Corona crisis Help for hospital staff

von Marco Hübner, Beate Hofmann und Katy Weber
Montag, 13. April 2020
With a special branch, Aldi Süd supports the staff of the University Hospital Frankfurt from Maundy Thursday.
Unternehmensgruppe ALDI SÜD
With a special branch, Aldi Süd supports the staff of the University Hospital Frankfurt from Maundy Thursday.
Aldi Süd has opened a mini-branch on the grounds of the Frankfurt University Clinic, which is intended to cater exclusively for employees of the hospital. The discounter offers a lot more than toilet paper and dairy products.
Aldi Süd wants to support employees of the Frankfurt university hospital with a special branch. A special mini-market, which was launched last week, will supply about 6,000 employees with products for their daily needs. A former cafeteria was converted into a shop with about 500 square meters of sales area.

"The hospital staff has hardly any time for private, everyday matters, such as shopping," Aldi argues, and wants to help with its concept: According to the company's announcement, the retailer offers around 900 products. In addition to toilet paper, and dairy products, the range includes chilled snacks. The location will be supplied once a day from the logistics centre of the Aldi Süd regional company in Mörfelden.

For the time being, Aldi's mini-market is scheduled to be open until 30 June. Access will only be granted to hospital staff, who will not be able to shop until they show their employee ID card. The store will be operating from Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 3 pm. Customers will only be able to make cashless payments. Plexiglas panels at the cash desks as well as adhesive strips on the floor are to protect customers and store employees from too much contact.

Overseas examples

Retailers in other European countries are also helping the hospital staff, who are currently under stress everywhere. In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn gives priority to medical personnel in its stores. In queues, medical staff are served first. The grocer has also set up delivery stations in cooperation with five hospitals. Only staff can pick up previously ordered goods there.

In the UK, Tesco is set to open a pop-up store just for NHS staff at the new Nightingale hospital in Birmingham. They will be able to shop there around the clock. The retailer is in discussion with the hospital management about further Tesco locations in Nightingale hospitals. Meanwhile, Marks & Spencer is helping hospital staff with donations of clothing and free delivery service for food. The company has donated thousands of T-shirts bearing the words "We are the NHS" to the NHS Nightingale hospital team in London.

Coronavirus (Symbolbild)
imago images / ZUMA Press

This text was originally published in German and machine-translated into English.

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