I made the weekly shopping trip today and I have a few observations.
It seems like people have made the adjustment to physical distancing. Stores have put up glass shields and have got some form of protection on people. Self checkout lanes are not only more prevalent, they are probably used more often. Once in place, I suspect these things are here to stay.
Many stores have given up paper flyers/advertisements. While this is probably a good thing, it does affect the town I live in. All of this printing was done at a local place that employed a large number of people. They already took a hit when they stopped making phone books, and then stopped making catalogs for the bigger stores. I guess some retraining is going to have to be done.
I also notice people are getting more used to maintaining physical space in stores. It also means they are a bit more decisive about choosing products. They don’t seem to linger. I don’t know if this is a good thing or not. Does it mean we won’t try as many new products?
At the magazine area of the drugstore, there was a sign saying not to “unnecessarily handle the merchandise.” I certainly get it, but would you buy a magazine that you don’t normally read without browsing through it? Since I have been watching a lot of crafting/maker videos, I had a bit of an urge to look at some of these magazine–but I didn’t. I probably wasn’t going to buy them, so I didn’t bother to look. Maybe this bodes well for buying more books on Amazon, especially if they allow you to look through some of them.
Even at usually crowded stores, there seems to be more parking spaces. That’s pretty awesome. I suppose this will change when things get back to “normal”, but maybe not. Maybe we will realize that shopping should be done quicker and we could be doing the more with our time that we are doing now.
These are just a bunch of quick observations. I would welcome any of yours–both positive and negative.