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Home Depot stops sale of N95 masks

The home improvement giant has updated its COVID-19 plan, including donating millions of dollars in personal protective equipment.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Home Depot announced updated measures the retailer is putting into place in response to the coronavirus along with how the company is contributing to medical professionals on the front lines.

“As our communities battle COVID-19, The Home Depot is committed to providing the essential needs required to maintain homes and businesses while doing our best to protect our valued customers and associates,” Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot said in a statement released this morning.

“This has resulted in several temporary changes to our business as we look out for your safety and the safety of our associates,” he added. “We want to thank our associates and our customers for their patience and cooperation as we work through this challenge together.”

Moves include closing stores at 6 p.m.to allow more time for sanitization and restocking. Home Depot is also limiting the number of customers allowed into stores at one time while adding signage and marking floors to promote social distancing.

The Atlanta-based company has executed a “Stop-Sale” on all N95 safety masks in stores and HomeDepot.com and redirected all shipments to be donated to hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders around the country.

Home Depot said it is donating millions of dollars in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other products to hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders. The retailer is prioritizing order fulfillment for hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders.

In the meantime, Home Depot has stepped up merchandising and supply chain resources to globally source needed products.

Back on the store floor, major spring promotions have been eliminated this season to eliminate high traffic levels. Service and installation services have been limited to those that essential for maintenance and repair needs in impacted markets.

At distribution centers, employees are receiving thermometers for performing health checks before punching into work.

Associates have received an added 80 hours of paid time for all full-time hourly employees and 40 hours of paid time off for part-time hourly associates to be used at their discretion at any time in 2020 and paid out at year-end if not used

For associates who are 65 years of age or older, or determined to be at higher risk by the CDC, Home Depot has added 160 hours of paid time off for full-time hourly associates and 80 hours of paid time off for part-time hourly associates to be used at their discretion at any time in 2020 and paid out at year-end if not used.

Any associate who has contracted COVID-19 is being given paid time off until released by a doctor.

Employees are also receiving bonuses of $100 per week for full-time employees and $50 per week for part-time hourly associates while double pay for overtime is being given to hourly associates. Home Depot has also extended dependent care benefits and waived co-pay

The full update from the Home Depot in response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

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