coronavirus

Retail
North American Hardware Association: Independent Stores Should Stay Open

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.

Retail
Ulta Beauty To Temporarily Close Stores

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.

Retail
Retailers Respond To Coronavirus Outbreak

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.

Retail
NRF: Coronavirus Impacting Import Outlook

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.

Financials
Costco Sales Surge In Q2

Sales surged at Costco during the retailer’s second quarter and the month of February. The warehouse club operater pointed to consumer coronavirus concerns as part of the reason for the strong sales growth.

Other
Take Control To Bring The Show To Retailers

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.

Other
When Crisis And Opportunity Collide

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.

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