Leading retailers are responding publicly to the senseless death of George Floyd and the injustice, anger, and devastation it has uncovered. As we collectively seek to do better, retailers have a critical role to play as communities, cities, and the country look to change, heal, and rebuild.
The COVID-19 crisis brought the entire retail family together over the past few months. As an industry, we’ve worked collaboratively with the singular mission of keeping employees and customers safe while ensuring that every family, in every community, had access to food, medicine, and the necessities to persevere.
There was a feeling in recent weeks that things were headed in the right direction, and that carefully reopening the economy was possible, and that a sense of normalcy was around the corner.
But the senseless death of George Floyd and the ensuing violence of the last few nights has shattered more than storefronts, it has broken the fragile confidence of a nation already struggling with anxiety, frustration, and fear.
Hate is its own virus, and when allowed to spread, its impact is devastating. We must tackle the spread of hate and fear with the same determination we’ve fought the coronavirus. Retailers are proud to be an incredibly diverse industry filled with talented people from all walks of life, and we are ready to help lead the rebuilding and healing.
Linked below are responses issued and actions taken from across the retail industry to date.
Advance Auto Parts
Crate and Barrel
Qurate Retail Group