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

  • #10. FedEx

    - Employees: 359,530
    - Revenue: $65.5 billion

    The delivery services industry has been a lifeline for millions of Americans who are afraid to go to stores and are instead ordering delivery of everything that can be delivered. Thousands of FedEx employees, particularly drivers, are anxious, exposed, and vulnerable. The company has been working to reduce the risks those drivers take every day—not to mention the risk of asymptomatic but infected drivers spreading the virus to the customers whose packages they handle.

  • #9. Target

    - Employees: 360,000
    - Revenue: $75.4 billion

    Target is open, but by mid-March, it had limited store hours and created special shopping hours for vulnerable customers. In early April, however, it extended its safety precautions by dedicating staff members to pass out PPE like gloves and masks, and by limiting the number of customers allowed in each store at any given time.

  • #8. United Parcel Service

    - Employees: 364,575
    - Revenue: $71.9 billion

    Like FedEx, UPS is one of the major players in an industry that is now being recognized as the backbone of American life during the coronavirus crisis. Also like FedEx, it’s focused on accommodating legions of drivers who are nervous and anxious—and for good reason. They have lots of daily human contact, they can’t self-quarantine, and they’re scrambling to get even basic PPE to protect them on their routes.

  • #7. International Business Machines

    - Employees: 381,100
    - Revenue: $79.6 billion

    IBM’s Summit supercomputer—the fastest and most powerful computer in the world—has been very busy during the crisis. After running 8,000 simulations, Summit identified 77 chemical compounds that are likely to inhibit the virus’ ability to attack host cells.

  • #6. Berkshire Hathaway

    - Employees: 389,000
    - Revenue: $247.8 billion

    Warren Buffett is working from home—and the Oracle of Omaha has his work cut out for him. His Berkshire Hathaway firm reported a $49.7 billion loss in the first quarter of 2020. The holding company owns a large portfolio of businesses including Geico, Fruit of the Loom, and Duracell.

  • #5. Home Depot

    - Employees: 413,000
    - Revenue: $108.2 billion

    Public officials have lauded Home Depot for the early and sweeping changes it made companywide in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The company was an early adopter of now-standard policies like limiting the number of customers allowed in a store at any given time.

  • #4. Kroger

    - Employees: 453,000
    - Revenue: $121.2 billion

    Kroger is one of many chains now experimenting with one-way aisles to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Also, Kroger announced even though it experienced a 30% surge in sales, it borrowed $1 billion to deal with the fallout from the crisis.

  • #3. U.S. Postal Service

    - Employees: 565,802
    - Revenue: $70.7 billion

    Like FedEx and UPS, the USPS is presiding over an army of drivers that it can’t keep home but can’t protect. They’re exposed, vulnerable, and dramatically undersupplied. The coronavirus has put extra strain on the already-stressed USPS as mail volume has significantly dropped.

  • #2. Amazon.com

    - Employees: 647,500
    - Revenue: $232.9 billion

    As other companies are laying off workers, Amazon hired 100,000 new employees to meet soaring demand. Many of those workers, however, say the company isn’t doing enough to protect them and have begun enacting protests that included a walkout Friday, May 1.

  • #1. Walmart

    - Employees: 2.2 million
    - Revenue: $514.4 billion

    Walmart, too, has taken measures to protect its workers and customers, but the world’s largest retailer waited until the first week of April to limit the numbers of shoppers allowed in its stores at the same time. More than 80 employees at one Walmart branch in Massachusetts were reported on May 3 to have tested positive for coronavirus.

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