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Retail Insurance

Retail Insurance. Retail business insurance protects you against liabilities like customer slips and falls, property damage, theft, and employee injuries and illnesses.

What Is Retail Insurance?

There are a million retail businesses in the US market that interact with customers daily. Some have a chain of stores while some carry out business independently. Retail shop owners may face several exposures, considering the influx of customers. As a retail shop owner, you need insurance coverage that is tailored for your line of work and covers as many potential loss situations as possible.

Retail Insurance includes several types of policies together to keep retail business owners protected from financial catastrophes. Approach our insurance agents for a fine-tuned program to meet your insurance needs. It is usually a combination of:

  • General Liability Insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Commercial Auto Insurance
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Business Income Insurance
  • Cyber and Privacy Act Insurance
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Risks Involved

Being aware of the following primary risks should convince most retail business owners to purchase this insurance:

Your bakery uses eggs past their expiration date causing customers who ate your products baked with the old eggs to get sick with food-borne illness.  Your bakery’s reputation is harmed.  If you carry coverage for foodborne illness, this type of coverage has built-in limits to defend your reputation and expenses to hire public relations professionals to manage and improve your reputation in your community.

Fraud risks in retail businesses usually arise when a customer pays using counterfeit money or credit cards. Your store has a loss for the  goods purchased using a bad payment method. Getting crime insurance included in your business package policy or a monoline crime policy will respond to incidents of counterfeit and fraud.

A major water damage incident in your shop ruins the contents of your store such as a computers. point of sales system, fixtures and stock for sale. The absence of property insurance could burn a hole in your pocket to replace all damaged contents. The loss to your contents and goods can be recovered if you have business property insurance for certain types of water damage claims.

In case an employee suffers a back injury while unloading boxes from the truck, your workers’ compensation insurance will pay for a percentage of lost wages and medical expenses.

A customer comes into your store when it has been raining all morning.  The store does not have an entrance carpet to absorb the water, no precautionary orange cone or flag is displayed to warn customers that the floor is wet and more importantly no one has mopped and dried the floors.  Next thing you know, an elderly customer has fallen and broke her hip, needing to be rushed to the ER. Your general liability will protect you from the legal costs of defense and court-awarded judgments.

Recommended Policies

Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)

BOP for retail businesses is a combination of:

  • General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance will protect retailers from third-party claims of alleged bodily injuries or property damage. In case of a slip and fall on the wet floor, or if a customer damages their phone because they fell, these would be handled under your premises general liability insurance.

  • Commercial Property Insurance

This type of insurance will protect your shop and the contents or stock held for sale.  In this case, if your computer system gets damaged due to  a sudden water leakage problem, your commercial property insurance may pay for the repairs depending on the cause of damage.

  • Business Income Insurance

Business Income Insurance mainly covers lost income due to the suspension of operations. For example, a fire burns down your clothing store. The business  shuts down due to the damage from the fire and you either need to wait for the store to be rebuilt or you need to relocate your business temporarily or permanently. Your Business Income Insurance will cover the lost income and if you also opted for extra expense coverage, it would even pay the cost to relocate your store.

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Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is mandated in most all states. The insurance covers a percentage of lost wages, medical expenses, or death benefits for the employees provided the injury or death is a result of workplace mishaps.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Most all retail stores whether chains or independent, own a commercial vehicle to transport goods. Commercial Auto Insurance provides coverage for auto accident bodily injury and property damage liability, comprehensive and collision damage to owned vehicles, additional medical payments, and accidents involving uninsured motorists. For example, if your driver collides with a car and injures the passenger in the other car causing serious injury that will prevent that person working for a long period of rehabilitation, this insurance will provide defense for the company and the driver as well as payment of the bodily injury liability and loss of income settlement to  the injured party.

State Licensing And Liability Coverage

Most states have some sort of financial responsibility requirements to register a vehicle for legal use on public roadways. Most people meet this requirement by purchasing insurance.  The coverage and limits required to vary by state and there are coverage options to choose from that exceed state requirements.

Comprehensive Costs

Retail Insurance is too broad to zero in on a range. Each business demands unique coverage depending on the following factors that dictate the comprehensive cost of your insurance:

  • Annual Revenue
  • Location of the store
  • Type of Retail Products and Services offered
  • Number of employees & annual payroll
  • Business equipment or automobiles used in the business
  • Building characteristics
  • Replacement cost values of property insured

Who Benefits?

All retail stores regardless of the size benefit from this insurance. Our agents will analyze your business needs and recommend the best-suited policies to shield your business from the brunt of financial loss. Any store that directly sells goods and services to the final customer such as specialty stores, department stores, supermarkets, appliance stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, drug stores, etc. will benefit from Retail Insurance.

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