With the outbreak of the NOVEL Coronavirus (COVIO-29) pandemic, the entire world is going through a period, unlike anything we have ever seen. In the face of this health crisis which is playing out at Global scale, each one of us and our families are at great risk. I have to say am worried not only for myself and my family, but also for each member of Tuskys stakeholders. Here at Tuskys, we are placing the health and safety of our people and that of our customers as our top priority, We wiil also remain compliant to the directives issued by the governments in our areas of operation.
We have mobilized a response team that is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The response team is enacting a business continuity plan and undertaking various scenario planning initiatives to consider and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 across our operations.
In an abundance of caution and in alignment with recommendations from health organizations, we have provided precautionary guidance to our staff and customers. We have partnered with AAR, Amref Heath Africa Kenya to provide onground health education and awareness support at Tuskys Supermarkets to staff and customers. This will be delivered through community health workers (CHWs) stationed at Tuskys branches countrywide to sensitize and educate staff and clients about the virus and the relevant prevention measures.
We have also unveiled a home delivery service in conjunction with Sendy, a local logistics solutions provider. The home delivery will see Tuskys customers make grocery purchases online via a WhatsApp, or regular sms solution and have them delivered to their doorsteps, hence avoiding crowded areas.
However, even with all the efforts that Government and companies are putting in place, I feel that very tough times lie ahead for businesses, individuals and households. The measures put together will not be enough to cushion all businesses and families. Again during this time concentrating on our jobs and ensuring continuity, will be harder than ever. In this period of great uncertainty, we shall have to continue taking short term decisions as the situation unfolds. We shall apply the resources at our disposal as efficiently as possible. All non-business critical expenditure will have to be suspended. |
I urge all of us to take a look at their personal and household expenditure and cut all unnecessary lines. Businesses will have to do the same, We shall have to be prepared to offer assistance to those in need at this critical time.
Personally, I have today informed the board of Tuskys, that I will take a pay cut of 20% of my salary effective this month (March 2020); for a period of six months. This decision is in view of the difficult circumstances that I see lying ahead, for the business and all our stakeholders, especially our customers and staff. You can reach me anytime on the JKLP engage platform.
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