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Amazon to Deploy Masks, Temperature Checks for Workers
Apr 2, 2020
...ff at all its U.S. and European warehouses plus Whole Foods stores by early next week, a huge deployment for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The company, which has reported virus cases among warehouse staff and faced several demonstrations, said it would start testing hundred...
Baseball Digest Makes Full Digital Archive Available Free
Apr 2, 2020
...on over the last eight decades, Baseball Digest wants to provide this free service to baseball fans as we all work together to overcome the COVID-19 virus,” said Norman Jacobs, Baseball Digest’s publisher since 1969. “Just as Franklin Roosevelt felt it was important to ‘keep ...
Kroger's March ID Sales Up 30%
Apr 1, 2020
...The company pointed out that, based on “early observations,” customers have exhibited three phases of shopping behavior during the coronavirus outbreak. An initial surge in demand characterized by stockpiling that is then followed by a period when demand tails off but stays higher than u...
Older Retail Workers Afraid They'll Lose Jobs If Don't Go to Work
Mar 31, 2020
...etail workers are 55 or older, and 7% are over 65, according to Labor Department data, which means that the demographic most vulnerable to the coronavirus is increasingly on its front lines, selling groceries, medicine and other necessities to the crowds of shoppers who raise their risks for infecti...
Coronavirus Cases Reported at 19 of Amazon's US Warehouses
Mar 31, 2020
Reuters: News reports state that "a handful out of Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of U.S. warehouse workers have contracted the virus raise the potential of future site closures and operational disruptions at the world’s largest online retailer.The COVID-19 cases have led to unrest among...
Will Pickup-Only Grocer Format Become Model of the Future?
Mar 30, 2020
...ne orders. A byproduct of the change may be that the store is now better suited to address many of the shopping challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic.“The pickup-only model is ideal for all customers, especially for senior and higher-risk shoppers,” Kroger said in a stateme...
Amazon, Instacart Workers Start Strike Actions
Mar 30, 2020
... are demanding stepped-up protection and pay as they continue to work while much of the country is asked to isolate as a safeguard against the coronavirus.The protests come as both Amazon and Instacart have said they plan to hire tens of thousands of new workers... Workers from both Amazon and Insta...
CEO: How Bloomberg Media Is Managing Through the Crisis
Mar 30, 2020
...subscriptions to Bloomberg Media grew by 86% compared with February, despite — like a lot of U.S. publishers — hosting most of its coronavirus coverage outside its paywall. The week ending March 20 was its highest week in terms of subscriber acquisition since launching its paywall in May...
Sports Illustrated's Rapid Response to Coronavirus's Transformation of the Sports Scene
Mar 26, 2020
... said. Now, the task ahead of its staff members, as for all media organizations, is determining what level of appetite consumers will have for coronavirus-related stories versus stories not related to the pandemic. A task that can be hard to navigate, especially as traffic surrounding the coronaviru...
Target Scales Back Store Remodels, Openings Due to Virus
Mar 25, 2020
SN: "Adjusting to the impact from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Target Corp. plans to more than halve its pipeline of store remodels and small-format store openings this year. Target also said Wednesday that consumer demand triggered by the nationwide spread of the virus has boosted sales, with over...
Opinion: Panic Buying Triggers New Reality for Grocery Supply Chains
Mar 25, 2020
... industry is struggling to keep up. Harried store employees help long lines of frustrated consumers while fearing the possibility of contracting the virus, having hours reduced or getting quarantined. And despite companies pulling out all stops to get products back on shelves as quickly as possible,...
ShopRite Stores Stay Open Despite Workers' Positive Tests
Mar 25, 2020
News 12: "ShopRite stores across the Hudson Valley will remain open despite some employees testing positive for coronavirus.The ShopRite on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers is one of four ShopRite stores in Westchester where a worker has tested positive for coronavirus. ShopRite officials say the stores in ...
Amazon Workers at 10 Warehouses Test Positive for Virus
Mar 25, 2020
Washington Post: "The U.S. coronavirus outbreak has spread to at least ten Amazon warehouses, infecting workers racing to deliver massive volumes of packages for consumers leery of leaving their homes to shop.In the past few days, Amazon workers tested positive for covid-19, the disease caused by th...
The Week Junior Launches Despite Pandemic
Mar 25, 2020
NY Post: "The Week Junior made its debut last week in the midst of coronavirus chaos.Two days before the first US issue of The Week spinoff for kids was set to go to press, the staff, led by chief editor Andrea Barbalich, had to start working from home. Yet they produced the magazine on time —...
The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Others See Sub Spikes Despite Relaxed Paywalls
Mar 25, 2020
...riptions over the last four weeks in the U.S. and Europe, fueled by readers’ appetite to stay as informed as possible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Bloomberg Media has witnessed record subscriber numbers since February, the average daily subscriber count is three times as high as usu...
Lowes Foods, Albertsons Hiring Workers Laid Off from Restaurants, Other Jobs
Mar 24, 2020
Triad Business Journal: "Lowes Foods, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, is targeting restaurant employees left jobless by the virus-induced closings in beefing up its workforce. In the past week or so, Triad grocers have struggled to keep stores increasingly sanitized and shelves well-stocked as s...
How People Is Producing Country's Biggest Weekly from Home
Mar 24, 2020
...king news of a breakup or the latest in the ongoing British royal family saga. The headline was “Facing Fears & Finding Courage: The Coronavirus Crisis,” set on a black background and surrounded by images of hospitals, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (both contracted the virus), school clo...
Popular Science Hosts Twitter Q&A on COVID-19
Mar 24, 2020
MediaPost: "Popular Science is hosting weekly Twitter Q&A sessions to answer readers' questions on the COVID-19 virus.The first session was hosted on March 13. It was initially set to run for an hour, but ended up running for over two hours, due to demand, according to a spokesperson. During tha...
Doctor Quoted in Enquirer Article Demands Retraction
Mar 23, 2020
NY Post: "A doctor quoted in a controversial National Enquirer article touting coronavirus “cures” now says the supermarket tabloid never spoke to him — and he’s demanding a retraction.Keith Armitage, medical director for the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine and Global...
CEO: B&N Can Weather Virus If Store Shutdowns Not Mandated
Mar 19, 2020
PW: "While total sales have fallen slightly since the outbreak of the new coronavirus at Barnes & Noble, company CEO James Daunt is confident the bookstore chain can continue to be a profitable venture with one provision—that it is allowed to keep its stores open."If the U.S. goes the way ...
General Mills' Plants at Full Tilt, With Needs Changing Constantly
Mar 19, 2020
...races to keep up with demand for cereals, soups and other products that spiked in recent weeks as Americans holed up in their homes due to the coronavirus. The company said they have been in closer contact with U.S. retailers than ever before, with its plants running at full capacity as Americans st...
Walmart's Stock Hits Record High
Mar 19, 2020
...eople stock up on supplies in anticipation of staying at home for an extended period of time in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread of the virus. Instead, what the Credit Suisse analysts expect is an “accelerating structural change” in the way people shop, especially as consume...
Starbucks: Virus Plan from China Will Work Here
Mar 19, 2020
...rspective after having gone through the same thing in China. Their chief executive officer’s message is this: If the strategy to contain coronavirus worked in China, it will work in North America too. “Our team in China defined elevated cleaning protocols for stores,” CEO Kevin Joh...
Conflicting Reports on Public's Trust of Media Re Virus News
Mar 19, 2020
...y says they don't trust traditional media, like cable TV and newspapers, very much or at all to accurately deliver information about the novel coronavirus, according to a new Axios/Ipsos poll. That number sinks even lower for digital media and online news companies. Of all of the institutions polled...
Virus Content Poses Tactical Challenges for Publishers
Mar 19, 2020
Digiday: Reader worry – and work from home policies – are driving a surge in news consumption about the coronavirus, with pageviews up 30% year over year, according to Parsely data. But publishers face a tough choice when it comes to using this reader interest. Even though readers are in...
Conde Content Chief Calls for 'Cautious Optimism' in Virus Coverage
Mar 19, 2020
... Condé Nast chief content operations officer Christiane Mack advocates for the company’s various media properties to approach the coronavirus with a sense of positivity. Her email outlines a bullet-point list of positive headlines and news bits about the virus for Condé Nast high...
More on Grocers' Response to Coronavirus
Mar 18, 2020
...new policy that gives them additional flexibility to stay home if they are not feeling well, and pay options and support if they are affected by the virus.” Many companies are encouraging customers to take advantage of pick-up and delivery services. For employees who are well and working dilig...
Canada's Indigo Books Closing Until End of March
Mar 18, 2020
...ng period including full pay to those with scheduled shifts," the statement continued. "At this time, no Indigo employee has tested positive for the virus and there have been no reported cases in Indigo offices, stores or distribution centres. Indigo will continue to be proactive implementing all ad...
Forecast: Virus Could Strip $3B in Ad Spend from U.S.--But Some Media Will Gain
Mar 18, 2020
NY Post: The coronavirus pandemic could slash as much as $3B from advertising and marketing budgets in 2020, according to a new report. “This is a global human disaster that impacts every company,” said Jack Myers, who has been tracking the ad spend market since the 1980s. On Monday, Mye...
Magazines Lift Paywalls on Coronavirus Content
Mar 18, 2020
..., one of the most severely hit by the COVID-19 outbreak... [Outside Condé], Vox Media has made all New York Magazine stories about the deadly virus free, as well as on The Cut, Vulture, Intelligencer, Grub Street and The Strategist. The other Vox Media brands don’t have a paywall. The A...
Note to Readers:
Mar 18, 2020
During the ongoing coronavirus crisis, MBR will continue to review the array of available content and strive to highlight articles that are of most relevance to the publishing and related retail industries, with emphasis on those that may help inform current and future actions. We have also now crea...
Nielsen: Crisis Will Further Drive Up Media Consumption
Mar 17, 2020
... consumers may not risk leaving their homes to spend. Instead, they may opt to lean into the click-to-buy route,” the report said.The COVID-19 virus is also likely to increase usage of social media, Nielsen said"...
Nielsen IDs Consumer Thresholds for Buying Behavior As Crisis Evolves
Mar 17, 2020
Nielsen: "A Nielsen investigation has identified six key consumer behavior threshold levels that tie directly to concerns around the novel coronavirus outbreak. The thresholds offer early signals of spending patterns, particularly for emergency pantry items and health supplies... The world is largel...
PRH Forms Global Coronavirus Task Force
Mar 16, 2020
...de, PRH CEO Markus Dohle outlined how the publisher plans to address the challenges the company faces coping with the global spread of the new coronavirus. “The geographic nature of the spread of the virus means we won’t adopt a one-size fits all approach for all our offices worldwide,&r...
Coronavirus News Sources Directly Impact Consumer Purchase Behavior
Mar 16, 2020
MediaPost: "Some 58% of Americans get news about coronavirus online, including 30% from television, 5% just from social media, 3% from radio, and 8% said they’re not following the news about coronavirus. Where they get their news has a direct influence on a variety of factors.The data from Civ...
The Atlantic, NY Among News Sources Lower Paywalls During Pandemic
Mar 16, 2020
...ek:Publishers from The Atlantic and The Philadelphia Inquirer to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have each made coronavirus coverage available to non-subscribers. The decision for these outlets was an easy one, even for those who have recently put up paywalls as a way ...
National Enquirer's Virus Cover Story Draws Criticism
Mar 16, 2020
MediaMatters: "The National Enquirer published a March 23 edition with a cover claiming that “coronavirus cures” have finally been “found!” and that there are “miracle pill and kitchen treatments that work!” New York Times reporter Charlie Savage flagged the Enqui...
How the Grocery Supply Chain Is Responding to Coronavirus
Mar 16, 2020
...local situation, shoppers are in either preventive-mode or response-mode. For instance, communities experiencing their first reported cases of coronavirus may be securing sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. Communities that have already seen several cases of the virus are in more of a response mo...
Walmart Establishes Emergency Leave Policy After Worker Tests Positive for Virus
Mar 11, 2020
...est retailer and employer of 1.4 million hourly workers, on Tuesday announced its first incident of a store associate testing positive for the coronavirus. The employee, who works at a Walmart store in Cynthiana, Ky., was the first to test positive in the state of Kentucky and is receiving medical c...
Nielsen: Coronavirus Changing Shopping Habits
Mar 11, 2020
... patterns, new research from Nielsen finds.These consumer behaviors encompass six “thresholds” as shoppers react to the advance of coronavirus worldwide and how incidence of the virus approaches their communities and begins to affect the way they live, Nielsen said in an analysis release...
Conde CEO Takes on Trump on Twitter
Mar 11, 2020
...rning to savage the glossy magazine, run by editor in chief Radhika Jones, over its coverage of him and how he’s dealing with the deadly coronavirus. “Vanity Fair Magazine, which will soon be out of business, and their third-rate fake reporters, who make up sources which don’t exis...
How Much Will Coronavirus Disrupt Ad-Supported Media? That Depends, Says Analyst
Mar 11, 2020
MediaPost: "The spread of coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide would “briefly” hurt the advertising-supported media industry, according to one analyst.Neil Begley, media analyst/senior VP of Moody’s Investors Service, wrote that advertising disruptions “may be short-lived an...
Can Retailers Make Stores Safe from Coronavirus?
Mar 9, 2020
...ups, sending letters to customers and deep cleaning are some steps retailers are taking to reassure customers it’s safe to shop amid the coronavirus outbreak. A Coresight Research survey taken from Feb. 25 to 26 found nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers would stay away from stores if the o...
Amazon Questioned Over Coronavirus Price Gouging
Mar 5, 2020
MediaPost: "Amazon is facing questions from a Democratic lawmaker about price gouging related to the coronavirus.“As the world confronts the prospect of a serious and far-reaching pandemic, corporate America has a responsibility to prevent profiteering on the sales of items such as hand-saniti...
Online Grocery Orders Up in Urban Areas Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Mar 4, 2020
PG: "New York-based tech firm Chicory predicts that a coronavirus outbreak in the United States will be a major catalyst for widespread online grocery adoption by consumers. With increased usage and orders, the company sees brands supporting retailers with media strategies to push ecommerce options ...
Panic Buying Causing Amazon Delays
Mar 4, 2020
Bloomberg: "Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Now and Amazon Fresh delivery services have been overwhelmed by demand, a sign that virus-spooked shoppers are turning to the world’s largest online retailer to avoid going to brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon on Monday warned customers that both service...
Wintour Among Editors in Self Quarantine
Mar 4, 2020
... Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia and InStyle Editor- in-Chief Laura Brown — are all in self-imposed quarantines since they returned from the coronavirus-infected country. In all, about 30 people from the three companies that publish the titles are in self-imposed quarantine.Wintour has been workin...
Coronavirus: More Retail Updates
Mar 3, 2020
MNB rounds up highlights on the coronavirus's effects on retail so far: "The Wall Street Journal reports that "supermarkets and other retailers are preparing for a surge in demand and shoppers are stocking up on staple foods and cleaning supplies as more cases of the new coronavirus appear in the US...
Coronavirus's Effects on Book Industry Spreading
Mar 2, 2020
PW: "The continuing spread of the new coronavirus is sowing uncertainty across many parts of the book world. Already, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, originally set for March 30–April 2, has been moved to May 4–7 following an outbreak of the virus in northern Italy. Reed Exhibiti...
GroupM: Canada's Ad Growth Decelerating; Global Ad Scenario Hinges on Coronavirus
Mar 2, 2020
... newspapers, radio and outdoor) will expand about 3.9% this year, down 1.1 percentage points from 2019.Wieser cautioned that the impact of the Coronavirus is a “significant wildcard with potential to impact consumption of finished goods and supply chains around the world,” but that Group...
Fashion Editors Returning from European Told to Work at Home
Feb 27, 2020
...ateside next week, the question many are posing at the front rows of Parisian fashion shows is will they be allowed back at their desks due to coronavirus fears? For now, the answer appears to be mixed, with several U.S. media companies adopting a hard line to contain the spread of the virus that be...
Coronavirus Slowing Book Production
Feb 24, 2020
... Toy Fair New York (out of about 1,000 total exhibitors) say they also use Chinese factories to produce a significant percentage of their books. The virus, therefore, has the potential to significantly disrupt the supply chain.Several publishers have experienced at least some slowdowns. “Quart...
National Enquirer Releases Cover Early to Beat Sheen to HIV Reveal
Nov 17, 2015
...week’s cover two days before the newspaper’s normal Wednesday publication date to announce [that Sheen] is struggling with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. [The issue itself will still hit newsstands on Wednesday.] A source tells Confidenti@l that the move was deliberate to stay one...
Economist Warns Readers About PageFair Hack
Nov 9, 2015
...s of any of its 500 other customers) at any time between Oct. 31, 23:52 GMT and 01:15 GMT, Nov. 1, using Windows OS and you do not have trusted anti-virus software installed, it is possible that malware, disguised as an Adobe update, was downloaded onto your PC,” The Economist warned readers.
Swiss Magazine Infuses Its Cover with HIV-Positive Blood
Apr 30, 2015
...ver of 3,000 copies of Vangardist’s Spring issue are printed with ink infused with HIV+ blood donated by three individuals living with the HIV virus. The magazine has been produced according to the most stringent controls and using processes developed according to guidelines established by Har...
Hormel Says Bird Flu Will Hurt Turkey Sales; Millions of Hens to Be Destroyed in Iowa
Apr 21, 2015
Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak. So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were i...
Tyson Shares Supply Projections
Nov 19, 2014
...in 2015. Those supplies are forecast to be flat to down about 1% in 2016, Smith said. Hog supplies, hard hit by the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in 2014, are expected to expand 2%-3% this year, Smith said. "It appears there will be fewer instances of PEDv," he said. He also forecast...
Food Inflation to Stay Near Norm in 2014
Jul 28, 2014
...f fresh produce and beef, the USDA warned. The agency forecast wholesale pork prices to jump 10-11% in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed some 7M piglets in the past year. Wholesale beef prices are forecast to jump 8-9% in 2014, although rising imports are helping to offs...
Apr 16, 2014
had the most dramatic price hikes. A drought that thinned cattle herds two years ago has driven up wholesale beef prices 23% in the past year, and a virus outbreak in the hog population has pushed up pork prices 56%, according to Sterling Marketing. Retailers have absorbed much of the increases. Ret
 
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