CBS Chicago: Coronavirus Shopping Habits: Americans Buying More Baking Goods, Alcohol, Frozen Food; Less Flowers, Makeup, Shaving Products. “Baking is hot these days, but buying a prepared cake is not. A Chicago-based research firm just released a new tool to track coronavirus purchases. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory reveals what’s making it inside our cart, and what’s being left on store shelves. Americans are headed to the grocery store less, but leaving with more than usual. Our baskets are fuller, bellies too.”
Statesman: Out of stock? UT students build website to track store inventories amid pandemic. “Rithwik Pattikonda and Darshan Bhatta, a sophomore and freshman studying computer science, recently launched InStok.org, a website designed to check inventories of big stores like Target and CVS and tell users where they can find the items they need.”
News 5 Cleveland: Web developer creates website to help shoppers navigate COVID-19 pandemic. “With COVID-19 concerns causing many to panic-buy items at the grocery store, getting the essentials might end up a struggle for many shoppers. That’s how one web developer got the idea for a new website to help shoppers out. Quarantin.io, the website created by Chris Violette, allows users to check the stores around them and see what they have in stock before they leave the house.”
NAU News: Empty shelves don’t indicate a broken supply chain: NAU’s FEWSION project maps out critical U.S. supply chains amid COVID-19 pandemic . “For the millions of Americans concerned about shortages of vital supplies like toilet paper, food basics and other items vital to getting us through an unprecedented global health crisis, there is some encouraging news, according to researchers at Northern Arizona University. In fact, the U.S. supply chains are proving resilient in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, though there are points of concern that decision-makers, emergency managers and the public should consider, said Benjamin Ruddell, director of the National Science Foundation-funded FEWSION Project led out of Northern Arizona University.”
Londonist: Support Independent Businesses During The Coronavirus Crisis With The Help Of This Handy New Website. “This new website maps independent shops, restaurants, and cafes that offer gift cards. Buy one, and your favourite florist, taproom, or boutique will get some much-need revenue straight away — and you’ve got a treat to look forward to once everything has calmed down a bit.” Unlike many sites I’ve seen popping up, this site looks like it wants to go worldwide. I checked it out and saw listings in several different countries.
MyLondon: Iceland in Crawley dedicates exclusive shopping slot for elderly amid coronavirus outbreak. “Some Iceland stores across the UK will have dedicated opening hours for the elderly and more vulnerable shoppers to buy their products following the coronavirus outbreak. Iceland said it was not a company-wide policy, but it was allowing individual stores to decide how best to meet the needs of shoppers in their local areas.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Find Ethical Alternatives to Tech, Fashion, and Unfair Brands. “When we talk about making an ethical choice, there are different aspects to look at. For example, how a company behaves with its employees or a firm’s carbon footprint, or even how they treat animals. Importantly, you don’t need to be strict about ethical choices either. The first step is finding out what’s out there.”