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Coronavirus Sparks Massive Retail Labor Cuts as Stores Close

Almost 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the last two weeks, with retail workers bearing the brunt of labor cuts as stores are forced to close across the country. RIS takes a look at the latest retailers cutting back on associates and salaries in light of Covid-19.

COVID-19 Survey: Hiring, Tech Investments

How is the coronavirus affecting hiring and sales? Weigh in!

While retailers face a myriad of challenges brought on by the coronavirus, many are also wondering, “how can I help?” RIS takes a look at how Starbucks, True Value Company, and Ashley HomeStore are finding ways to lend a hand.

The new app is part of a series of store changes the retailer has made to improve social distancing during the coronavirus health crisis.

Kohl's is part of the growing trend of retailers offering contactless transactions to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

While retailers make moves to support their front-line workers during the health crisis, manufacturers across the globe are modifying their factories in order to pitch in.

Mid-month consumer stockpiling as a result of the spread of the coronavirus spurred sales at the grocery chain.

Addressing the spiking need for home delivery, Walgreens and Postmates have expanded on-demand delivery to almost every state. Find out how Walgreens shoppers can now get health and wellness items and other household essentials delivered to their doors.

The Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank parent company has reopened its e-commerce fulfillment centers and will manufacture and donate 50,000 masks. Get the details.

Walmart and Amazon have been quickly responding to retail changes from the coronavirus threat. Uncover both retailers’ latest moves regarding their workforces.

How leveraging data lets retailers address crisis-driven consumer demand.

The grocer, which has been on a hiring spree in an attempt to keep up with the increasing consumer demand incited by the spread of coronavirus, has made similar agreements with other companies.

Walmart is expanding the ways in which it provides contactless services during the coronavirus health crisis.

Walmart is offering new, contact-free ways for consumers to purchase items during the coronavirus health crisis, intended to keep both consumers and its associates safer.

Lululemon is re-focusing on its digital efforts as its stores in North America and Europe remain closed due to the coronavirus since mid-march. Find out how the retailer is turning to its RFID tech and a ship-from-store model for fulfillment, while using online classes to engage customers.

The footwear giant anticipates its digital tech investments will help it weather the storm the coronavirus is wreaking upon retail worldwide.

Ross Stores has notified its vendors it’s canceling all merchandise orders through June 18 because of effects from the coronavirus.

Consumers on the hunt for toilet paper can now try their local Walgreens drive-thru as an option.

Consumers on the hunt for toilet paper can now try their local Walgreens drive-thru as an option.

The biggest unknown is whether there will be a delayed economic recovery or a prolonged contraction. Regardless of the outcome, retailers and their CPG suppliers need to think ahead and be prepared to act quickly. 

While RIS’ exclusive poll found retail executives are being tasked with learning how to navigate curb-side pickup, surging online orders, and stock outs, it also reveals for 42% of respondents, sales are seeing a boon from this historic event. Find out exactly what our readers are saying.

There is no playbook for this. Food retailers are having to think fast to come up with protective measures for both their staff and their customers facing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). From the crafty to the technical, RIS is seeing grocers rise to the challenge.

There are two big questions in retail today: What can we do now and how can we plan for the future? Here are answers provided by experts in a follow up blog that incorporates insider feedback.

An uptick in online food shopping due to the coronavirus is just one of the findings from a grocery shopper survey conducted this week by Path to Purchase Institute. Another might surprise you: The most trusted retailer during this time.

Albertsons Companies is installing “sneeze guards” in its checkout lanes as a protective barrier between customers and associates during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Joann is opening its doors for consumers who want to help make such in-demand medical items as protective masks, covers and medical gowns.

In addition to boosting PTO and promising pay should they need to be quarantined, a few retailers are increasing what their workers are calling for most: more money.

As many retailers close stores due to concerns over the coronavirus, some are hiring associates by the thousands, and speeding up the hiring process dramatically.

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