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  • April 23, 2020 2:27 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, the Senate passed an additional coronavirus relief measure that would replenish funds for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).The House is scheduled to vote on the bill this afternoon (Thursday). President Trump urged Congress to pass the measure-which would provide an additional $310 billion for PPP and require that $60 billion of the funds be used for loans originating from smaller lenders-saying he'd sign the bill and begin discussions on a next round of stimulus. It is unclear how quickly funds will be made available and what date the Small Business Administration and lenders will restart the loan application processing, but it could be as soon as Friday.

    If you are interested in applying for a PPP loan, please see NGA's helpful FAQ. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the MGA Team.

  • April 17, 2020 7:11 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    On Thursday, April 16th, Governor Parson announced the extension of his statewide Stay at Home Order through May 3rd. During this period, Governor Parson and his office will continue to monitor the situation and work with Missouri’s hospitals, health care providers, public health experts, business leaders, and state departments to develop a plan.

    The state’s approach to recovery will be deliberate and data-driven with two initial phases intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while returning Missouri to a new normal.

    The “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan will rest on four essential pillars:

    1. Rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state, including testing for those who are currently contagious and those who have developed immunity to the virus

    2. Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains and continuing to utilize Missouri businesses in that effort

    3. Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home

    4. Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data

    This approach combines a number of sources on data specific to Missouri, allowing state leaders to evaluate the situation locally, regionally, and statewide. Localized data includes the following:

    • Hospitalization of known and presumed COVID-19 cases
    • Relative population density and mobility
    • Lab testing results
    • Health care facility capacity to treat COVID-19, including available hospital beds and ventilators

    While Governor Parson announces his plan to start reopening the State, local governments across the state have announced extensions to their stay at home orders, many of which extend further than Governor Parson's, through mid May or even later.

    You can view Governor Parson's Stay at Home Order extension HERE.

    If you have any questions regarding this extension or anything else we can be of assistance on, please do not hesitate to reach out to the MGA team or myself directly.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Shaul

    State Director

  • April 16, 2020 1:30 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Independent grocery employees are working hard every day to ensure our families have access to food during this unprecedented emergency.

    Please urge your Senators and Representatives to recognize these HEROES and give them well-deserved tax relief for their commitment to serving their communities during this pandemic. Feel free to encourage employee participation in this effort.

    This proposal provides income tax relief for those working in a duty station that is part of DHS-designated critical infrastructure up to the first $8,900 per month of pay, as well as payroll tax relief for these individuals up to the first $50,000 of their income to ensure a tax benefit for workers who do not currently owe income tax.

    Working each day during this emergency presents extraordinary challenges and independent grocery workers are rising to the occasion.

    Please email your legislators and urge them to provide tax relief for our COVID-19 Heroes!

    Please fill out this form to urge Congress to support tax relief for our HEROES!

  • April 16, 2020 1:19 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    While automatic kiosks, such as Coinstar's, have been around for close to 30 years, advances in technology are creating new opportunities for kiosks to be used more effectively in the food retail space, providing convenience for shoppers and a way for grocers to deliver targeted information and enhance loyalty. "This would include the ability to order and pay directly from the kiosk, saving customers valuable time and reducing cashier assistance and labor at the front end," said Karla Guarino of the Kiosk Group. You can read more HERE.

  • April 16, 2020 1:17 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    To cope with surging demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon will put new online delivery customers on a wait list and focus its efforts on adding capacity for additional orders. Amazon also said it has increased the number of Whole Foods Market locations offering curbside pickup from 80 to more than 150, and has trimmed store hours so workers have time to fill online orders. You can read the full story HERE.

  • April 16, 2020 1:16 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Pinpoint Software, Inc., provider of the leading expiration date management solution for grocery stores, Date Check Pro, and Agilence, Inc., the leader in data analytics and operational reporting, today announced their upcoming webinar "Reinventing Grocery | The Timeline to the New Normal" that will take a closer look at the emerging trends across the grocery industry post-COVID 19.

    This webinar will be held via GoToWebinar on April 28th from 2:00 to 3:00 ET.


  • April 16, 2020 1:15 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    A new survey conducted by NCSolutions shows that while the initial rush by shoppers to stock up in the coronavirus pandemic has slowed, grocery spending is still 23% higher than before the outbreak, with customers now focusing on adding food and beverages to their carts in lieu of paper and cleaning supplies. "We expect Americans will adjust to a wider variety of the consumer products they're used to buying -- not only of brands, but also of types, flavors and styles," said NCSolutions CEO Linda Dupree. You can read the full story HERE.

  • April 16, 2020 1:13 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Governor Mike Parson signed a supplemental state budget that outlines Missouri's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. He also established a working group, led by State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, to make recommendations on how to best spend federal funds awarded to Missouri. You can learn more HERE.

  • April 09, 2020 12:35 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Food production facilities, distributors, retailers and wholesalers are part of our nation's "critical infrastructure" and must remain operational to feed the country.

    The Centers for Disease Control CDC recommends a consistent approach in how a company can continue operations in the event an individual has tested positive or is potentially exposed, given the global COVID-19 pandemic and high transmissibility of this respiratory virus from person to person.

    You can view the most up to date information by clicking here.

  • April 09, 2020 12:26 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    FDA's Frank Yiannas Tells You What You Need to Know About Food and Covid-19

    The Food and Drug Administration released a helpful video this week explaining what is known about food and food packaging, and the transmission of COVID-19. The video is intended to deliver the facts, help stem rumors and convey the truth about food safety. Check it out and feel free to share it with others.


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