4 Jun, 2020 @ 12:48
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Consum to install ‘traffic lights’ at entrance to all its supermarkets as part of €2.5 million plan to control social distancing

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SUPERMARKET chain Consum has announced plans to control customer numbers using a complex digital sensor system.

More than 1,000 access points at any supermarket will be wired up to a traffic light system that greets shoppers at the main entrance.

A screen will signal for customers to enter with a green light, while customers will be required to wait at a red light.

The supermarket chain, headquartered in Valencia, has installed the system in just 25 of its shops so far.

It plans to roll-out the measures to all of its 450 shops in Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community, Murca and Catalunya by the end of June.

A press release said: “The system will allow Consum to automatically control its capacity, giving information in realtime, both locally and remotely, providing a more dynamic and personalised management.”

The press release added installations would cost €2.5 million.

It comes as supermarket giant Mercadona announced drastically reduced profits in March due to hefty costs of working through the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

An internal communique recorded profits of €5 million, down from a €57 million pre-COVID-19 prediction.

It said it had spent €100 million on tackling the crisis by the end of April alone.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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