coronavirus

Retail staffers in midst of finest hour

The hundreds of thousands of employees who make the retail marketplace function, those staffers who are frequently overlooked, routinely unnoticed by their superiors, and all-too-frequently underpaid, undervalued and underappreciated, have emerged as the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus ­pandemic. They have routinely accomplished the impossible, working exhaustingly long hours with little rest and less

NRF chief economist: stopping pandemic is first step

NRF chief economist: stopping pandemic is first step

WASHINGTON – National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz says the coronavirus pandemic “has triggered shocks,” but he argues that the underlying economy is sound. “How quickly the country gets a handle on containing the virus will determine the degree of the impact on the economy and how soon businesses can reopen,” Kleinhenz wrote in

Kroger introducing Hero Bonus for employees

Kroger introducing Hero Bonus for employees

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. will provide all hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates with a Hero Bonus – a $2 premium above their standard base rate of pay, the company said. The bonus will be applied to hours worked March 29 through April 18, and will be disbursed weekly to

The Coronavirus and Education in China

The Coronavirus and Education in China

Editor’s note: In the third part in their continuing series, Alice Wang and Ed Rowland examine the coronavirus’ impact on China’s educational system and the 100 million Chinese students from pre-school through university now exclusively attending online classes. They examine how all the stakeholders– teachers, students, teaching Apps (DingTalk, the government-chosen teaching App provided by Alibaba) have adjusted. Part one

Raley’s rewards employees for their dedication

Raley’s rewards employees for their dedication

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Raley’s is providing cash rewards to its employees for their service during the coronavirus pandemic that will average about $500. The reward recognizes the dedication team members have shown across store operations and other support services throughout the past two weeks, Raley’s said in a statement. Team members will receive the

Pandemic hits retail on multiple fronts

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the retail industry on multiple fronts. As the disease began to spread in the United States and globally earlier this month, retailers had to deal with interrupted supply chains, sick employees, empty shelves and the possibility that consumer spending in retail stores will plummet as containment efforts

Virus advice: follow directions

The coronavirus has become, in very short order, the compelling story of the year, a year in which the upcoming presidential election until recently threatened or promised to drown out every other story. Simply put, America, and the rest of the world, doesn’t know how to respond, or indeed if any response is either adequate

NRF urges national definition of ‘essential retail’

NRF urges national definition of ‘essential retail’

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Thursday sent a letter to the Trump administration urging federal guidance for state and local governments on what constitutes “essential retail businesses and services” for their communities. The text of the letter is below and a pdf is available here.   J. Craig Shearman Vice President for Government

NRF urges action on behalf of retailers

NRF urges action on behalf of retailers

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday sent a letter to President Trump and other leaders of the federal government, supporting their swift efforts to minimizing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter from the NRF, reproduced below and also available here as a PDF, also details the impact the crisis has had