How retailers like Walmart are coping with the new Omicron variant

How retailers like Walmart are coping with the new Omicron variant

Walmart is the largest private employer in the United States with more than 1.3 million employees.

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Some of the retailers and restaurants in America are taking steps like reducing store hours, temporarily closing stores, and apologies for the long lines and delays.

These are some of the steps retailers and restaurants are taking as COVID-19 cases rise across the country, driven by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Now companies are coping with a worker shortage as more contagions are reported and supply chains are in more trouble as the variant spreads across the country.

According to data presented by Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 cases have increased in just seven days to register nearly 600,000 new cases dailyThis is a new all-time high and an increase of more than 70% over the previous week.

The shares of retailers:

Macy’s cut its store hours across the country for the rest of this month.

Walmart temporarily closed nearly 60 stores in December in the points that concentrated contagion points of the coronavirus.

For their part, companies like Nike, Chipotle and Starbucks have been forced to close some of their branches since they simply do not have enough staff to keep the branches open.

Walgreens apologized to customers when emailing about long lines that users found in their branches, as well as some out-of-stock items and even delays for appointments for COVID-19 tests.

The company administers more than 55 million Covid vaccines and more than 23 million COVID-19 tests, while continuing to fill more than 1 billion prescriptions a year.

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