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How the biggest companies in America are impacted by COVID-19

  • #30. Comcast

    - Employees: 184,000
    - Revenue: $94.5 billion

    Like Verizon, Comcast and its sprawling communication infrastructure are playing a crucial role in the crisis. Among its responses to the pandemic were decisions to open Comcast's national network for free, offer unlimited data for free, and offer assistance to low-income subscribers.

  • #29. Costco Wholesale

    - Employees: 194,000
    - Revenue: $141.6 billion

    Costco recently experienced a drop in store traffic for the first time in weeks at the end of March that came on the heels of the shelf-emptying blitz that was the hallmark of initial coronavirus fears. The company has since instituted distancing rules for customers that do shop in physical stores.

  • #28. Ford Motor

    - Employees: 199,000
    - Revenue: $160.3 billion

    Ford has closed virtually all of its factories worldwide. At the same time, it’s unveiled assistance efforts for consumers in the form of relief for customers having trouble making payments. On the supply side, the company was ordered to produce ventilators and other critical devices.

  • #27. The Walt Disney Company

    - Employees: 201,000
    - Revenue: $59.4 billion

    Although Disney is a massive company with enormous media holdings, its parks have been shut down and many of its workers furloughed. The company outraged corporate brass when it announced pay cuts at the executive level.

  • #26. Publix Super Markets

    - Employees: 202,000
    - Revenue: $36.4 billion

    Several Publix employees have tested positive for coronavirus, but grocery stores and pharmacies are considered critical businesses, so their stores are staying open. The company in early April announced expanded pharmacy hours and created special hours exclusively for seniors.

     

  • #25. Citigroup

    - Employees: 204,000
    - Revenue: $97.1 billion

    When Citigroup employees tested positive early in the coronavirus crisis, the company by mid-March ordered all workers who could work from home to do so. The financial giant has also unveiled consumer-relief protocols including fee waivers, penalty eliminations, and mortgage hardship assistance.

  • #24. Bank of America Corp.

    - Employees: 204,489
    - Revenue: $110.6 billion

    By the end of March, Bank of America had joined most other big financial institutions in offering relief to affected customers. The BOA Client Assistance Program includes things like fee waivers, payment deferments, and small-business incentives.

  • #23. HCA Healthcare

    - Employees: 229,000
    - Revenue: $46.7 billion

    Health industry giant HCA is at the forefront of the coronavirus crisis. Even so, many of its workers are suffering from reduced (or eliminated) hours because of closures at most of the company's outpatient facilities, departments, and clinics.

  • #22. United Technologies

    - Employees: 240,200
    - Revenue: $66.5 billion

    Aviation giant UTC is merging with defense contractor Raytheon to become Raytheon Technologies Corp. UTC’s stock was battered during the coronavirus crisis and by mid-March, it announced it was cutting spending—including research and development—and freezing hiring.

  • #21. Lowe's

    - Employees: 245,000
    - Revenue: $71.3 billion

    Lowe’s, along with other essential businesses, has instituted customer distancing and limiting protocols. They also gave their workers a temporary, $2 an hour raise and donated masks to frontline workers.

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