Saturday, March 28, 2020

"The generosity that businesses are showing - stepping forward, donating industrial masks, supplies that they have to their local hospital - it's truly been inspiring."



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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday his company would reopen its Gigafactory New York “as fast as humanly possible” to make ventilators for undersupplied hospitals contending with the coronavirus outbreak. ⁣ ⁣“Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.” ⁣ ⁣The electric car maker had shut down its Buffalo, New York, production facility earlier this month following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to close nonessential businesses. Several New York-area politicians, including state Assemblyman Sean Ryan and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, had called on Musk to aid in ventilator production. Earlier this week, Musk said on Twitter that Tesla would donate more than 1,000 ventilators from China to hospitals in Los Angeles.

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McDonald's Corp. said it is working with its global franchisees to evaluate their operations amid the coronavirus pandemic and explore liquidity measures such as rent deferrals. The fast-food chain Wednesday also said it is working with suppliers on contingency planning to ensure supply. ⁣ ⁣The company said it has closed all restaurants in countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. as measures to contain the pandemic have crippled businesses. It has limited operations, which include drive-thru, delivery and take-out, in markets such as Australia, Canada and Germany, the company said. ⁣ ⁣In the U.S., restaurants are operating for drive-thru, delivery and take-out only, with limited menu and hours, McDonald's said. Restaurants are operating in Japan, and its China business is operating about 95% of restaurants, McDonald's said. ⁣ ⁣The company said the pandemic's effect on its business could be material, adding that it can't yet predict the scope of the health crisis. It said it would provide an update on its first-quarter earnings release. McDonald's also added a set of risk factors to its regulatory filing to reflect the pandemic's effect.

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Starbucks will offer free coffee to workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, the coffeehouse chain announced Wednesday. ⁣ ⁣The Seattle-based company said the offer would apply to first responders and front-line workers, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers and firefighters. The workers are eligible to receive a free tall-sized hot or iced coffee from Wednesday through May 3. ⁣ ⁣Aside from the free coffee, the company’s charitable arm, The Starbucks Foundation, will donate $500,000 toward coronavirus response efforts. The donation will be split equally, with $250,000 earmarked for Operation Gratitude to help send 50,000 care packages to health care workers and $250,000 tabbed for Direct Relief to fund protective gear and other key medical supplies.

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Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are rewarding dedicated employees by temporarily raising pay for hourly and distribution center workers amid increased shopper demand during the coronavirus pandemic. ⁣ ⁣“It was a way to reward folks to make sure ... we recognize what they've done -- they’ve risen to the occasion,” Dollar Tree CEO Gary Philbin said Thursday during an exclusive interview with Fox Business’ @MariaBartiromo. Dollar Tree is the parent company of Family Dollar. ⁣ ⁣Last week, the company announced plans to hire 25,000 full- and part-time associates. The open positions included full- and part-time managers at more than 15,000 store locations, along with part-time shifts for cashiers and stockers. Jobs at its 24 distributions centers include order fillers, equipment operators, and warehouse associates. The discount retailer is also dedicating the first hour of shopping to senior citizens and others who are susceptible to the virus. (via @morningsmaria)

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MyPillow @michaeljlindell , the Minnesota manufacturer of specialty pillows, linens, and other household products, said that it is answering the call for more face masks as the country continues to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic. The company announced Tuesday on Twitter that it is making face masks for hospitals across the country. MyPillow joins a growing list of private companies pitching in to address the shortage of face masks that U.S. healthcare professionals are facing as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb. It remains unclear what kind of face mask MyPillow is making. Healthcare professionals are asking for the N95 respirator mask, which are in short supply around the country. The N95 face mask provides a more snug fit than other kinds of surgical masks, providing better protection from airborne pathogens. A MyPillow spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Companies including 3M and Honeywell are set to manufacture millions of additional N95 respirator masks to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who are treating patients with coronavirus. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said his company will donate millions of face masks to the U.S. and Europe. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor recently told ABC News that n05 masks are in the midst of shipping from the national stockpile, but he didn’t provide a time frame.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced it will be giving $500 bonus checks to its drivers, field operators and customer service facilities personnel. ⁣ ⁣The company, which is one of North America's biggest supply chain solutions providers, made the announcement on Monday due to the company's growing demands amid the coronavirus pandemic. ⁣ ⁣“All of our employees have gone above and beyond the call to action during this crisis," John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt, said in a company statement. "And nearly all of our field-level, front-line employees and certainly all of our drivers are required in person and have upheld the high standards of our company. They have kept pace with the evolving supply chain needs of our customers in the face of great uncertainty." ⁣ ⁣Roberts said he hoped the bonuses will show the company's appreciation of its employees' efforts "during these unprecedented times.” The one-time bonus will be paid out on Friday.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced it will be giving $500 bonus checks to its drivers, field operators and customer service facilities personnel. ⁣ ⁣The company, which is one of North America's biggest supply chain solutions providers, made the announcement on Monday due to the company's growing demands amid the coronavirus pandemic. ⁣ ⁣“All of our employees have gone above and beyond the call to action during this crisis," John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt, said in a company statement. "And nearly all of our field-level, front-line employees and certainly all of our drivers are required in person and have upheld the high standards of our company. They have kept pace with the evolving supply chain needs of our customers in the face of great uncertainty." ⁣ ⁣Roberts said he hoped the bonuses will show the company's appreciation of its employees' efforts "during these unprecedented times.” The one-time bonus will be paid out on Friday.

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