Williams Trading Co. Offers Tips to Brick & Mortar Retailers: How to Build Inexpensive Barriers At the Cash Wrap to Preserve Social Distancing

Pennsauken – Continuing with Williams Trading Co’s series on COVID-19, Williams Trading Co shares some quick and helpful tips to help build inexpensive barriers for cash registers and check out areas.


The cash register has emerged as the most dangerous place in the store, according to public health and worker safety experts. Every item cashiers touch, scan and bag has been handled by customers and other workers. 


Retailers have been stepping up their safety measures as the CDC’s guidance on the virus evolves. In addition to Walmart, stores like Target, Kroger, Whole Foods and others have installed guards at checkout lanes and added social distancing markers in lines. 

Retailers are limiting the number of customers inside the store at one time and are sanitizing checkout stations frequently. Companies are also expanding the use of contact-free payment options so customers don’t have to touch screens or enter their pins.


The best practice for adult store owners is to maintain social distancing and install additional safety measures at the cash register in the form of barriers. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, said cashiers “need N95 masks as much as health care workers.” He believes that all stores also need to give their cashiers face shields because many coronavirus carriers are asymptomatic.


Help maintain social distance and physical separation while protecting from splashes and sprays with clear plastic barriers. Plexiglass sneeze guards, splash guards, cashier shields and other clear partitions are more important than ever. Many online resources are available to order plexiglass barriers or sneeze guards. Visit this Retail Display website here, or simply go to your local home center after taking measurements to build your own barrier. 


Here are a few examples listed below:


  • Simple Plexiglass Installation – this simple plexiglass sheet is a straightforward flat piece of plexiglass with minimal fasteners. A cutout can be provided for credit card terminals. This material is easily found at most hardware centers, and can be cut to size.








  • Simple Barrier Attached to Counter or Register – You can create a simple temporary barrier and mount this directly to your front register counter space. Leave a space at the bottom for products and tender to be passed between employees and customers. 








  • Suspension from Ceiling with Color Border – Many retailers have attached a sheet of plexiglass to the ceiling with a counter slot underneath. Please be careful to anchor this type of barrier with a rigid mount.






This is the latest in Williams Trading Co’s COVID-19-related educational releases; each week, new content will be posted across Williams Trading Co’s various media platforms. 

Previous content can be found at the links below: 

Williams Trading Co. Offers Tips to Brick & Mortar Retailers to Convert Commerce to Curbside Pick-Up During  OpeningsWilliams Trading offers retailers How-To tips on converting their brick and mortar business model to curbside pickup.

Williams Trading Co Offers a Checklist and Store Opening Guide as States Slowly Allow Openings  –  Williams Trading Co offers retailers some helpful guidelines for reopening their business as restrictions begin to lift

COVID 19 How to Exercise at Home and Tips on StressWilliams Trading Co. offers some great tips on exercising at home and dealing with stress

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19 While Grocery Shopping Best practices and tips on how to protect yourself while at the grocery store. 

Quick Tips How to Safely Remove Disposable Gloves There’s a right way and a wrong way to take off gloves; this shows you the correct way to remove gloves and avoid contaminating your hands.

 It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask Here’s how to do it Complete with printable patterns, diagrams, and instructions.

 The Vital Importance of Social Distancing Why Social Distancing is important to flattening the curve of COVID-19

Williams Trading Co. Opens Up It’s Williams Trading University e-learning Portal to all Adult channels During the COVID 19 Stay at Home Mandate PeriodThe award-winning e-Learning platform offers all retailers a chance to brush up or refresh their knowledge with over 150 training modules. This is a great way to pass the time – and earn chances to win prizes. 

Williams Trading Co Releases New Course on Williams Trading University – A Retailers Guide to COVID-19 With information culled directly from the CDC’s website, this module on Williams Trading University offers retailers a guide to best practices when deep cleaning their stores, an overview of symptoms of the virus, and downloadable, printable infographics that can be used as signage or even checklists for store employees. 

You Tube – The COVID-19: A Retailer’s Guide YouTube videoshares best practices for retailers concerned about COVID-19, tips to sanitizing your store, and how to keep your employees and customers healthy. 

Shut In with Recent COVID-19 Travel Restrictions or at Home and Practicing Social Distancing? Game ON! What better way to boost sales? Whether a brick & mortar location serving the public with curbside service, or an e-commerce site shipping product to consumers, games are a hot item right now. 

The COVID-19: A Retailer’s GuideYouTube video shares best practices for retailers concerned about COVID-19, tips to sanitizing your store, and how to keep your employees and customers healthy.


For ordering and product information, call a Williams Trading Co. Sales Representative at 800-423-8587 or visit www.williamstradingco.com  For drop shipment and e-commerce support please visit https://dropship.williamstradingco.com/

Williams Trading Co. is a full line Adult Wholesale Distributor with over 40 years of excellence in the industry, carrying over 20,000 different items, with new products added weekly. Check out www.williamstradingco.com for its simple and effective online ordering system, backed by a knowledgeable sales staff. Over the years the company has expanded to offer direct drop-shipping services for online retailers, with the launch of  https://dropship.williamstradingco.com/.

Williams Trading Co. leads as the first adult distributor offering free e-learning for all new and existing customers. Williams Trading University is a free e-learning program available exclusively to existing and new Williams Trading Co. accounts. Since its inception, there have been over 105,000 e-learning course completions and the number is still growing.  Online courses are available 24 hours/7 days per week at www.wtulearn.com.

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