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What Do Consumers Buy During The Age Of COVID-19?

REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 What’s in the containers these days? What are consumers buying? Lots of coffee, ketchup and Nike Air Max. Expensive raincoats? Not so much. (Reuters) – Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers and Burberry luxury trench coats are out. Welcome to America’s pandemic consumer economy. …

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Coast Guard Offloads $228 Million In Cocaine, Weed At Port Everglades

USCG officer patrolling ship with long gun. Seized drugs on board.

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than $228 million in cocaine, marijuana at Port Everglades MIAMI —The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) crew offloaded approximately 11,500 pounds of cocaine and approximately 17,000 pounds of marijuana, Thursday, worth more than $228 million. The drugs were interdicted in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South …

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Fearing shipping crunch, retailers set earliest-ever holiday sale plans

Shoppers practice social distancing as they wait with their carts to enter a Target store

REUTERS, AUGUST 21, 2020 NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is upending the way U.S. consumers shop and the holidays will be no exception as major retailers and shippers roll out their earliest-ever shopping season. Target (TGT.N), Best Buy (BBY.N) and Kohl’s (KSS.N) have moved winter holiday promotions up to as early as October. They also joined rival …

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Chinese City to Halt Frozen Seafood, Meat Imports on Virus Worry

Frozen meat

BLOOMBERG, AUGUST 17, 2020 Order comes after nearby Shenzhen found virus on chicken wings | Virus expert says no major problem as long as food cooked well The Cold Chain Association of China’s southern coastal city of Guangzhou ordered all member companies to suspend imports of frozen meat and seafood from coronavirus-hit areas, the city’s Internet Information Office said on its official …

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Chinese cities find virus in Brazilian chicken wings, Ecuadorian shrimp packaging

A man looks at frozen food products in a supermarket

REUTERS, AUGUST 13, 2020 BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Two cities in China have found traces of the new coronavirus in imported frozen food and on food packaging, local authorities said on Thursday, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause new outbreaks. A sample taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern city of Shenzhen from Brazil, …

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Concerns mount virus returned to New Zealand in refrigerated containers

Refrigerated containers

PortandTerminal.com, August 12, 2020 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – In an announcement that has the potential to upend global maritime food shipping, New Zealand officials are investigating the possibility that its first COVID-19 cases in 102 days were infected by food imported in refrigerated containers. Four members of the same family have tested positive in Auckland. How they became infected has …

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Amazon looking at turning Sears, J.C. Penney stores into fulfillment centers – WSJ

Sears Store Closing

PortandTerminal.com, August 9, 2020 NEW YORK – The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that eCommerce giant Amazon and Simon Property Group are in discussions that would see them converting major anchor tenants like Sears and J.C. Penney into fulfillment centers. For Amazon, more fulfillment centers near residential areas would speed up the crucial last mile of delivery. For Simon, …

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New Risk to Global Supply Chains Emerges as Weary Crews, Stuck Offshore, Halt Work

Map of Australia

Bloomberg, August 7, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A new risk to global supply chains is emerging as exhausted seafarers stuck offshore for months halt work, a breaking point caused by restrictions on crew changes amid coronavirus precautions. Three vessels are idled in Australia after crews who worked beyond their contracts demanded to be repatriated, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation. …

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Beirut Explosion Destroys Tonnes of Lebanon’s Food Stocks

Destroyed grain silos. Cranes

BLOOMBERG, AUGUST 5, 2020 Tuesday’s blast happened next to country’s biggest grain silo | Nation has enough wheat stocks to last six weeks: government By Dana Khraiche, Verity Ratcliffe, and Salma El Wardany for Bloomberg – The huge explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through key grain silos, stoking fears of food shortages in a nation already reeling from economic crisis. The blast, which killed dozens …

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Gates Says Korean Firm Could Make 200 Million Vaccines by June

Bill Gates

BLOOMBERG, JULY 26, 2020 Microsoft co-founder sends letter to President Moon Jae-in | Gates backs SK Bioscience in effort to develop vaccine SK Bioscience, the South Korean pharmaceutical company backed by Bill Gates, may be capable of producing 200 million coronavirus vaccine kits by next June, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder said in a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Gates is …

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