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Grocers, Suppliers Adjust Hours, Take Covid-19 Safety Precautions

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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to spur adjustments by grocery chains and suppliers. Following is a look at the latest reactions.

 

Giant Food temporarily adjusts hours of operations at most stores

Effective Friday, March 27, most Giant Food stores will adjust hours of operations to be open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Giant Food 24-hour locations will remain open 24 hours. The decreased hours at most locations will give Giant Food store teams additional time to replenish and thoroughly clean the store, as they balance the demands of a significant increase in consumer needs.

The first hour of operations, 6-7 a.m. is reserved for senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals, including pregnant women and caregivers shopping for the immunocompromised, so that they may shop and practice safe social distancing.

In addition, beginning Monday, March 30, Giant Food pharmacies will open early each Monday and Thursday at 6 a.m. and stay open until their regular closing time. Giant Food pharmacies will maintain their regular operational hours all other days.

Giant Food is headquartered in Landover, Maryland.and operates 163 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 employees.

 

Sid Wainer & Son holds coronavirus Food Rescue Pop Up

Sid Wainer & Son, a food service distributor of New England’s specialty foods, held its 2nd emergency Food Rescue Pop Up on March 25 for the local New Bedford, Massachusetts community in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Their 1st Food Rescue Pop Up served approximately 2,000 members of the community March 21.

Sid Wainer encourages members of the community to please take advantage of the ultra-affordable access to food they are offering, during these unprecedented times.

“We are here for you,” says Sid Wainer.

Allie Wainer says, “During these challenging times, we must stick together and provide support to stay healthy, eat well, and be well. For over 100 years, the Sid Wainer & Son family has been here for our community, and while we navigate the changing food environment, it is our duty to provide fresh product to our community. We are working diligently to support our teams, our families, and our neighbors. Together, we will make it through this tough time.”

 

Church & Dwight promotes employee safety, maintains product supply

Ewing, New Jersey-based Church & Dwight Co., Inc. said it has taken measures to promote the safety of its employees, maintain its product supply to consumers and ensure the continuity of the business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has taken actions to promote the safety of employees by enhancing operating protocols at all its global locations in compliance with public health requirements, recommendations and guidelines. These precautions include working from home where practical, temperature checking employees upon arriving at work locations, social distancing, restricting access to sites, flexible sick pay practices, frequent sanitization of work areas, and restrictions on business travel. A global response team, including members of senior management, was established and is in constant contact with local site leaders, so the company can react quickly and appropriately.

All manufacturing facilities and distribution centers currently remain open and continue to operate. Various state and local governments in the U.S. and other jurisdictions have required cessation of non-essential activities. Substantially all of the company’s products are considered essential under applicable governmental requirements and guidance, including the Department of Homeland Security’s March 19, 2020 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

 In March, the company is experiencing a significant increase in consumer demand for many of its products, including Vitafusion gummy vitamins, Simply Saline and Sterimar nasal hygiene products, A&H baking soda, A&H and XTRA laundry detergent, A&H cat litter and Kaboom bathroom cleaners.

The company has taken steps to increase short term manufacturing capacity for its cleaning products (including laundry detergent, baking soda, and cleaners) and health care products (including vitamins and nasal hygiene) and is working closely with its suppliers and retail partners to ensure sustained supply to keep pace with increased demand.

Future restrictions on business operations or other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially result in significant disruption to business. As a result, out of an abundance of caution, the company has drawn $825 million of its $1B revolving credit facility and will hold the cash on its balance sheet for the foreseeable future.

 

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