As COVID-19 cases spike, retail enters a new normal

Jul 9, 2020
Retailers are coming to terms with the fact that this virus is going to be with us for a long time.
Shoppers at a reopened Texas mall in May. The current surge in coronavirus cases is bringing new woes to retailers.
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As J.C. Penney liquidates merchandise, other retailers scramble to compete

Jun 24, 2020
Department stores have to move inventory quickly, and that can be tough if there's a liquidation sale going on next door.
J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May.
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COVID-19 pushes business bankruptcies higher in an already tough year

Jun 19, 2020
The government support provided at the beginning of the pandemic was meant to be temporary, but companies are still suffering.
A "Store Closing" sign on a Pier 1 in Chicago.
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Long lines at London stores mark reopenings after COVID-19 lockdown

Jun 15, 2020
Nonessential businesses across England are opening their doors to shoppers for the first time since March.
With nonessential stores reopening in England on Monday, people will have to get used to shopping in the age of the coronavirus.
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Sephora's reopening offers a glimpse into pandemic-era beauty retail

May 21, 2020
What is Sephora without the makeup testing stations and facials?
A Sephora store in Chicago. The beauty chain will reopen Friday, but the in-store experience will be different.
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J.C. Penney joins ranks of major retailers filing for bankruptcy

May 18, 2020
Experts say these companies were already in trouble before the pandemic.
Retail watchers say J.C. Penney won't be the last company to see this kind of financial trouble during the pandemic.
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What role should employees play in enforcing social distancing rules?

May 15, 2020
Employees may face tense situations with some customers.
Should restaurant and retail employees be in charge of enforcing the law?
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Latinas among those hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

May 14, 2020
Big cuts in hospitality, health care and retail sectors leave Latinas vulnerable.
One in five Latinas are now unemployed.
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How long should companies give hazard pay?

May 5, 2020
Most businesses, especially small ones, don’t have a disaster plan for a global pandemic.
Grocery store workers probably didn’t sign up for their jobs thinking they’d be putting themselves in danger, and neither did owners. Above, a worker stocks items in a California grocery store in March.
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What's an "essential" business, and who decides?

Apr 27, 2020
Some mandates are written in clumsy legal jargon that’s hard to understand.
Golf courses in some parts of Florida are considered "essential."
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