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Resources for Retailers Shares StrasGlobal’s Vaccination Plan

Provides best practices, actionable tools for retailers to educate, communicate with employees
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Photograph courtesy of StrasGlobal

TEMPLE, Texas — Resources for Retailers, convenience-store contract services and site operations provider StrasGlobal’s new resource and information hub for small chains and independent retailers, is offering a detailed employee vaccination plan.

In March 2020, when it became clear there was no response plan to deal with the COVID-19 crisis from a retailer perspective, StrasGlobal developed and shared its own comprehensive plan. Now, StrasGlobal has developed a comprehensive vaccination plan for retailers. “Communicating how to get vaccinated and helping employees through the process should be of the highest priority for all businesses,” said Eva Strasburger, president of StrasGlobal. “Our Vaccination Task Force originally developed the plan for implementation in our stores coast-to-coast. We then decided to share it through Resources for Retailers. Now, all retailers that don’t have the time or resources to do the research themselves, can build their own plan based on ours.”

The plan includes:

  • Paid time off guidelines.
  • Financial incentives.
  • A “strongly encourage instead of mandate” rationale.
  • Pre/post employee surveys.
  • In-store signage and promotions encouraging customers to get vaccinated.

“StrasGlobal’s Vaccination Task Force worked intensely to research the best practices to roll out this COVID-19 Vaccination Plan,” said Jessica Williams, RfR director of content. “StrasGlobal understood the urgency of moving quickly to have a vaccination policy for all their employees, and this robust plan can be a template for other retailers. The StrasGlobal Vaccination Plan and step-by-step process outlined are exactly the types of immediately actionable tools Resources for Retailers wants to provide.”

“We should educate and communicate with our employees to make it as easy as possible for them to be vaccinated,” said Steve Kimmes, president of Kimmes Enterprises, a c-store retailer based in Carroll, Iowa. “StrasGlobal’s Vaccination Plan is a great tool for a small chain like ours, and it provides a lot of flexibility for each individual employer to use all, or parts, of the information the way they see fit for their company. StrasGlobal’s Pandemic Response Plan was a lifeline for us a year ago, and we are grateful now to have access to this vaccination plan.”

“We are all part of the larger community, and we have to look out for each other,” said Roy Strasburger, CEO of StrasGlobal. “Conversations with our peers indicate that, even though this is a top priority, there has not been a comprehensive Vaccination Plan for most retail owners or HR teams to follow—until now. We welcome feedback, and will revise our plan as new information becomes available.”

Temple-Texas-based StrasGlobal operates 19 c-stores in six states. StrasGlobal’s turnkey retail operations and management services include administration and financial reporting and c-store operations including staffing, marketing, merchandising, foodservice, vendor negotiations and fuel management. StrasGlobal is also the parent company of Compliance Safe, a cloud-based service that simplifies and upgrades the document management and renewal process for business-critical documents. Resources for Retailers, a StrasGlobal initiative, is a knowledge center and community. It will also offer premium membership with benefits such as buying groups, share groups and consulting services. The RfR Dispatch newsletter delivers ‘how-to’ best practice, with real-world, actionable takeaways written by subject matter experts.

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