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Inside the outbreak: Creative coronavirus help

Business | Innovative ways to be good neighbors in a crisis
by Leah Hickman
Posted 4/10/20, 12:27 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has different effects on different businesses. Some have no way of making money under new government restrictions, and their employees face the challenges of supporting their families without an income. Others are booming to the point that employees are overworked and overexposed to the threat of the virus. Here’s how some businesses and communities are supporting employees:

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Customer service

Business | Facing long hours and angry customers, some Christian employees in grocery stores try to be examples of encouragement and calm amid a pandemic
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/09/20, 03:46 pm

Jennie Higgins is a 62-year-old employee at a Costco store near Houston, Texas, where she assists customers in the clothing section. Her husband, Randy, drives trucks to deliver stock to other Costco locations. The couple have worked for the retailer for years, but now, Jennie Higgins said, “We’re considered essential people.”

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Supply, demand, and COVID-19

Business | Toilet paper shortages are temporary, but threats to the global supply chain could have longer-term effects
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 4/08/20, 03:32 pm

A PANDEMIC HAS THROWN the U.S. economy into a tailspin. So far, however, the coronavirus hasn’t stopped Matthew Tubbs. The truck driver from Watertown, Wis., drives 400 miles a day, from a distribution center in Oconomowoc to Target outlets throughout the region, pulling a trailer filled with goods that might include paper products, clothing, or canned goods.

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