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Preparing Your Retail Store For Possible Springtime Emergencies

We are now less than two weeks away from the official start of the spring season! Although the weather might not necessarily convey it, on March 19th, the long and cold winter will finally be behind us. Is your retail store prepared? Unquestionably, it’s important to begin advertising your spring lines right away. It is also wise to be prepared for potential emergency situations that can arise.

Yes, the spring isn’t always rosy. From natural disasters to sudden changes in consumer behaviour, there are issues that make being ready for the unexpected a key to maintaining business continuity. What can you do to prepare your retail store for possible springtime emergencies?

Safeguard your staff against severe storms.

Spring is known for its beautiful picturesque weather. However, it can also be very unpredictable. We’re talking about the potential for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and floods. To get your business ready for worst case scenarios, create a designated safe area for your employees and customers. Stock up on emergency supplies like flashlights, batteries and first aid kits. Be sure to keep an eye on weather forecasts and have a plan in place to secure outdoor displays or merchandise if severe weather is predicted.

“Storm shutters or shields on the building can protect windows and prevent debris from getting inside and damaging your inventory and equipment,” informs Liam Lahey of Zensurance, “Using tarps to secure items stored outside can help minimize water damage. Secure larger materials that could become projectiles in high winds.”

Prepare for pest infestations.

Many Canadians absolutely love the return of warm weather. Unfortunately, the same can be said for pests. Warmer weather is known to lead to an increase in pest activity. Watch out for ants, flies and rodents who wish to visit your place of business. Take proactive measures to prevent pest infestations by keeping your store clean and free of food debris. Seal any cracks or openings where pests could enter the building. You may need to hire a professional pest control service to inspect and treat your store regularly.

To protect your business from pests in the spring, Orkin Canada recommends that you do some spring cleaning. They recommend that business owners ensure the upkeep of their doors, windows and building exteriors. As well, Orkin Canada suggests doing some landscaping, general housekeeping and waste removal. “Thoroughly clean garbage and compacter rooms,” instructs their website, “The organic buildup can attract pests looking for their next meal.”

Ward off seasonal allergens.

As many allergy sufferers are well aware, spring brings about pollen and other allergens that can affect both customers and employees. Keep your store clean and well-ventilated. Consider installing air purifiers to improve air quality. Provide information on allergy relief products and keep them readily available for customers. It’s also wise to offer online shopping options for customers who prefer to avoid allergens altogether.

For many years, clients of Synergy Merchants have used our merchant cash advance program to get through emergency situations. For more information about how we can help your business survive an unforeseen emergency, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-718-2026 or email us at You can also apply online for a free, no obligation quote!

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