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Four ways robots will transform retail operations in 2021 Robotics

Robotics deployment in retail environments has seen steady growth over the past couple of years, demonstrating not only their value and efficacy but also delivering a solid ROI.

The COVID-19 health crisis has accelerated this trend, so much so that in 2021 technologies such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) will begin to have a transformational impact in the retail sector, according to Michel Spruijt, VP & General Manager of Brain Corp Europe.

This article offers four predictions for how these advanced technologies are positioned to help shape the retail landscape in 2021 and beyond.
Global Hygiene Institute to promote behaviour that improves global hygieneLaboratory

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) announced the launch of a global initiative to generate high-quality, scientific research-based evidence to inform public health recommendations and promote behaviour that improves global hygiene.

The Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) is a public health research and innovation hub that will bridge epidemiology, public health, and behavioural insights to generate practical, high-quality scientific research that leads to enduring behaviour change.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed public health to the top of the global agenda. At RB, we see the need for a new paradigm that brings together the highest quality scientific-based evidence and informed public health recommendations to generate largescale behaviour change for a cleaner, healthier world", said RB CEO Laxman Narasimhan.
New dates for Cleantex Africa 2021 exhibitionCleantex

Recent developments worldwide relating to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a consultative decision by the organisers of Africa's leading trade show for professional cleaning and hygiene to be rescheduled to a summer season time slot.

The Cleantex Africa exhibition will now take place from 2 – 4 November 2021 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. "The decision to change the dates for this event addresses two issues, firstly to move from a traditional winter season event to a summer period and secondly, to co-locate a major drawcard, the SAPCA Cleantex Summit, to add a conference element, thereby further bolstering the attendance.

The SAPCA Cleantex Summit is a collaboration between Cleantex and the South African Pest Control Association aimed at discussing industry issues and to build consensus on lessons learned and best ways forward in controlling the spread of pandemics such as COVID-19," said exhibition director Johann van Vuuren.
National Minimum Wage 2021 increaseMinister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi has announced that the National Minimum Wage for each ordinary hour worked will, as of March 2021, increase from R20.76 to R21.69.

The National Minimum Wage Act was first proclaimed in 2018, setting a historic precedent in the protection of low-earning (vulnerable) workers in South Africa and provided a platform for reducing inequality and huge disparities in income in the national labour market.

The National Minimum Wage was first implemented on 1 January 2019 at a level of R20 per hour.

Refer to the area A,B and C minimum wage rates detailed in the MarchApril issue
Campaign aims to restore Johannesburg's sparklePreviously, visitors to the City of Johannesburg were awed by the shiny skyscrapers; however, now they are taken aback by the graffiti and grime that strangles the city. In an effort to combat this, city authorities are slowly but surely reclaiming the streets that have lost their lustre as a result of free-flowing litter through the KleenaJoburg campaign.

For over a year, the city has been leading a coordinated effort of identifying litter hotspots, educating businesses and residents against the dangers of dumping refuse, and cleaning up and leaving the spots litter-free.

Led by the Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo, and the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Mpho Moerane, the #KleenaJoburg campaign has been addressing service delivery in all seven regions.

A budget of R10 million has been set aside to rollout the campaign. The overarching intent is to create a clean and liveable city that attracts investment.
Cleaning your facility is just the first step – communication makes it impactfulZoom-Meeting

Facility managers everywhere can play an important role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 but, if they want building occupants to know their health and safety are taken seriously, they must also communicate their efforts.

For this reason, many facility managers have begun to let building occupants and visitors know about cleaning protocols via emails, SMSes, posted signage, and other methods.

For example, at health clubs and gyms, facility managers aren't just leaving out cleaning supplies like they once did. Rather, they are now including directions on how to properly use the items, as well as asking people to document when they have wiped down a surface.

These communication changes happened within a short time frame, and they are likely to continue.
People want information. If a facility manager neglects to stay in contact with stakeholders about cleaning routines, those stakeholders may become frustrated, worried, or even unnerved.
Preventing linen loss in healthcare and hospitality industriesScrubs

Linen loss is a common occurrence in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Linens refer to sheets, bedding, towels, and cleaning cloths, as well as hospitality and medical uniforms.

In the United States, linen losses account for more than $840 million dollars in the healthcare industry alone. Exact figures for the hospitality industry are harder to determine, since there are large hotel chains, independent franchises, cruise ships, and other such operations under the hospitality umbrella, but it is most likely just as much, if not more than the healthcare industry.

Prudential Overall Supply which specialises in uniform supply, rental and laundering offers a closer look at how to combat the scourge of linen loss in the healthcare and hospitality sectors.
Celebrating 15 years of improving the environment ACC Group

Integrated cleaning specialist African Corporate Cleaning celebrated their
15-year anniversary during February.

Since its beginnings as an automotive cleaning contractor to three motor vehicle dealerships, African Corporate Cleaning has grown to a base of more than 100 diverse clients with more than 200 sites and now employs over 600 trained cleaning staff.

The company provides a mature offering, encompassing professional services in corporate cleaning, food safety, logistics and distribution centres, hygiene, pest control as well as window and solar panel cleaning.
Cleaning industry changes brought about by COVID-19Cleaning

If there's one thing we have learned in the last several months, it's that the approach to cleaning has changed for the long term, if not forever. Going shopping, eating at a restaurant, or attending an event will have everyone judging whether a space is clean and safe from germs that may impact our health.

And, while these factors are impacting all of us personally on a daily basis, businesses are also responding and changing their cleaning protocols to help ensure their visitors are safe and comfortable.

The information on proper protocols and regulations changes on a regular basis, which means we don't have all of the answers now, and may not in the near future.

The important thing is that businesses remain flexible and adapt to ensure safety. US cleaning equipment manufacturer Tennant highlights 3 ways in which cleaning changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New flexible hygienic wall bracket solutionVikan 1013

The world's leading supplier of hygienic cleaning tools and systems for the food and beverage industry and other hygiene-sensitive environments Vikan, recently launched a new cleaning-tool storage solution – the Hi-Flex Wall Bracket System.

This system, which consists of four separate products, is intended for use in food processing plants, industrial kitchens, supermarkets, restaurants, canteens and other facilities where food and beverages are produced, processed, served or sold.
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dedicated hygiene, cleaning and facility maintenance trade magazine, published by
e-squared publications for more than 20 years.

African Cleaning Review is published alternative monthly together with an annual Buyer's Guide and distributed to end users, building service contractors, multi-service providers and other key institutional sectors including government, healthcare, education, retail centres, hospitality, food processing, industrial and commercial cleaning, architects, quantity surveyors, property owners, facility management and general manufacturing.

African Cleaning Review is supported and endorsed by all major industry associations, is a member of the world-wide cleaning industry association (ISSA) and currently distribute magazines to subscribers in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana and the Seychelles.

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Amended SANS 490 provides greater and more detailed requirements for hand sanitisers and hand rubsThe South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has published the amendments to the national standard, SANS 490 that specifies the requirements for all
alcohol-based hand sanitisers and hand rubs in the
form of liquids, gels, foams and aerosols.

These changes have been driven by global guidelines such as the requirements specified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and locally by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The amended SANS 490 was published in October
2020 and is freely available on the SABS website.
GBAC STAR Service Accreditation for cleaning companiesThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, has launched the GBAC STAR™ Service Accreditation Program for building service contractors (BSCs) and other outsourced cleaning service providers.

The newest member of the GBAC STAR portfolio, GBAC STAR Service accreditation provides third-party validation of a cleaning service as well as information regarding the provider's cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention protocols and procedures. "Building service contractors are on the frontlines of cleaning, disinfecting, and infection prevention of facilities during the pandemic, and many are looking for ways to promote their expertise," said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger.
How to improve surface cleaning in your restaurantCleaning in your Restaurant
Surface hygiene is, of course, an important pillar of food safety and customer perceptions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) emphasises that restaurants and bars should clean and disinfect frequently touched areas "at least daily, and as much as possible".

Meanwhile, a recent survey found that 57 percent of customers would feel more comfortable in restaurants where retailers and operators regularly and visibly wipe down tables, kiosks, and other objects that people touch. Working surfaces always need to be ready to use.

When it comes to surface cleaning, it is, of course, not only how you do it – but where. This includes the kitchen, the front-of-the-house, and the washrooms. First, it's important to understand the differences between cleaning, sanitising, and disinfecting, according to Tork, an Essity brand.
Clean facilities – helping to combat the spread of infectionBrightwell

Effective cleaning regimes need to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned with the correct cleaning solution and equipment. Any frequently touched surfaces including food preparation areas, washrooms and door handles need to be cleaned regularly to limit the spread of germs and prevent cross-contamination.

Using the right cleaning chemicals is crucial in killing bacteria and reducing the spread of germs and bacteria that lead to harmful illnesses. A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that regular cleaning will help to eliminate coronavirus.

It is also important to remember that as well as using the correct chemical, the right dosage is just as important. Chemical dilution systems work by ensuring quality results and reducing waste by diluting and dispensing chemicals accurately when required.

A chemical dispensing system is a piece of equipment that doses or dilutes a given chemical at the point of use, by the end-user. Chemical dispensers achieve the balance between sustaining human resources, cost, and the environment so that businesses remain competitive and profitable.
Need to know facts about inlet supply for high-pressure pumpsHigh Pressure

High-pressure cleaning is a versatile solution of employing relatively low-tech technology to produce a concentrated jet of hot or cold water to remove dirt and grime from surfaces, with or without chemicals.

Keeping your high-pressure system in optimum condition is especially crucial for those businesses operating high-pressure washers on a daily basis.

This article by Hawk Pumps, manufacturers of a range of quality high-pressure pumps, shares some technical tips on managing the crucial element of a high-pressure pump's inlet supply.

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