Villar's AllHome bets on health protocols, digital innovations to thrive in retail new normal


Posted at Jul 10 2020 10:24 AM

An AllHome storefront. Photo: AllHome Facebook Page

MANILA - AllHome said Friday its operations were set to thrive in the new normal, with stringent health measures, cashless payments and e-commerce in place. 

All of its 45 stores implement standard health requirements such as face masks, foot baths, hand sanitation stations, customer temperature checks and social distancing protocols, the Villar-led firm said in a disclosure to the stock exchange. 

To minimize contact, AllHome has cashless payments, via QR code and credit card as well as "smart shopping" through its e-commerce platform, it said. 

Its home and construction outlets have large store formats that also function as free-standing stores to lessen the risk of exposure to customers of other establishments, AllHome said.

"It is important to note that we are paying close attention to safety, especially in these times," AllHome president Benjamarie Serrano said. 

Continued sanitation of elevator buttons, escalator handrails, and in-house disinfection have also encouraged patrons to visit the stores after lockdowns eased, the operator said. 

AllHome said its net income rose 30 percent for the first quarter of 2020 to P270 million. Part of this year's earning were allocated to COVID-19 response efforts, it said.