Millions of us continue to hunker down at home, trying to limit our outside activities to avoid the coronavirus. But even the most cautious souls must purchase groceries at some point.
Before choosing where to shop, know that some grocery chains might be a bit safer than others, according to a survey of grocers by Ipsos, a global research firm.
As part of its research, Ipsos sent out a crew of “mystery shoppers” to personally prowl the aisles of major retail chains nationwide. The shoppers then reported back on which stores did the best job of adhering to health and safety practices designed to lower the risk of coronavirus transmission.
The findings — released in September — are an update of a similar survey in June.
Whole Foods Market topped the list in both the June and September surveys. Ipsos says Whole Foods beat its competitors in several categories, including:
- Having health and safety related signage
- Store cleanliness
- Compliance with employees wearing protective gear
- Barriers to enforce distancing
- Availability of sanitizing options