Home Depot is giving thermometers to all store and distribution center staffers and asking them to take their temperatures and check for fevers before each shift. The retailer is also limiting the number of shoppers allowed in each store at once to 100 and expanding paid sick time for older and higher-risk employees.
Zoom, which has seen explosive growth in use of its videoconferencing service in recent weeks, will stop adding features for three months as it addresses privacy and security issues, CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post Wednesday. Yuan also promised to be more transparent regarding law enforcement data requests.
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.
Home cooks can trade that jumbled collection of pot and pan lids, as well as the various-sized slippery, floppy silicone covers, for a single Zwilling universal lid. The sturdy product has a series of circular grooves that grip different sizes of pans, a top handle that make for easy maneuvering and a 500-degree maximum temperature that allows it to cover round oven containers.
Drinkware company BruMate has debuted a limited-edition floral collection for spring that features different designs with sunflowers, succulents, peonies and hibiscus. The patterns are available on to-go products, including the Winesulator and Hopsulator as well as wine tumblers, Champagne flutes and other items.
The surge in network traffic in wake of the coronavirus outbreak is shining a light on the importance of broadband connectivity and the need for legislators and industry players to treat it as a necessity. "We think the massive and widespread dependence on broadband during the crisis will lead regulators to believe that their two highest priorities, post the crisis, will be to accelerate efforts to complete universal broadband coverage and to examine and assure adequate capacity," analysts at New Street Research wrote to investors.
Apparel manufacturer Under Armour has begun producing disposable face masks at a Baltimore lab-turned-factory to be used by health care workers. The one-piece masks are made without sewing, and the company hopes to produce 100,000 each week.
FedEx has temporarily halted its guarantees for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight services while UPS has suspended all service guarantees, both due to complexities caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FedEx will also subject all international freight and parcel shipments to a temporary per-pound or per-kilogram surcharge beginning Monday.
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