As clubs across the US open their doors once again in these coming weeks, a new environment will greet club guests. There will likely be distance requirements, new ways to communicate with staff and entertainers, new ways to check IDs at your door, etc.
Luckily, the industry has no shortage of vendors and supports that have attended Expo and participated in the ED Webcon on Tuesday, May 12.
Joining the Webcon were:
Caressa of Pole Position, Dino from IDScan.net, Chris Dvornick of SafariSun/GentClubShirts.com, Andy Craig of Nalpac, and Briana Watkins of MDScience Lab/Swiss Navy.
Pole Position is an app designed specifically for club entertainers. In April, Bucks Club Dallas utilized the app to reach its entertainers for help with its own food drives.
“The biggest tool as far as COVID is the communication,” Caressa said. “Once your dancers are in the app, you can send a blast notification out to your entertainers at any given point in time.”
Caressa pointed to how Bucks was able to communicate easily and effectively with the entertainers regarding the situation around the food missions, the club’s reopening and new policies and procedures.
Have to postpone an opening? Want to relay some new info? Pole Position has you covered.
“That way you don’t have to send a million messages out to all of the social media platforms and text messaging,” Caressa said. “It’s all right there on the app.”
Pole Position can also be used to create booking schedules or capping the number of entertainers, which can be especially useful with clubs having to operate with a reduced crew to follow social distancing protocols.
IDScan.net is a software company that specializes in ID scanning solutions, with developments in data capture to age verification to facial recognition. IDScan.net can also be used to facilitate guest and employee records via cloud storage.
“The reason we’ve been stuck around is because we stayed innovative,” said Papich. “Unfortunate times like this do present a certain opportunity to evolve this technology.”
IDScan.net features handheld scanners to reduce contact between staff and guests. And whereas guests could have been previously categorized on preferences, they’ll be able to be sorted if they’re sick or not, potentially based on a quick temperature read.
He also touched on contact tracing, attempting to identify people that may come in contact with an infected person to contain further spread.
“There’s a lot more to come about in the next couple of weeks,” said Papich, “but we want to hear your thoughts and see what we can do and focus on to help everyone reopen faster, safer and efficiently.”
Nalpac is one of the largest wholesaler of adult pleasure products, so some clubs are already familiar with the name. But since COVID-19, the company is looking at the field of personal protection equipment, not just for adult stores but clubs as well.
Presently, the company is offering masks, two hand sanitizers (1 gallon and 16 oz. spray), vinyl gloves and some industrial disinfectant. They will offer masks soon, made from spandex and nylon, that wick moisture akin to a Nike shirt.
“We have your COVID kit to get things operational,” said Nalpac COO Andy Craig, “given that things as far as cleaning products are so sparse. We started off getting items for us to reopen our warehouse and the customer demand was so strong we ended up bringing in larger quantities. We’re happy to supply anyone.”
A longtime exhibitor and friend of the industry, Chris Dvornick of SafariSun/GentClubShirts.com admitted he’s also shifting the gears of production.
“Most of you guys know us for doing t-shirts and hats and things like that,” Dvornick said. “We’re in the mask business now.”
Dvornick said his company is now producing polyester face masks in two sizes: small/medium and large/XL. They also have wiring for the nose bridge and are also customizable, including 15 stock designs ready for your logo. (Editor’s note: Dvornick said the masks are not FDA approved but do meet the CDC-recommended guidelines for cloth coverings)
“Anything that you want on here, photos of entertainers, photos of the club — pretty much anything you want (on the face mask) you can put on there,” he said. “There’s been a lot of interest in them.”
MDScience Lab/Swiss Navy
Swiss Navy is another adult retail vendor — known for its personal lubricant — that has been forced to adapt. Now the lube producer is setting its sights on hand sanitizer and sanitizing gels.
“(Sanitizer) is going to be the way forward. It’s going to be a household staple and a staple in everybody’s cars,” said Watkins, advising Webcon attendees to be vigilant in their choice of sanitizers. “I want to make sure everyone is safe.”
She pointed out if a product doesn’t say ‘kills 99.9% of germs,’ it’s not considered a legal hand sanitizer. Swiss Navy’s products — currently they have two versions of sanitizer — are OTC registered, meaning they have the backing of the FDA.
“I know there’s a lot of sanitizers out there,” she said. “You want to make sure you’re getting your hands on the right one.”
Dino Papich, IDScan.net
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Chris Dvornick, Safari Sun/GentClubShirts.com
Briana Watkins, MD Science Lab/Swiss Navy