Waitrose & John Lewis coronavirus update
|To all our customers,|
I wanted to write to you directly to tell you about a number of actions the John Lewis Partnership is introducing as of today to support you, your families and our Partners in the face of the coronavirus.
Waitrose is creating a £1 million Community Support Fund to be used as direct aid for the communities you and our Partners live and work in. Your local shop will have these funds to support their local area based on the needs of the community.|
Help will include setting up additional local delivery services to support people isolated in their homes; for delivering essential items to local care homes and community groups; and for donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.
From Friday 20 March, Waitrose shops will dedicate the first hour of opening as a priority shopping time for the elderly, the vulnerable and those who look after them. Our
waitrose.com team is also looking into ways to support vulnerable customers who need food delivered to them.|
We have also taken the decision to close all Waitrose cafes and rotisseries, and to suspend complimentary coffee service for myWaitrose members. Sales of many in-demand products will be capped and we’ll close some shops early.
All this will free up extra hours for Partners to keep shelves stocked, as well as spending more time with customers who need support.
At John Lewis, we are redeploying Partners to help colleagues in Waitrose wherever it’s practical.
We’re also suspending services that involve close contact between customers and Partners such as beauty counter treatments and bra fittings. We are also closing our cafes and The Place To Eat. All my John Lewis customers who have a hot drink and cake voucher will have a new one reissued as soon as we reopen. Nespresso and Kuoni will be closing their outlets too as a temporary measure.
John Lewis is anticipating the feelings of loneliness and isolation customers may start to feel at home, John Lewis is exploring ways to offer its expert Partner-led services remotely. These could include nursery advice for expectant parents; wellbeing advice; craft and cookery classes provided by expert Partners online, or one-to-one calls.
Our online shopping service is continuing to run as normal at johnlewis.com
We care deeply about the wellbeing of our people and our Partners who are working long hours to meet your needs. Today we launch a hardship fund to support those impacted by the pandemic. We thank them and we thank you for the patience and support you have
shown them. We ask you to continue to show them care in such trying times.|
Finally, as you’ll be only too aware, this is a rapidly changing situation. We’ll continue to follow Government advice as it develops and will let you know if we need to make more changes.
In the meantime we would like to wish you and your families well.
Take good care,
Partner & Executive Director, Customer Service|
John Lewis Partnership