Veggies Unlimited have EcoShields installed at their cash registers. Picture: Rainee Shepperson
Veggies Unlimited have EcoShields installed at their cash registers. Picture: Rainee Shepperson

Coronavirus sparks idea for innovative new product

A MACKAY business is using the effects of the coronavirus crisis to ramp up their innovation skills.

The team at Linked Group Services are not letting a few cancelled jobs get in their way of running a successful company.

In fact, the Paget business has used social distancing as the inspiration behind their newest product.

The EcoShield is allowing businesses across the region to continue to operate in a safe, hazard-free work environment.

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Posted by Linked Group Services on Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Custom-made from perspex and aluminium framing, the shields are installed to create a barrier between the cashier and customer at shops.

Linked Group Services co-owner Jason Sharam said a client had requested something that could allow them to keep working safely. This then sparked the idea for the EcoShield.

“They are easy to make, they shield both the clients and the customer and we can custom-make them so you can pass things through underneath,” he said. “Our first customer was a professional hand masseuse who wanted to continue working but in a way that was safe for herself and her clients.”

Mr Sharam said the business had already installed EchoShields for about 12 clients, but more requests were coming in every day.

Mackay store Veggies Unlimited had three installed and retail manager Zetta Bernard said they gave staff some peace of mind.

Veggies Unlimited have EcoShields installed at their cash registers. Pictured (Zetta Bernard and Delia Hoffman). Picture: Rainee Shepperson.
Veggies Unlimited have EcoShields installed at their cash registers. Pictured (Zetta Bernard and Delia Hoffman). Picture: Rainee Shepperson.

“We think they are great. We can come to work and feel safe knowing there is a barrier between us and our customers,” she said.

“We can still chat to them while we serve them, but there is less risk of germs spreading.”

Other businesses have jumped on the EcoShield bandwagon, including local butcheries, The Cheesecake Shop and Friendly Care Pharmacy.

The sense of “ease” staff felt once having the shield installed was immense, Mr Sharam said.

Linked Group Services also offer innovative energy solutions for businesses that want to be self-sufficient and operate completely off the grid.

The Linked Group office and workshop are an example of this, running completely off solar and ­batteries.

“I think with everything that is going on, people want to have reliable power and be as self-sufficient as possible,” Mr Sharam said.

To inquire about EcoShields or alternative energy solutions, call Linked Group Services on 4998 5300 or message the business on Facebook.



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