Kroger said unprecedented demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak sparked a surge in sales during March, and added it is waiting to see what new shopping patterns will emerge after the pandemic. The company plans to increase pay for its hourly workers by $2 an hour through April 18.
Amazon has reportedly chosen Irvine, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles, as the site for its second concept grocery after announcing the first in nearby Woodland Hills. Amazon has posted job openings for the new store and also secured a liquor license as "Amazon Fresh," the same name as its grocery delivery service.
Looking to make life easier for health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, a Giant Eagle store near Pittsburgh is setting aside specific times for them to pick up online grocery orders. The grocer said health care workers can order online using a special link provided to their employers, then take advantage of special curbside pickup hours between 7 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. daily.
Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass is giving up her $1.4 million salary to help offset the impact of store closures caused by the ongoing pandemic. The company has been forced to furlough a significant portion of its staff while stores are closed, but says they will still receive health benefits while they are not working.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra took the lead on the idea of using idle factories to produce ventilators and other much-needed medical supplies to assist in the coronavirus fight, suggesting the move to the federal administration in mid-March. Automakers across the US have shut down plants amid outbreak fears, and both GM and Ford are now producing ventilators in their factories.
Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.
Wegmans Food Markets and Wakefern Food Corp. have joined other grocers around the nation in adding new employees to cope with the disruptive demands caused by the coronavirus outbreak at stores and warehouses. Wegmans said it plans to fill 900 part- and full-time jobs in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and while not giving specific numbers, Wakefern also announced a "major hiring push."
Like grocers, convenience stores are reporting growing demand during the coronavirus outbreak as more shoppers turn to them for grocery staples. A new survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores shows more than half of the responding stores said grocery sales have increased, and 99% reported they have enhanced cleaning protocols to keep up with the rash of new customers and to help slow the spread of the virus.
ShopRite, Stop & Shop and Big Y are some of the Connecticut grocers that have begun to cap the number of shoppers in their stores at a time to help with social distancing. The Connecticut Food Association is urging stores throughout the state to follow similar guidelines.
After an anonymous donor provided 3,300 free digital thermometers, Utah-based Harmons Grocery has started distributing the FDA-approved devices to families that need them to check for fevers, a common indicator of coronavirus infection. The giveaway is happening at eight of the grocer's stores and Harmons President and CEO Dean Peterson said, "[W]e hope that making a thermometer available to families that don't have one will help them in their efforts to monitor the health of their loved ones."
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