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Costco-linked food sample company ceases operations at Fox Business. “Club Demonstration Services, the company that has for years offered food samples at Costco stores nationwide, suspended operations on Monday amid the new coronavirus outbreak.” Read more


Walmart sued over coronavirus death by family of deceased employee at Fox Business. “In a lawsuit filed in Cook County court, Evans’ family accused Walmart of negligence that contributed to his death, including a failure to adequately disinfect the store, adhere to social distancing guidelines and warn other employees that some workers were displaying symptoms. Store management was accused of failing to provide necessary supplies or training to workers.” Read more


REI will keep its 162 retail locations shuttered and furlough many of its 14,000 employees for 90 days by Paul Roberts at Seattle Times. Read more


Coronavirus pushes Target’s delivery platform workers to stage ‘walkoff’ at Fox Business. “Some Shipt Shoppers, as the contractors are known, released a list of demands this week in a blog post on Medium after claiming the company has a lack of safeguards in place. Organizers are demanding $5 of hazard pay per order, personal protective equipment or PPE, a “transparent pay structure” and for the company to expand its 14-day paid sick leave to include any worker regardless of a positive diagnosis.” Read more


Amazon launches special section to sell face masks and sanitizer—but just for health care workers at The Hill. Read more


Only 1 person per 120 square feet: Kroger to limit shoppers entering stores at Cincinnati Enquirer via USA Today. Read more


Pier 1 Joins Retailers Citing Court Ruling to Skip Rent at Bloomberg. “The move came after a judge in New Jersey late last month approved Modell’s Sporting Goods Inc.’s request to pause its bankruptcy until the end of April, allowing it to forgo rent and other required payments.” Read more


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Walgreens to open 15 drive-thru testing sites for the coronavirus across 7 states at CNBC. Read more/Video


Wayfair shares surge 37% as coronavirus drives sales of office furniture and home decor at CNBC. “Wayfair said in a press release that when it entered March, gross revenue growth was just under 20%, similar to trends during January and February. But by the end of the month, growth more than doubled. Wayfair said the trend has persisted into April.” Read more


Radio spots last week: Lowes moves from 4th to 2nd airing 74,930 commercials (Census bureau #1) at Radio Ink


Amazon faces another NYC warehouse strike as dozens of workers have coronavirus by Lisa Fickenscher at NY Post. “Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse on Monday was hit with its second labor protest since the coronavirus outbreak began. The labor groups involved in organizing the protest claimed that up to 50 Amazon workers gathered outside the Bloomfield distribution center…” Read more


Macy’s CFO Paula Price to leave company after less than 2 years in the role at MarketWatch. Read more


Field Agent audits the entryway of 106 Walmart stores coast-to-coast “Altogether, then, this audit suggests the 1-out-1-in policy at Walmart stores nationwide is not greatly affecting the shopper experience with long lines and waits outside stores. Not on the policy’s first day of implementation, anyway.” Pics/Read more


Korean grocery startup Kurly raises $150M by Manish Singh at TechCrunch. “The five-year-old startup, which raised $113 million in its Series D round last year, has raised about $346 million to date, according to CBInsights.” Read more


Casey’s General Stores Expands Delivery to Nearly 600 Stores through DoorDash Partnership Press release


Online meal delivery firms knocked off course by coronavirus crisis at Reuters. “In the United States, Grubhub said demand for takeout appeared to be recovering in some parts of the country, but it was a different picture in places including New York, where a bustling restaurant scene has battened down the hatches as restrictions kick in.” Read more


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