GameStop is closing its U.S. shops to prospects efficient Sunday, March 22, in response to the continued coronavirus pandemic and to authorities orders to close down nonessential retail companies. GameStop stated it’s going to course of incoming orders on a digital-only foundation; the corporate is transferring to ecommerce supply solely, and can provide curbside pickup at brick-and-mortar shops.
The transfer to limit prospects from coming into GameStop retail places comes after intense criticism of the corporate’s plan to maintain shops open and concern over staff’ well-being.
“This is an unprecedented time and each day brings new information about the COVID-19 pandemic,” GameStop CEO George Sherman stated in a information launch. “Our priority has been and continues to be on the well-being of our employees, customers and business partners. We have been steadfast in our adherence to CDC-guided safety and local government orders for retailers in each of our communities. As millions of Americans look to GameStop to adjust to their new normal of increased time at home, for work, learning and play, we have implemented practices to help ensure the safety and health of our employees, customers and partners. We believe it is prudent to institute further safety protocols while meeting this increased demand through curbside pick-up. As such, stores that remain in operation will provide only pick-up at the door or delivery to home activities to further protect our employees and customers.”
GameStop stated it’s going to additionally proceed to pay staff who’ve had their hours eradicated for the following two weeks.
“All U.S. GameStop employees have been ensured that they do not have to work if they are not comfortable and should stay home if they feel sick,” GameStop stated in an announcement. The firm stated it’s going to pay furloughed staff “an additional two weeks at their regular pay rate based on the average hours worked in the last 10 weeks.” GameStop additionally stated it’s going to reimburse all benefit-eligible U.S. staff “one month of the employee portion of benefit expenses.”