How are jewellers ensuring the safety of buyers amid the pandemic?

After months of staying indoors due to strict regulations, people are slowly beginning to step out for work or even leisure. As the nationwide ‘unlock’ gets underway, retail shops are opening up. From installing sanitisation stalls to making virtual shopping a reality, let’s look at how top jewellery brands in the country are attempting to make the gold buying experience safe and secure.

1. In-store safety
Jewellery stores across the country have adopted various measures to make it safe for you to visit your favourite jewellery stores .To maintain the sanctity of the gold jewellery buying process, Tanishq, a popular jewellery store from the Tata group, has introduced certain ‘Gold Standard’ safety measures:

* You can call and book an appointment before visiting any of the flagship stores. You will have to fill a form and clarify whether you would like to visit the store or buy gold jewellery through a video call. Once the appointment has been booked, the respective store manager will call and confirm the appointment. At the store, based on your preferences, a carefully curated jewellery selection will be presented to you.

* When you arrive at the store, the guard also opens the door for you, the handle of which is sanitised hourly. The main door is equipped with a foot disinfectant for sanitising your footwear before you enter the store.

* In case you have a vehicle, the valet either shows you the way or offers to park your car for you. Your car keys will then be sanitised.

* To safeguard you as well as store employees, all staff members wear gloves and masks, and all stores are disinfected multiple times during the day. They also carry their own hand sanitisers. Before customers enter the store premises, a security guard offers them sanitisers, masks, and gloves as well.

* Once inside, a Retail Sales Officer will offer you a seat according to a pre-decided seating plan that adheres to social distancing norms. Individual service trays are used to keep jewellery pieces after each customer trial. The officers will also sanitise the jewellery before and after each use, as well as counters and display cases, using UVC chambers and other measures.

* To ensure social distancing, certain sections within the stores are blocked off. Fewer salespersons are present in the store, and there would usually be only one salesperson attending to you at a time.

* During billing, the cash counter will have marked areas to ensure you do not stand too close to other customers.

1. Virtual gold buying
To make jewellery shopping safer, jewellers across India have revamped the jewellery buying experience. But this has also created a lot of opportunities for jewellery buying to become more interesting.

Many jewellers have an online edition available, while others have added new and innovative facilities within their physical stores. Using new-age technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), jewellers have made the online shopping experience as personal and intimate as it would be in a physical store.

a . Tanishq stores lets you buy gold jewellery through video calls. Once you book and confirm a slot, the Sales Officers will help personalise your digital shopping experience in real-time. Any queries you might have will also be resolved during the live video session. Different product placement mats and lighting is used to showcase jewellery so you can get a good look at your chosen pieces. If you choose to call them on WhatsApp, an in-house salesperson will wear the jewellery and use a magnifying glass to help you see the details up close.

b . PC Jewellers, Kalyan Jewellers and Amrapali Jewels have partnered with StyleDotMe to launch an industry-first retail experience. Tanishq’s partnership has led to the creation of the Tanishq x MirrAR Zero Inventory Experience Zone. Currently open at New Delhi and Bengaluru airports, this virtual jewellery try-on experience hosts over 200 designs and is presented through an AR-based platform called mirrAR. Eliminating the need to physically hold the jewellery reduces risks and makes your ‘Virtual Try and Buy’ experience extremely safe.

c . CaratLane, a Tanishq partner, has introduced the‘Virtual Try On’ app on Google Play for Android and the App Store for iOS. Once downloaded, you can try more than 3000 designs available on the platform. A 3D virtual view allows you to explore the design details on the gold jewellery. You can share the virtual looks with your friends, shop on-the-go, and save up to 25% on your shopping.

d . CKC Jewellers gives you a real-time online shopping option, where you can book a slot and interact with the retail team while they show you the jewellery options in detail. You can buy jewellery on-the-go and it will be delivered at your doorstep within 2-3 days.

e . Irasva allows you tobook an appointment for a one-on-one video consultation with in-house experts to select your jewellery from the comfort of your home.

Gold shopping during the pandemic must adhere to stringent health policies and store rules, ensuring that all social distancing norms are being implemented. With the festive season right around the corner, technological advancements will make virtual gold shopping more riveting and exciting, without compromising on your safety. You can choose to go to the retail store, assured of your safety, or you can simply pick your favourite gold jewellery from the comfort of your homes.