In a beautiful gesture towards the heroic workers who are literally saving the world from the coronavirus, the Costco department store today decided to give priority access to healthcare personnel: nurses, doctors, paramedics and firefighters.
These brave and dedicated professionals will not have to wait or stand in line when they need to go shopping. All they have to do is show the identification that guarantees their profession and their Costco membership card to enter the warehouse without delay.
Due to the shopping fever unleashed during the pandemic, the company registered an increase in its net sales in March of 11.7%. In order to cope with high consumer demand, the store had to reduce the number of some items that shoppers can take home, such as toilet paper, water bottles, bleach, and some food products.
With almost eight hundred warehouses around the world, and only in the United States and Puerto Rico, Costco had to modify the number of people authorized to enter the store: they can only be accessed two by two in the warehouses in the United States and one by one In Puerto Rico. "We have taken steps to control the number of members in our warehouses, and we ask members and employees to please practice social distance."
Recently, the CEO of the company announced that "we increased our cleaning protocols, such as on the handles of shopping carts, shelves, and in belts and cash registers."
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