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4 wayfinding signage solutions for event venues

Large crowds and big events usually go hand-in-hand. Use effective signage and wayfinding solutions to ensure positive visitor experiences. You wouldn’t want your venue to become infamous for a poor customer experience. Using signage in a queue space will help unlock a normally untapped stream of revenue generation. Occupied time is preferable to unoccupied time: […]

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Ultimate Guide to queuing barriers 2022

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Welcome to our ultimate guide on queuing barriers, designed to help you find the right barrier for your company or organisation. Inventors of the original retractable queue barriers At Tensator, we are the inventors of the original retractable barrier. Our barrier systems allow you to enhance your space with one […]

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Signage and Wayfinding Solutions – A Queuevolution

Signage and Wayfinding Solutions – A Queuevolution Promotional and wayfinding signage is essential to any business. From stadium signage designed to improve visitor wayfinding, to totem signage which can highlight information at the beginning, middle, and end of queues. By utilising wayfinding and business signage, you can display clear messages to pedestrians to speed up […]

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Tensabarrier® Barriers – how visitor attractions use them to ease visitor flow

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes The Met Office is predicting ‘warmer-than-average’ conditions for the time of year over the next few months, meaning we could be in for a glorious (and even an Indian) summer. In fact, at the time of writing, I can see that the sun is shining and the temperature is nudging […]

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 Estimated reading time: 11 minutes  Buying cheap queue barriers always seems like a good idea at the time. After all, it’s just a queuing barrier, why would you want to spend any more money than you have to? Well… The snags you hit after you buy cheap queue barrier systems or retractable queue barriers lead […]

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Keeping Pedestrians Safe using Event Barriers At Sporting Events in 2022

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Significant disruption The COVID‐19 pandemic has resulted in the most significant disruption to the world’s sporting calendar since the Second World War, with numerous sports events canceled or postponed across the world.  Rules have now been relaxed Now, the rules have now been relaxed, with Wales being the last of […]

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Manage Airport Hazards and Risks To Keep Passengers Safe

Manage Airport Hazards and Risks with Tensator® Products Minimising the number of airport hazards and risks for passengers and staff is vital in airports. Identifying the types of hazards in a location is crucial to maintaining airport safety and security. But what is a hazard? Hazards in a workplace or a domestic location can range […]

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5 Best Ways To Make Your Queuing Systems Winter Ready

5 Best Ways To Make Your Queuing Systems Winter Ready The leaves are beginning to drop and Autumn is beginning to turn to Winter and the nights are drawing in. With the holidays fast approaching, more people are going to be out celebrating with friends and family. If you run a hospitality venue or retail […]

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How to increase foot traffic in retail and boost sales this Black Friday

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes This year’s Black Friday, which falls on 26 November, is likely to be the first major test of the recovery in the Retail sector since the pandemic. Despite being a mainly American notion, it has become a firmly established event in the retail calendar in many countries around the world […]

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Are self‐checkouts a win for the customer or the retailer?

Self‐checkouts are clearly all about giving customers more choice, speed and convenience while reducing queuing times and staff hours. Additionally, they reduce the potential for human error by calculating change automatically. Some studies show not all shoppers like them, either because they find automated tills confusing, or because they prefer interacting with a real person. […]

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Tensator is now ISO 9001 certified

Leading the customer journey since 1881 through innovative queue management solutions, Tensator has been awarded with ISO accreditation 9001 in quality management systems (QMS), Tensator’s third accreditation to date. For any organisation to be successful it must ensure it operates efficiently and delivers quality products or services to its customers. At Tensator we are committed […]

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How to successfully implement a retractable barrier system

You know effective queue management is one of your business’ fundamentals. Successfully implementing a retractable barrier system can improve safety, ease your customers’ ‘queue anxiety, speed up throughput and get your cash registers ringing. But what is the best way to attack this strategy? Here at Tensator, our expertise goes further than manufacturing world-class queue […]

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Queuing 60’s Style – How Lawrence Metal Posts Helped to Control Crowds During 1964 World’s Fair

This year marks 140 years of the Lawrence® brand so we’re looking back to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, where the Lawrence® post and rope truly made its mark, helping one of the largest World’s Fairs in history to manage crowds effectively! CONCERNS FOR CROWD CONTROL AT THE 1964 WORLD’S FAIR World’s Fair […]

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How To Effectively Reopen Your Tourist Attraction

So, you’re planning the re-opening of your tourist attractions to hundreds and thousands of visitors. But are you taking all of these steps to make sure you’re not only COVID safe but that you stay efficient? Queue-flow management Wayfinding and clear signage COVID-19 safety measures Staying in-brand Find out more about creating a COVID safe […]

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Theme Park Queue Management – Preparing Tourist Attractions For Re-opening After Lockdown

As far as Covid-19 is concerned, there’s no such thing as ‘short-term measures’ for your business anymore. Many tourist attractions, like theme parks, famous landmarks and exhibits need to prepare for reopening in the spring season when national lockdown restrictions ease. And this preparation needs to accommodate a longer-term view. Restrictions on the way your […]

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Tensator celebrates 140th Anniversary of Lawrence® Brand

Lawrence® is well known for its range of elegant post and velvet rope stanchions, that are renowned for their quality, reliability, and style. Originally created in a metalworking shop in Manhattan, the stylish and distinctive products have been guiding people through waiting spaces since 1881 – proving elegance is still essential to today’s reception environments.  Each post model is crafted to provide attractive & versatile […]

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5 benefits of queue management systems

Having good queue management procedures in place can make a real difference to any customer-facing environment. Whilst the world is aims to exit global pandemic, it highlighted the need for effective queue management. As well as continuing to ensure your customers feel safe and remain socially distanced where necessary there are other benefits of queue […]

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COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with your customers’ confidence. A PWC UK survey conducted in November 2020 showed that consumer confidence had fallen to -10 on their index – a huge fall of 13 points, compared to December 2019’s +3 index score. In this post, we’re going to run through 7 top COVID-19 queue solutions/social distancing […]

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5 Top Tips To Effectively Manage Outdoor Queuing

How can you effectively manage outdoor queuing, in all conditions? Since the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor queuing has become more of a regular occurrence than ever, but that’s not to say shoppers didn’t do it before and won’t be doing it after.  During busy retail periods such as Christmas and January sales, thousands of people descend […]

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7 ways to improve customer flow management

Customer flow management is the practice of effectively guiding and overseeing the movement of people around a customer-facing environment. This could be a queue in a grocery store or a piece of signage directing passengers in an airport. No matter the industry, it’s how queues are dealt with that becomes the issue, rather than the […]

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