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Covid-19 Vaccine Race Turns Deep Freezers Into a Hot Commodity - WSJ

Covid-19 Vaccine Race Turns Deep Freezers Into a Hot Commodity

By: Jared S. Hopkins
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: September 4th, 2020
Drug, logistics and public-health officials assemble a cold-storage supply chain as experimental vaccines approach the end of late-stage testing.
Why are there still not enough paper towels?

Why Are There Still Not Enough Paper Towels?

By: Sharon Terlep, Annie Gasparro
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: August 21st, 2020
Blame lean manufacturing. A decadeslong effort to eke out more profit by keeping inventory low left many manufacturers unprepared when Covid-19 struck. And production is unlikely to ramp up significantly any time soon.
Best Buy warns of slowing sales after work-from-home boom

Best Buy warns of slowing sales after work-from-home boom

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: August 25th, 2020
Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) warned on Tuesday of a slowdown in sales growth in the third quarter as it faced risks from unemployment, lower government stimulus and lockdown-hit global supply chains, sending the shares of the U.S. consumer electronics retailer down 4%.
Home Depot Braced for Covid Pain—Then Americans Remodeled - WSJ

Home Depot Braced for Covid Pain—Then Americans Remodeled

By: Sarah Nassauer
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date of Publication: August 16th, 2020
After lobbying to be open, the big box scrambled to meet demand. Old benchmarks don’t apply, says CEO Craig Menear: ‘None of that has a correlation anymore.’
Clorox CEO-elect says company is making 1 million wipes packages a day _ Fox Business

Clorox CEO-elect says company is making 1 million wipes packages a day

By: Lucas Manfredi
Source: Fox Business
Date of Publication: August 10th, 2020
Store shelves won't be fully stocked with its products until 2021 due to a supply shortage.
Starbucks, PepsiCo, and BMW partner to fix a global problem worth trillions

Starbucks, PepsiCo, and BMW partner to fix a global problem worth trillions

By: Nate Berg
Source: Fast Company
Date of Publication: August 6th, 2020
COVID-19 made it clear: The supply chain desperately needs an upgrade.
Home Depot wants to speed up deliveries with new distribution centers as pandemic fuels home projects

Home Depot wants to speed up deliveries with new distribution centers as pandemic fuels home projects

By: Melissa Repko
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: August 4th, 2020
Home Depot will open three distribution centers in the Atlanta area over the next 18 months to keep up with customers’ demands for speed and convenience. The home improvement retailer is investing $1.2 billion in supply-chain facilities over five years. SVP Stephanie Smith said the pandemic has underscored the importance of a strong and flexible supply chain as customers gravitate even more to online shopping and curbside pickup.
Tyson Foods adopts weekly coronavirus testing for workers

Tyson Foods adopts weekly coronavirus testing for workers

By: Hannah Denham and Abha Bhattarai
Source: The Washington Post
Date of Publication: July 30th, 2020
The company behind Tyson, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm will roll out the new protocol at all 140 of its U.S. production facilities.
Why disinfectant wipes aren’t returning as fast as toilet paper

Why disinfectant wipes aren’t returning as fast as toilet paper

By: Michelle Gao
Source: CNBC
Date of Publication: July 25th, 2020
While toilet paper has mostly returned to the shelves since the panic buying of the early pandemic days in March, disinfectant wipes are still in short supply. Procter & Gamble’s Pennsylvania paper manufacturing plant has not experienced a raw material shortage because its pulp comes mainly from North America and Latin America. But Seventh Generation, a leading manufacturer in green cleaning and hygiene products, has seen supply chain disruptions for disinfectant wipes due to competition with PPE manufacturers for the same raw materials.
Hasbro loss narrows as coronavirus snarls supply chain _ Fox Business_Page_1

Hasbro loss narrows as coronavirus snarls supply chain

By: Jonathan Garber
Source: Fox Business
Date of Publication: July 27th, 2020
Toy manufacturer lost $33.9M in second quarter.