A range of retailers across channels are responding to the coronavirus outbreak with moves to temporarily close their stores, reduce store hours and other consumer and employee oriented initiatives.
Ross Stores has provided a business update in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the company’s operations.
In line with the required closure of Nevada casinos and non-essential businesses, International Market Centers is closing the Las Vegas World Market Center and Las Vegas Design Center to the public for 30 days.
In a letter signed not only by the president of the association but also by major North American retailers, distributors and cooperatives, the North American Hardware Association asked authorities to allow independent hardware stores to remain open even as other retail and food service establishments are restricted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus, Ulta Beauty will temporarily close all of its stores effective 6:00 p.m. on March 19, 2020 until at least March 31, 2020. However, most stores will continue to be outlets for buy online and pick up in store as allowed by local and state regulations, and all consumers can continue to shop through the Ulta Beauty app or online.
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, Amazon has alerted its marketplace and vendor partners that it will prioritize critical household goods, particularly staples and medicines, in response to developments.
Reed Exhibitions has announced today that the National Hardware Show, originally scheduled for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is postponed because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The show will be rescheduled for later this year in Las Vegas, according to Reed.
The High Point Market Authority said that the Spring High Point Market has been postponed with consideration of moving the event to early June if public health conditions improve.
Retailers across a range of channels are addressing the coronavirus outbreak in stores and online, responding with measures to address consumer and employee safety and health concerns, ramping up the cleaning of stores and boosting cleaning tool and supply assortments to meet increased consumer needs.
Citing concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Forty One Madison has cancelled the New York Tabletop Show, which was scheduled to be held March 31 to April 3 in New York City.
The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a longer and larger impact on imports at major U.S. retail container ports than previously believed as factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in China continue to affect production, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
With more of the public focused on news about the coronavirus, a survey by First Insight suggested that consumers would turn to certain shopping alternatives more than others as they deal with any outbreak affecting them.
The National Hardware Show advised home improvement suppliers, retailers and other industry affiliates that show management is monitoring coronavirus developments and has implemented precautions ahead of the show, set for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The International Housewares Association, faced with a ticking clock and mounting concerns less than two weeks before The Inspired Home Show, was left with no choice but to cancel the show in the face of the fast-escalating coronavirus outbreak.
A U.S. housewares supplier asked during the recent Ambiente show, as coronavirus worries were escalating, if was too early, and as such, too insensitive, to let a big U.S. retailer know he offered an alternative source for goods now sourced by the retailer from China.