Lululemon Athletica has reopened all but one of its stores in China and investors are continuing to show interest in the workout wear brand amid the pandemic. The company temporarily closed its stores in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Malaysia last month, and is promoting the brand with at-home workout videos.
To help with social distancing, Costco has announced it will allow members to bring only one guest into its stores while shopping. The move, which takes effect Friday, is the latest effort by the wholesaler to stop the spread of the coronavirus, with other changes including shorter hours, dedicated shopping times for seniors and sales restrictions on some in-demand items.
Coca-Cola's annual survey of shopper preferences showed H.E. Butt Grocery, Publix and Kroger's King Soopers stores earned top marks from customers in categories that measured trust, loyalty and value, among other metrics. H-E-B ranked first in the Advocacy category, King Soopers and H-E-B were tied atop the Frequency category and Publix topped the Trial category.
Hy-Vee will start offering dedicated online shopping time for seniors and others at high risk from coronavirus, similar to in-store policies that allow those customers to shop undisturbed at certain times of the day. Aisles Online, Hy-Vee's online ordering service, will begin reserving time slots between 7 and 8 a.m. daily for seniors, expectant moms and people with underlying health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to the virus.
Ahold Delhaize USA said Tuesday it has earmarked $10 million to address "critical needs" in local communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Holt, USA CEO of the grocer, called the donation a "responsibility" and said the company was "inspired by the selfless dedication of medical professionals and first responders, the acts of kindness and compassion across the globe, and the commitment from our own team to serve and feed their families, friends and neighbors."
As the coronavirus pandemic forces more people to work and attend school at home, electronics repairers and resellers that have stayed open as essential businesses say they've seen demand jump dramatically. Some businesses are prioritizing repairs for health care personnel and first responders and donating refurbished laptops to schools for students who don't have them at home.
The COVID-19 Bundle has gone live on Humble Bundle for one week, offering gamers the chance to purchase $1,000 worth of games and comics for a discounted $30. All funds will go toward coronavirus relief efforts, including those providing protective gear for health care workers on the front lines.
Home decor company Kirkland's stocked up on N95 face masks during the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak and the 2018 California fires but didn't need them. Upon rediscovering the stockpile, the Tennessee-based firm donated 10,000 masks and reminds other companies to check about possibly forgotten masks in storage.
Nineteen Nespresso boutique stores across Australia have been closed temporarily during the coronavirus outbreak. The online store still can provide machines, beverage capsules and accessories.
Those organizing kitchens during coronavirus safer-at-home recommendations can save some space with products such as an over-the-sink, roll-up drying rack and triangular, two-tier corner shelves. A foldable kitchen cart provides extra counter and storage space as needed.
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