Compressed hours extend local shopping

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aroundM21
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Compressed hours extend local shopping

Postby aroundM21 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:09 pm

An interesting report in yesterday's Guardian about compressing hours - ie 40-hour week in 4 days. In particular Iowa state tried it for some time with good feedback to save money, but also found people more productive.

Isn't this ideal for local shops to attract more working customers ?

For example, a shop currently opening 9-5 6 days per week (ie total 48 hours) could instead open 8-8 4 days per week to attract commuters at both ends of the day.
Or a shop currently opening 9-6 6 days plus 10-4 Sundays (ie total 60 hours) could instead open 8-8 5 days per week, or 8-8 3 days plus 2 days of 6 hours each.

Same employment and staff costs, less travel, but attract more clients.

Or is it really the case that 9-11am weekdays are a hive of activity that I'm missing ;+)

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