, coffee kiosk, customer service center and fuel center checkout. Sneeze guards were also installed in distribution center receiving areas.
  • All associate have access and the ability to wear gloves and facemasks. The Company has purchased facemasks and gloves for all frontline associates working in its 18 distribution centers, 155 retail stores and Caito Foods facilities and expects to have the PPE available by mid-April.
  • Setting aside time twice per week for store guests most at risk of contracting coronavirus, including seniors, pregnant women and immuno compromised individuals. Reserved hours are every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Offering free, same-day home delivery of prescription medications at 88 SpartanNash pharmacies in seven states.
  • Increasing Fast Lane staffing levels to best accommodate the more than threefold increase in the number of customers shopping online at the Company’s 68 retail stores that offer Fast Lane services and providing home delivery to 45 zip codes.
  • Instructing associates to take their temperature at home before coming onsite to a SpartanNash location, as well as onsite health status screenings for all associates upon arrival.
  • Suspending service at self-serve areas in all stores, including salad bars, soup bars and donut cases.
  • Suspending bottle returns, discontinuing the use of reusable bags, and all sales are final, due to the increased risk of cross-contamination.
  • Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and protocols for safety, prevention and cleaning, including signs reminding customers to remain six feet apart, sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as food service counters, checkout lanes, conveyor belts, fuel pump handles, pin pads and touch screens at least every 30 minutes. In distribution centers, high-touch areas including time clocks, headsets and equipment controls are also sanitized at least every 30 minutes.

SpartanNash will also be extending sick leave benefits to ensure associates who are sick or are showing symptoms of coronavirus are able to remain home until they are symptom-free. This provides a maximum of 80 hours of paid leave

For all of SpartanNash’s latest efforts around the coronavirus, visit this link.