As Britain braces itself for the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, Spar Scotland wholesaler CJ Lang has reported rises in volumes of up to 200% in ambient, fresh and frozen categories; teams are working around the clock in order to meet store demand.
Louise Hoste, Spar UK Managing Director, urged the general public to shop local, little and often: “We have a very good supply of food, drink or non-food essentials and as long as people do not panic buy, we can continue to meet the needs of local communities.”
To cope with the surge in demand, Spar has a huge recruitment drive in progress throughout the business, with a particular need for lorry drivers. Hoste said: “We are urging those who are qualified and in need of work to visit each of the Spar wholesalers’ websites to see what roles are available.”
CJ Lang has been supporting members in several ways. It is communicating daily and providing staff from depot to stores with support in terms of working hours, shift patterns, up to date information and advice, in-store customer communication and advice on social distancing.
All possible measures have been taken to ensure employees are presented with the most recent Covid-19 advice and health and safety measures.