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The ACT and Cyclescheme join forces to make Local Bike Shop Day 2020 the best yet.
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18 Aug 2020

Awareness has grown in recent years that cycling is a ‘silver bullet' to solve several twenty-first century problems, such as air pollution, congestion, obesity and heart disease. Cycling... Read more…

Independent Retailers Confederation partners with ‘shopping appointment' solution to bring confidence back to shopping

18 Aug 2020

New service eliminates the need for customers to queue to get into independent shops
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Get Pumped Up to cycle and join the World's Biggest Bike Ride on 12 September

14 Aug 2020

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5 Aug 2020

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Activate Cycle Academy to start delivering the new Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship Standard

13 Jul 2020

Following the recent Government announcement pledging extra investment and funding for businesses hiring an apprentice, Cytech training provider Activate Cycle Academy (formerly ATG Training)... Read more…

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Independent Retailers Confederation partners with ‘shopping appointment' solution to bring confidence back to shopping

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Creative News

  • IRC partnersBookAShop with BookAShop to encourage safe and controlled retail environments across its 100,000 retail members
  • The service allows consumers to plan shopping trips and arrange appointments with their chosen retailers, eliminating the need for queuing
  • Designed to maximise shopping efficiency during reduced capacity due to social distance guidelines

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) announced today that it has partnered with BookAShop in order to encourage and rebuild the confidence of shoppers.

BookAShop is facilitating a new way to shop, both for post-COVID-19 openings and beyond. In the short-term, the booking service app will facilitate re-opening strategies and social distancing measures while ensuring the safety of both customers and staff. It is designed for retailers of all sizes and locations, and can be used by both UK and overseas shoppers planning their shopping trips.

A key feature available is to enable customers to book appointments to shop based on their needs. This will eliminate queuing outside of stores, and allow customers to shop within safe environments while adhering to changing social distancing guidelines. The app also uses technology to calculate the correct amount of people and staff allowed in a shop at any one time.

The new partnership gives the variety of trade associations that make up the IRC the opportunity to offer their members free until 1 January 2021.


Mark Walmsley, Chairman of the IRC, said: "The IRC has been working hard throughout COVID-19 to provide indie retailers with key ideas and solutions to assist them through the pandemic. This has included the ‘We are open' map, persistent Government lobbying as well as recognising retail innovation via with the Best Small Shops competition Innovation category.


We are now delighted to have formed this partnership with BookAShop, which offers a host of benefits to high street shops and their customers. The app is a prime example of how the high street can work together using new technology to adapt and pull through these hard times".


Joshua Van Raalte, co-founder and director of BookAShop, said, "We have developed BookAShop to help retailers reopen, remain open and to simultaneously rebuild the confidence of consumers so that they will return to in-store shopping. Unless there is a viable, mass solution, people will not ‘destination shop' and will continue to shop on-line."

"For many people, shopping is a fun, social and leisurely activity. The possibility of queuing, crowds and chaos are stopping people from going back to the stores. With major shopping areas currently running at minimal capacity, we need to reassure both domestic and overseas consumers that Britain remains a great place to shop."

 

For more information about BookAShop visit the ActSmart service page here.

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