Author Matthew Kramer

Retail
Ace Hardware Boosts Employment Opportunities

With increased demand for essential products and services, Ace Hardware and its independent retailers plan to hire more than 30,000 people collectively to further support the communities they serve.

Retail
Publix Offering Contactless Pay Options

Publix is rolling out contactless pay options to all its stores, including GreenWise Market. The rollout is expected to be completed by Saturday, April 4. This is one more measure Publix is taking to protect the health and well-being of its customers and associates during the pandemic.

Trade Shows
IHA Names Student Design Competition Winners

A diverse group of student industrial designers recently won the top prizes in the International Housewares Association’s 27th annual Student Design Competition. Their winning concepts are said to help protect vulnerable populations and address the environmental impact of personal care products.

Retail
Ross Stores Furloughs Workforce

As its stores remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ross Stores will temporarily furlough the majority of its store and distribution center associates, as well as some other associates across the business starting on Sunday, April 5, and until operations can resume in their areas.

Retail
Ulta Beauty To Keep All Stores Temporarily Closed

As a precautionary measure, Ulta Beauty has decided that all stores will remain temporarily closed until it is safe to reopen. The company will continue to consider available guidance provided by federal, state, and local government and health officials when making decisions to reopen stores.

Retail
Home Depot Ramps Up Coronavirus Response

The Home Depot has provided an update on several temporary changes to its business in response to COVID-19, as the retailer aims to bolster its safety measures, take care of customers and employees and support communities battling the virus.

Retail
Stein Mart Extends Temporary Store Closures

Based on the latest guidance from federal, state and local government and health authorities, and in the interest of the health and safety of its customers and associates, Stein Mart is extending the temporary closure of all stores beyond the previously announced March 31 date. As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, Stein Mart is not currently able to predict when the stores will reopen.

Retail
Lidl Opens Regional Distribution Center

Lidl has opened its state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland. The new 700,000 square-foot facility will serve as the backbone of Lidl’s regional store network, supplying products to stores in five states.

Retail
Walmart To Take Temperature Of Employees

As Walmart, Sam’s Club and the country continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19, the retailer said it remains focused on the health and safety of its associates. Walmart said it has decided to begin taking the temperatures of its associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions.

Retail
Kohl’s Extends Store Closures, Furloughs Associates

In its ongoing support to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kohl’s is extending the duration of its temporary store closures until further notice. Due to the significant impact to the business, Kohl’s is taking additional actions to strengthen its financial flexibility.

Appliances
Ecovacs Advances Deebot Robotic Vacuum

Ecovacs has unveiled its AI-driven floor cleaning robot, the Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI, which features simultaneous vacuuming and mopping with advanced laser-based home mapping, object identification and avoidance, and remote monitoring.

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