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COVID-19 Impact

  • August 28, 2020 11:01 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    Workers may be threatened and assaulted as businesses try to put into place COVID-19 prevention policies and practices (e.g., mandatory use of masks, social distancing, and limits on the number of customers allowed in a business). These threats and assaults can come from customers, other employees, or employers.

    Based on a 1996 Current Intelligence Bulletin, threats and assaults can happen in any workplace, but may be more likely to occur in retail, services (e.g., restaurants), and other customer- or client-based businesses.

    The CDC has launched a webpage which offers strategies to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers. You can view more here.

  • August 13, 2020 12:04 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    President Trump issued an executive order this past weekend to divert disaster money to re-start enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) benefits that expired last month and suspend collection of payroll taxes for some workers. Democrats and some Republicans cried foul, arguing that Trump lacks the constitutional authority to govern by fiat. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he thinks Democrats want to compromise but criticized their demand for $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments.

    Negotiators remained deadlocked after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the White House rejected her $2.4 trillion offer – a trillion less than her previous proposal – on Friday. Democrats said they would reduce their original ask if Republicans would raise theirs by the same amount. GOP negotiators rejected the deal.

  • August 07, 2020 9:02 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has posted a document to its website containing technical questions and answers for retailers interested in participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online purchasing. The document includes frequently-asked questions regarding SNAP online transactions, refunds, interoperability amongst states, and more. USDA opened up the application process to all retailers and states at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and almost all 50 states have launched to date.

    NGA is advocating for provisions that would make it more feasible for independents to participate in SNAP online purchasing to be included in the next COVID-19 bill that Congress is currently negotiating. Click here to read FNS’ SNAP online Q&As, which may be updated as additional technical questions are received.

  • August 07, 2020 8:59 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    Our Government Relations team has been working with grocery industry leaders to make sure that four key priorities for independent grocers are included in the next coronavirus relief package.

    With the introduction of the House and Senate versions of the next relief package and the start of bipartisan negotiations, it is more important than ever that Members of Congress hear from you.

    Urge your Members of Congress to tell leadership to protect independent businesses from frivolous lawsuits, reward essential frontline workers, strengthen federal nutrition programs, and fix unemployment compensation in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief

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  • July 30, 2020 12:53 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Grocery store prices for all categories of food except for fresh fruit increased by 5.6 percent compared to this time last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service’s Food Price Outlook. The increases are largely attributed to supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Adapting to the supply chain transitions caused by stay-at-home orders placed upward pressure on retail prices. Dairy, poultry, and meat products were particularly affected by the price changes.

  • July 30, 2020 12:51 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Navigating Dairy Growth Post COVID-19
    Wednesday 8/19/2020 12PM CDT

    Midwest Dairy has partnered with IRI to conduct quantitative research to learn who has increased their spending on milk, cheese, yogurt and butter at retail since the start of the pandemic, what their purchase drivers have been and how this growth can be sustained long-term through overcoming purchase barriers. The topline findings from this study are being shared for the first time at the Dairy Experience Forum on July 15. Join us at Noon August 19 as we take a deeper dive with a heavy focus on actionable insights.

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  • July 30, 2020 12:48 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, independent grocers are working to accommodate unprecedented consumer demand for online grocery orders, but only a limited number of grocery retailers are currently approved to accommodate SNAP customers with online ordering. Although 40 states have launched SNAP online purchasing, independent grocers have been left behind while larger competitors participating in the original pilot program have moved into states across the country.

    This has caused great concern for family-owned, privately-held grocers who face technical challenges and barriers to participate, such as lack of resources or financial capacity.

    I urge you to support the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535/S. 4202) in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This important legislation would create a technical assistance center for SNAP online purchasing and provide financial assistance to retailers that demonstrate need.

    Please click here to urge your Members of Congress to include the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535/S. 4202) in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This legislation would provide technical assistance to grocers implementing SNAP online purchasing programs and defer expensive costs for retailers that lack the capacity and resources necessary to get online.

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  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), introduced the FRNT LINE Act. This bill would provide payroll and income tax relief for essential workers, such as grocery industry associates, who have continued their work during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    The pandemic has brought a sales boom for grocers, but it is also reshaping the avenues that retailers use to interact with shoppers, Jeff Wells writes. He notes that the loss of traditional staples, such as salad and hot bars, means grocers need to find innovative new ways to engage with socially distant shoppers, such as the recent introduction of a robotic salad bar at Heinen's. Full story can be read here.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, some Missouri counties and municipalities have begun issuing orders that require people to wear masks while in public. In some places, businesses can face fines if they do not adhere to the orders.

    Each order has unique caveats about where and when masks are required. Missourians are strongly encouraged to follow orders in their own regions as well as review local orders before traveling to another part of the state.

    You can see view the ordinances below for each county or city (as of July 23rd). Since last week, Cape Girardeau County has introduced an ordinance. (CLICK ON CITY FOR MORE INFO)

    COUNTY MASK ORDERS:

    Cape Girardeau County

    Clay County

    Jackson County

    Johnson County

    St. Louis County order

    MUNICIPAL MASK ORDERS:

    Columbia

    Joplin

    Kansas City

    North Kansas City

    Springfield

    St. Louis City

    If you would like a "Wear a Mask" sign for your store, click HERE to view and print one.


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