ALSO has reopened its offices after European governments begin to ease lockdown restrictions.
The distributor announced today that it has restarted its business globally, with offices across the globe reopening and its employees returning to work.
ALSO claims that its staff have gradually begun to return to the office with its domestic Swiss workforce acting as a blueprint for the rest of the business.
In what the distributor describes as a "phased programme", each country will see groups of staff return to work on a rotating basis, according to guidelines that take each employees personal situation into account.
Security measures will also be put in place as its employees return to the office. ALSO said it will monitor the body temperatures of its employees and provide them with protective face masks.
ALSO stressed that it is reopening its offices based on the recommendations and advice of national governments.
ALSO CEO Gustavo Möller-Hergt said: "The demand in recent weeks shows that businesses, schools and society need the IT sector now more than ever. Corona has proved how flexible and powerful the company is. But it also showed how important personal contact and cross-departmental network is. We will therefore gradually increase the presence in the offices. Our highest priority is the safety and health of people."
Distributors across Europe have implemented remote working across their operations as a health and safety precaution against the coronavirus. Esprinet, Tech Data and Ingram Micro have all taken measures to protect staff with work from home measures while also ensuring customers that it is still conducting business as usual.
ALSO's decision to reopen its offices comes after governments in several major economies in Europe decided to ease lockdown restrictions as the COVID-19 risk begins to subside. Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this month announced that small shops and schools will start to reopen but social distancing rules will remain in place.
France and the Netherlands have meanwhile committed to reopen primary schools next month, with Spain allowing children under 14 to go out of their homes for the first time as its comparatively strict lockdown comes to an end.
Italy will meanwhile reopen parks, factories and building sites next week, with bars and restaurants reopening for takeaway services only. Schools will not resume until September.
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