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As panic buying slows, grocers consider post-pandemic world

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is no stranger to panic buying. With a strong hurricane season returning each year and people running to the store to stock up on milk and bread if there’s even a single snowflake in the forecast — frantic trips to the grocery store are second nature....

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41 million jobs lost; homebound gear up to get out, way out

May. 28, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ IMMOBILIZED: Job cuts in the transportation industry have arrived...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, bicyclists pass in front of a closed Macy's department store in Santa Ana, Calif.  The future of the post-pandemic retail economy in the U.S. looks boxy and digital. The pandemic has divided potential winners and losers from the economic shock, with Wall Street looking more favorably at e-commerce retailers and companies with well-established online sales.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Target, Walmart outbox department stores in reshaped world

May. 28, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of the post-pandemic retail economy in the U.S. looks both boxy and digital. The pandemic is dividing the industry into potential winners and losers, with Wall Street looking more favorably at e-commerce retailers and companies with well-established online sales. That means...

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COVID-19 deaths top 6,500: Drop in ridership speeds repairs

May. 27, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — COVID-19-related deaths at long-term care facilities in Massachusetts topped 4,000 on Wednesday, highlighting the terrible toll the virus has taken on the elderly and vulnerable. The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to...

Maryland's chief judge releases reopening plan for courts

May. 22, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's chief judge announced steps in a reopening plan for the state's courts on Friday in response to the coronavirus, with a gradual return to full operations in the next several weeks and months. Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the chief judge of the state's highest court, ordered...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, bicyclists pass in front of a closed Macy's department store in Santa Ana, Calif. Macy’s warned Thursday, May 21 that it could lose more than a $1 billion during its first quarter after the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed retail operations worldwide. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Pandemic highlights big box stores' ability to pivot

May. 21, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Late last year, Best Buy began testing curbside pickup at select stores as a way to respond to customer needs. But that was then. The pandemic accelerated the company's plans and what was supposed to take months instead took just 48 hours, with Best Buy rolling out curbside pickup at nearly...

Clarification: Kroger Bonus Pay story

May. 21, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — In a story published May 16, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a call by the United Food and Commercial Workers International union to grocery store chains asking to extend hazard pay for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story should have made clear that the letter...

FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a customer wearing a mask carries his purchases as he leaves a Target store during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Online sales at Target more than doubled as the pandemic put millions in lockdown during the first quarter, revealing further the critical role big box stores played in getting supplies to an immobilized population.  The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday, May 20 that comparable-store sales, which include online purchases, rose 10.8% for the three-month period that ended May 2.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Big box rules: Target's online push readied it for pandemic

May. 20, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Online sales at Target more than doubled as the pandemic put millions in lockdown during the first quarter, revealing further the critical role big box stores played in getting supplies to an immobilized population. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday that comparable-store sales,...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Asian shares were mixed Wednesday as market players waffled between hopes for recovery as economies gradually reopen and worries over the havoc wreaked by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mixed as virus worries counter recovery hopes

May. 19, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Wednesday as market players waffled between hopes for recovery as economies gradually reopen and worries over the havoc wreaked by the pandemic. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose nearly 0.9% in morning trading to 20,606.92 on expectations that a state of emergency...

FILE - In this April 5, 2020, file photo, a man checks his mobile phone along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. As governments around the world consider how to monitor new coronavirus outbreaks while reopening their societies, many are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues

May. 19, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Harnessing today's technology to fight the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared. The first U.S. states that rolled out smartphone apps for tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients are dealing with technical glitches and a general lack of...