Top tips for a clean and hygienic retail environment

A clean, hygienic and welcoming environment is critical in retail settings. After all, a customer’s positive impression will influence how long they dwell, how much they spend and whether they decide to return. Critically, it also ensures their safety.

This time of year, however, brings additional challenges for operatives in the retail sector. ‘Black Friday’ and Christmas shoppers increase footfall, and together with inclement weather and the presence of seasonal germs, there is a lot more dirt and bacteria to clean.

To help our customers combat these challenges, we’ve put together four top tips to maintain a hygienically clean environment this winter:

  • Don’t be afraid to clean in ‘business hours’

Many businesses choose to clean in the evenings, after the stores close. However, cleaning during the daytime offers key benefits in the winter. It not only keeps the setting clean and safe for customers, but also reinforces the message that you take cleanliness, health and hygiene seriously.

top tips for maintaining a clean and hygienic retail environment

  • Be flexible on rainy days

Umbrellas are a saviour on wet days but once inside, the drips can quickly create a slip hazard on hard floors. Amend cleaning operatives’ checklists to ensure the flooring is wiped clean more often than usual, or move tasks around to accommodate this.

  • Pay extra attention to washroom facilities

Higher footfall also has a knock-on effect on washroom facilities. Check that everything is in good working order and that it is monitored frequently to ensure that dispensers do not run empty. At this time of year, germs are rife so ensure that there is a good hand hygiene system in place

  • Install a barrier matting system. Did you know that 80% of the total amount of soil present within a building is brought in via people’s feet? Installing an effective barrier matting system could prevent up to 90% of floor dirt and grime from entering the building – making a huge difference during the winter season.

 

For more information or advice, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit www.jangro.net / www.jangronauts.co.uk

It’s time to get smart

Mankind’s battle with plastic waste has repeatedly been in the news over the past few years. As more and more of it ends up in the world’s oceans, waterways and landfill, we must all do our bit to reduce the use of plastic, as well as the methods of its disposal.

Regular readers of the blog know that, here at Jangro, we are passionate about sustainability and constantly look for new ways to minimise our own impact on the environment. After all, our industry has a huge responsibility given its reliance on plastic containers to safely house detergents, disinfectants and other cleaning fluids.

That’s why we were incredibly excited to launch our new and improved Enviro range of Water Soluble Sachets back in September. Now 100% bio-degradable and phosphate free, this innovative line of cleaning and sanitising products is packaged into ‘sachets’, thus avoiding the use of traditional plastic bottles.

And they do save a lot of waste – we’ve done the maths. Each box of soluble sachets equates to 20 ready to use trigger bottles, or 150 x 10 litre buckets! This also has a knock-on effect in terms of transportation: less packaging means lower transportation costs, lower emissions and a reduced need for storage space.

So what’s the catch? There really isn’t one – just lots more benefits for both business and operative:

Available for both buckets and refillable trigger bottles, the Enviro Soluble Sachet range includes a Multi-purpose Cleaner, Glass & Stainless Steel Cleaner, Kitchen Degreaser, Kitchen Sanitiser, Floor Cleaner, Washroom Cleaner, and Toilet Cleaner & Descaler.

Have you tried them yet? We’d love to hear what you think!

For more information or advice, find your local distributor here. 

Stay Safe Online

cyber security course

Cyber Security is a growing concern for many businesses. In recent years, we have seen a rapid increase in cyber-attacks, causing significant issues to many organisations.

There is so much cyber security advice available these days and many people find it hard to know where to start. Some organisations struggle to explain why cyber security is something that all staff should care about. Even larger organisations with dedicated training resources find it difficult to explain the technical aspects of cyber security in ways that are relevant to their staff, so that they can help keep their organisations safe from cyber-attack.

Regardless of the type or size of the organisation you work for, it is increasingly important to understand why your businesses might be vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and how to defend yourself if one should occur.

stay safe online

Regular readers of our blog will know that, at Jangro, we are passionate about training. This is why we have expanded our unique and innovative e-learning system, LMS (Learning Management Solution) with a new module dedicated to Cyber Security. The module, ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff’ was produced by NCSC and takes no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

The course introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:

  • defending yourself against phishing
  • using strong passwords
  • securing your devices
  • reporting incidents (‘if in doubt, call it out’)

cyber info-graphic

A useful infographic  covering the core messages from the course is also free to download, print and share if you would wish to do so.

We are delighted to add this module to the Jangro LMS. As well as our new ‘Stay Safe Online’ module, there are also modules in Sharps Handling, COSHH, Manual Handling, Health & Safety Colour Coding and Infection Control, Washroom Hygiene, and much more.vailable free to all Jangro customers and their staff, the Jangro LMS has won many industry awards, including, first place in the Tomorrow’s Cleaning Awards.

For more information visit www.jangrolms.net

Cyber Security

Ho-Ho-Hold up, there’s how long until Christmas?

That’s right, there are less than two months to go until the festive parties, dinners and events begin in earnest. It’s often the busiest time of the year for bars, restaurants, hotels and catering facilities, and as we creep into October we ask: is your business prepared for the celebrations that December brings?

If not, don’t panic. Jangro is here to help. We have two catalogues that will help you plan your festive celebrations quickly and easily.

Our Christmas Supplies Catalogue is brimming with fun and must-have festive favourites. Inside, you’ll find party hats, streamers, balloons, party poppers as well as matching tableware and crackers, napkins, and table covers in a range of coordinating colour schemes. This year, we are also supplying the Tom Smith Eco Range of Christmas Crackers. Donating £2.00 per case of its sales to The Trussell Trust, fully recyclable and from recycled board too, this is a great sustainable alternative to traditional crackers.

Take a look at Jangro’s Catering & Hospitality Supplies catalogue too. It offers all the essentials required for catering, leisure and hospitality businesses – from kitchen hygiene, utensils and equipment, tableware, and glassware to cleaning chemicals, washroom supplies and so much more. It also features many sustainable options, including a new food packaging range, which is made from recycled board and is recyclable, compostable and fully bio-degradable.

For clearing up after the thrills and spills, the catalogue also features Jangro’s innovative Enviro range of cleaning and sanitising products, which include smarter packaging single use soluble ‘sachets’, to avoid the use of traditional plastic bottles.

If your business is not ready for the festive party season yet, do not delay. Check out our two catalogues to ensure the Christmas season is as successful and stress-free as possible! For more information, advice, or to place your festive order, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955. Visit Jangro.net to view both catalogues online.