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Coronavirus Round Up. Safety and the supply chain

Harbor Freight's all-in donation; Starr's essential message; A Maryland store's response.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Some of the latest stories at the intersection of hardware stores and coronavirus outbreak:

• Open letter: Starr delivers essential message. Do it Best Corp. CEO Dan Starr delivered a message to hardware industry suppliers: “We are open for business.” Read more here.

• Harbor Freight said it will donate its entire supply of personal protective equipment items to hospitals. “Although we certainly won’t have enough of these supplies to fill everyone’s needs, we’re going to donate everything we’ve got,” wrote Eric Smidt, owner and founder. Read more here.

• In Maryland, JBK Ace Hardware emphasizes service to the community, and practices a 10-customer-at-a-time policy. Read more here.

[How are you affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and the efforts to slow it down? Let us know at [email protected].]

More stories:

  • Survey results: Dealers share COVID-19 experiences. Read more.
  • Lowe’s said it is committing $25 million to assist communities, associates, customers and first responders during the coronavirus crisis. Read more.
  • Eight hardware industry leaders sign on to a letter encouraging state and local authorities to classify hardware stores as essential retailers. Read more here.
  • Poll question: Are hardware stores essential? Yes or Yes?. More here.
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