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Business on the Front Lines

News and perspectives from corporations working to directly impact the COVID-19 public health crisis. Content from this collection may include updates from medical supply or pharmaceutical companies, businesses that have pivoted their production to support the medical response to COVID-19 or hospitals that are navigating many secondary impacts of the pandemic (both economic and human).

Sam's Club is putting robot janitors in all of its stores during the pandemic

Sam's Club is putting robot janitors in all of its stores during the pandemic

By: Alexis Benveniste
Source: CNN Business
Date of Publication: October 21st, 2020
Soon every Sam's Club will have a robot to scrub the store floors.
In partnership with Brain Corp, an artificial intelligence company, the membership-only warehouse chain will distribute 372 new autonomous floor scrubbers to its stores this fall.
Workers at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Mich. freezer farm

Pfizer Sets Up Its ‘Biggest Ever’ Vaccination Distribution Campaign

By: Costas Paris and Jared S. Hopkins
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: October 21st, 2020
The U.S. pharmaceutical giant is preparing to ship billions of Covid-19 vaccines using frozen boxes, cargo planes and trucks in a mega logistics operation.
CVS to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season, COVID-19 vaccines

CVS to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season, COVID-19 vaccines

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: October 19th, 2020
U.S. pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp on Monday said it will hire 15,000 employees in the fourth quarter of this year as the onset of winter could fuel a resurgence in the spread of COVID-19 and flu cases.
Keeping it clean: U.S. ethanol producers invest in sanitizer for long haul

Keeping it clean: U.S. ethanol producers invest in sanitizer for long haul

By: Stephanie Kelly
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: October 8th, 2020
Fuel ethanol production nationwide has rebounded from the spring, hitting 923,000 barrels per day from 537,000 bpd in April, according to the Energy Information Administration. That was still 4% lower than the same time last year.
U.S. commercial bankruptcies up 33% year to date

U.S. commercial bankruptcies up 33% year to date

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: October 5th, 2020
U.S. commercial bankruptcy filings are up 33% so far this year with new cases in September surging by 78% from a year earlier as the recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic hits small businesses, data released on Monday showed.
Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go virus-proof

Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go virus-proof

By: Nivedita Balu, Siddharth Cavale
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: September 29th, 2020
Out with grimy microwaves and sticky coffee machines with worn-out buttons, in with stylus pens, QR codes, no-touch water coolers and mobile apps that pick what brew the machine will make for you.
Another 870,000 workers filed for jobless benefits last week

Another 870,000 workers filed for jobless benefits last week

By: Eli Rosenberg
Source: Washington Post
Date of Publication: September 24th, 2020
Another 870,000 new applications for unemployment insurance were processed last week, a slight increase from the week before, as unemployment claims remain stubbornly high six months into the pandemic.
Covid-19 Vaccine Study Results Could Come Late October, Moderna CEO Says - WSJ

Covid-19 Vaccine Study Results Could Come Late October, Moderna CEO Says

By: Peter Loftus
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: September 17th, 2020
Company also released the guidelines for the shot’s final-stage trial.
Pfizer says late-stage coronavirus vaccine study shows moderate side effects

Pfizer says late-stage coronavirus vaccine study shows moderate side effects

By: Manas Mishra
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: September 15th, 2020
Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday participants were showing mild-to-moderate side effects when given either the company’s experimental coronavirus vaccine or a placebo in an ongoing late-stage study.
U.S. weekly jobless claims flattening; labor market recovery showing signs of fatigue

U.S. weekly jobless claims flattening; labor market recovery showing signs of fatigue

By: Lucia Mutikani
Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: September 10th, 2020
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hovered at high levels last week, suggesting the labor market recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was stalling.

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