Tipsheet: VT Stops Nonessential Sales | March 2nd Busiest Gun Month Ever


Vermont tells big-box retailers to stop selling nonessential products at WCVB 5 ABC. “Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location,” Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle said. “This volume of shopping traffic significantly increases the risk of further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters and the viability of Vermont’s health care system.” Read more


Amazon will start taking workers’ temperatures and provide face masks after public outcry at CNBC. “Temperature checks began last Sunday at select sites in the U.S. and will now begin to roll out to Amazon’s entire operations network and footprint of Whole Foods Stores in the U.S. and Europe by early next week, Clark said. Anyone who registers a fever over 100.4 will be told to go home and will only be allowed to return after they’ve gone three days without a fever, he added.” Read more


Detroit Amazon workers plan to walk out over handling of COVID-19 by Josh Dzieza at The Verge. “Workers at the facility, called DTW1, say management failed to notify them of the first new coronavirus case and was slow to alert them to the second, leading them to suspect there are more infections at the warehouse than they’re being told about.” Read more


Walgreens Q2: U.S. retail pharmacy business +3.8% / For nonpharmacy products, same-store sales were +0.6% at CNBC | Press release


Kroger’s sales jump 30% as shoppers stock up amid coronavirus crisis Press release


DoorDash now delivers from over 1,800 C-stores nationwide by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch. “…it’s expanding beyond food to also deliver from convenience stores, like 7-Eleven, Wawa, Circle K, Casey’s General Store and others.” Read more


Harris Teeter toppled from perch as top grocer in Charlotte market by Catherine Muccigrosso at Chalotte Observer. “Walmart has eclipsed Harris Teeter as the No. 1 grocer, taking 21.8% of the market share last year. That’s a leap from 17.8% in 2018 for Walmart, according to the Chain Store Guide.” Read more


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Some Hobby Lobby stores forced to close because of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders by Kelly Tyko at USA Today. “Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost tweeted Wednesday that he sent Hobby Lobby a cease-and-desist letter. “Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order. Now they’re open again – what’s changed?” Yost wrote. “Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure.” Read more


Dollarama Q4 comp sales +2.0% Press release


March was the second-busiest month ever for gun sales at NY Times. “Americans bought about two million guns in March, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data…trailing only January 2013, just after President Barack Obama’s re-election and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” Tiered subs.


U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21 at Fox 5 New York. Read more


PVH Q4 Revenue +5.0% Press release


BJ’s Wholesale Appoints Paul Cichocki as Executive Vice President, Membership, Analytics and Business Transformation Press release


Ross Stores will temporarily furlough the majority of its Store and DC associates until operations can resume in their areas Press release


Ethan Allen furloughing 70% of its workers at Fox News. Read more


Home Depot executes ‘stop-sale’ order for N95 masks, donates them to health care workers during coronavirus by Nathan Bomey at USA Today. Read more


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