HomeWorld Business

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.

Appliances
Gourmia Makes Air Fryer Design Statement

Gourmia is setting its sights on taking the red-hot air fryer category to the next level, introducing a wide range of multi-functional kitchen appliances with technological enhancements that are designed to appeal to consumer preferences for fresher and healthier meal preparation at home.

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
Kroger Sales Surge In March

In an update on business trends, Kroger detailed operational changes that it has experienced since the COVID-19 outbreak including a rush in critical needs consumer purchasing.

Cookware & Bakeware
Report: Judge Dismisses DuPont, Chemours Lawsuit

According to a report in the Associated Press, the lawsuit between Chemours and DuPont has been dismissed by a Delaware judge. In the lawsuit, which was filed in early 2019, Chemours alleged that DuPont did not properly disclose the cost of environmental liabilities the company would face due to the PFAS family of chemicals.

Retail
IHA Sets COVID-19 Webinar Series

The International Housewares Association, HomeWorld Business and NPD Group are collaborating on a series of webinars to deliver critical information for the home and housewares industry during this unprecedented time. The three sessions are free to attend.

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.

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