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Buehler’s Giving Appreciation Pay, RSA America Offers Free Access During Crisis

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Another week has passed and the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States continues to rise. Grocery stores and other food-related businesses are rising to the challenge of keeping Americans fed as many are sheltering in place. In the Midwest, Buehler’s is giving appreciation pay to its employees, RSA America is providing free access to its e-commerce platform for the next 60 days and Mondelēz International Inc. says it will donate $15 million in financial and in-kind support to community partners.


Buehler’s giving $250,000-plus to employees in appreciation pay

Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods says it will be giving more than $250,000 in appreciation pay to all employees as they continue to work during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The appreciation pay will be retroactive to Sunday, March 15, and continue through April 18. Buehler’s has also made a commitment to retain all 227 restaurant employees that were affected by the temporary restaurant closures and reassigned them to other departments throughout the store.

“Over the last three weeks the character of our employees has shown through and made a lasting impression on all the customers who rely on us, new customers, suppliers and other stakeholders who are connected to us. This has manifested itself with countless individual examples too numerous to name. Our people are truly inspirational, and we are thrilled that we are able to pay this bonus,” said Dan Shanahan, president and CEO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has 13 stores serving the northeast Ohio market. In 2017, Buehler’s became an ESOP (employee stock ownership program).


RSA America supports independent grocers, restaurants during coronavirus pandemic  

Supermarket technology company RSA American is providing free access to its e-commerce platform for the next 60 days to help independent grocers and restaurants and their shoppers shop online with delivery, curbside pickup options during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

“Free access will be granted to grocers and restaurants for the next 60 days,” said RSA America CEO Ravi Achanta. “During these difficult times we are looking for any way possible to help local grocers and restaurants supply products, feed Americans and stay in touch with their customers.” 

As state governors have started to issue Shelter in Place directives, RSA’s digital marketing platform has allowed small independent grocers to communicate changes in store hours, free delivery services and seniors only hours directly to their customers.

“Our clients have been truly amazed at how easy it has been for them to stay in touch with their customers during these unprecedented times,” Achanta said. “Our goal all along has been to help the independent grocer better serve their customers. So, we are making our technology along with e-commerce available at no cost for 60 days in the hope this will help our clients and their customers.”

Schaumburg, Illinois-based RSA’s passion for helping independent grocers and their fellow Americans is at the core of their business.

“My partners and I started a business because we knew in our hearts we could help businesses and in return for this help make a fair wage. Given the situation our country finds itself in, we look in the mirror and ask ourselves not what can we make, but what can we do? As men of family and faith we believe it is our obligation to help whenever we can,” said RSA America CCO Rob Belcore. “We can’t cure disease, we can’t make masks or hand sanitizer, however, we can help grocers execute on the technology that in the near future makes consumers feel safe and might even help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We believe there is no fair price to charge retailers as they rush to ensure the safety of their customers. The only thing that would be fair is to absorb the cost so our retailers, whom the entire country is leaning on right now, do not have to. While we may only be wiping the brow of mighty Atlas, we know it will help our retailers in the grueling weeks ahead.”


Mondelēz International takes action to support, protect communities curing Covid-19 crisis

Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelēz International Inc. has announced it will donate $15 million in financial and in-kind support to community partners advancing critical food stability and emergency relief efforts across the world in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. 

“Managing through and recovering from this global crisis will take everyone’s support, and I am pleased we’re standing up to advance relief efforts around the world,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO. “Our purpose and values as a company are rooted in doing what’s right for our people and our communities, and this $15 million global commitment will help further the impactful work of local community partners providing safety, security and assistance for the people who need it most.”

Support for this program will come from the Mondelēz International Foundation as well as global and local brand initiatives. For instance, Mondelēz China already has donated approximately $1 million in cash and in-kind donation value to support relief efforts in the region, including the China Youth Development Foundation. Other local business unit efforts will follow.

The Mondelēz International Foundation connects with at-risk communities around the world to promote healthy lifestyles, working closely with public health and community partners by:

  • Investing in community programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles to improve the lives of children and their families around the world;
  • Inspiring its team of nearly 80,000 to make a positive impact with its global volunteer initiative #Impact4Good; and
  • Providing humanitarian aid through monetary contributions and products to support disaster response and relief efforts.

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