As a public safety precaution during the coronavirus pandemic, many companies and service providers in the U.S. have announced that they will temporarily close their doors – including Nike, Under Armor, and Urban Outfitters. Several states and major cities in the U.S., such as Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, New York City, and Los Angeles, have also ordered bars and restaurants to be closed, with the exception of take-out services.
However, not every company closes its shop. Large department stores will remain open for the time being, as will large shops. According to NPD Group's analyst Beth Goldstein, these large retail chains may remain open "because they need to figure out how to deal with the situation of employees and how to deal with goods that are likely to be received."
"Not that all retailers that close are small businesses, but it is easier to manage your own supply chain in a DTC environment than in a wholesale environment," Goldstein told FN. "Perhaps they are considering the logistical aspects of staffing the online operations and / or trying to find out if they can keep businesses open in certain areas."
Below, FN summarizes some of the key fashion and shoe retailers that are currently open to retail.
While some of Adidas' largest competitors close a large part of their businesses, the company has decided to keep the business open and to cease brick and mortar operations based on "official regulations".
“At Adidas, the health and safety of our employees, consumers and partners is a top priority. In order to create a safe working environment after the COVID-19 pandemic and to limit the spread of the coronavirus, we continue to follow the guidelines of the local authorities in all Adidas branches, retail and distribution centers worldwide. This means that in some regions, Adidas own stores temporarily close depending on government regulations. We have a dedicated task force team and will continue to monitor the situation closely and take additional action if necessary, ”the company said in an email to FN on Monday.
DSW celebrated the launch of the JLo Jennifer Lopez shoe line on Monday, which is available exclusively in the physical stores of the retailer and on its website. DSW stores remain open and the company continues to celebrate the line. However, it has moved a pop-up store in New York City because "COVID-19 has concerns about large group meetings." While the line is now online and in stores, Goldstein is likely to be negatively impacted by the coronavirus situation, according to Goldstein. "Perhaps the brand will have enough excitement to boost some online sales, but generally I don't think consumers are currently thinking about shoes for spring dresses," she told FN.
Gap Inc. stores are still open, but due to the evolving coronavirus situation, Gap Inc. has announced reduced brand opening times for its brands. The Old Navy, Athleta and Banana Republic locations will operate on March 16, according to a reduced schedule. The company has also announced plans to close some stores on instructions from government officials and health officials.
Macy & # 39; s Inc. stores are initially open on the banners of Macy & # 39; s and Bloomingdale. In a statement, chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette said the company "introduced improved cleaning measures, including additional cleaning staff in every store during opening hours," with more frequent cleaning in high-traffic areas, including checkouts, escalators, and bathrooms. The retailer is ready to close individual stores and facilities on a case-by-case basis and has adopted a COVID 19 policy to ensure that employees who are infected or quarantined with the virus continue to receive compensation.
Some Nordstrom stores have shortened their opening hours or closed temporarily due to local guidelines, but most of the retailer's 380 stores are still open. In a statement to customers earlier this month, CEO Erik Nordstrom and President and Chief Brand Officer Pete Nordstrom said the chain's stores are cleaned and disinfected daily, but that "the frequency and extent of these cleanings" increased during the outbreak. Hand sanitizers are also available in all stores, and the company ensures that employees have the resources to stay healthy.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Canada-based retailer Hudson’s Bay Company will initially keep its stores labeled Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue open. However, the company has adjusted Saks hours based on location. Customers can check the opening times of their local business at Saks.com. Hudson’s Bay operates on a reduced schedule and is open now 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The company "continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation," a spokesman told FN.
Target announced this weekend that it intends to keep all 1,800 stores nationwide open. However, the big box chain, which would be exempt from mandatory closure when selling important things like food, takes additional steps to ensure cleanliness, including adding payroll hours for more thorough cleaning and disinfecting the tills and touch screens at least every 30 minutes and elimination of food samples. The retailer has also limited certain items in demand, such as toilet paper and water bottles. "At the heart of our company is the commitment to help all families. This is something we take to heart in good times and bad. For this reason, we will work hard to keep our businesses open so that we can help you and you Can support your families, ”said Brian Cornell, CEO and Chairman, in a statement.
Like Target, Walmart is exempt from current prohibitions because it contains the essentials. The Arkansas-based chain has initially shortened opening hours in some of its stores to allow more frequent replenishment, cleaning, and disinfection during the outbreak of the coronavirus. Despite the adjustment of working hours, COO and EVP Dacona Smith assured customers that "employees will continue to work the scheduled hours and shifts, and our supply chain and truck fleet will continue to move products and deliver to stores on their regular schedules." Emergency leave procedures introduced to prevent sick employees from coming to work, including waiving the attendance policy and ensuring up to two weeks' pay for quarantined employees.
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