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Thursday, March 26, 2020

'We have been working on our pandemic and influenza plan for quite a while now, since 2005, when we had the threat of H5N1 overseas in China. ... So when did we start looking at the coronavirus? Probably the second week in January, when it started popping up in China as an issue. ... We modeled what had been taking place in China from a transmission perspective, as well as impact. As the number of illnesses and the number of deaths were increasing, obviously the Chinese government was taking some steps to protect their citizens, so we basically mirrored what that might look like. We also took an approach to what we saw during H1N1 in 2009, and later got on top of it." -- Justin Noakes, director of emergency preparedness for H-E-B

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Texas Monthly reports, "San Antonio-based H-E-B has been a steady presence amid the crisis. The company began limiting the amounts of certain products customers were able to purchase in early March; extended its sick leave policy and implemented social distancing measures quickly; limited its hours to keep up with the needs of its stockers; added a coronavirus hotline for employees in need of assistance or information; and gave employees a $2 an hour raise on March 16, as those workers, many of whom are interacting with the public daily during this pandemic, began agitating for hazard pay."

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"But nobody ever thought that something like this could happen, trust me. Nobody."

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#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-26 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Says a lot when a grocery store is more competent than the President, and was smart enough not to believe the President, on matters of life and death.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-26 02:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

HEB has better and more organized hurricane response logistics than FEMA.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-03-26 02:27 PM | Reply

And this is in Texas...

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-26 02:29 PM | Reply

$2/HR is hazard pay? It sounds like H-E-B workers need union representation.

#6 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-03-26 02:38 PM | Reply

Another dup of the dem hoax. SAD!

#7 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-26 02:55 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

So they are smarter than you and Trump because they can look at actual facts, realize there is an issue, and create a plan to deal with it?

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-26 03:31 PM | Reply

"Almost their entire inventory is perishable or carries a rick of being contaminated by any one of a thousands things."

So is Trump's entire inventory of 327,000,000 Americans.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-26 03:59 PM | Reply

So they are smarter than you and Trump because they can look at actual facts, realize there is an issue, and create a plan to deal with it?
#8 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

You're a hammer looking for Trump nails. I get it. But in this case, it's a business model that deals with highly fragile items susceptible to contamination, like E. coli, botulism, cross-contamination, food spoilage, etc...they obviously game plan for contaminates on a seasonal basis including "flu" in general.

The fact that they are protecting their inventory is not a surprise; neither is learning to what extent they plan. This is a market that works on volume and razor thin margins.

Like I said earlier, they cook food that's expired and sell it to you prepared. It's another way of minimizing waste. How that pertains to shaming Trump is beyond me. That's all I wa pointing out earlier.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-26 05:35 PM | Reply

So is Trump's entire inventory of 327,000,000 Americans.
#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

You know what to do, so does everyone else. Don't you?

Do you need Trump to tell you what to do?

Is that what you're waiting for...instructions from Trump?

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-26 05:40 PM | Reply

"highly fragile items susceptible to contamination, like E. coli, botulism, cross-contamination, food spoilage, etc."

^
You're literally describing human beings.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-26 05:41 PM | Reply

"Do you need Trump to tell you what to do?"

No more than HEB needs a leader to tell HEB workers what to do.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-26 05:43 PM | Reply

Just shelter in place while sitting on your hands, Snoofy. until you hear from Trump on what to do.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-26 06:07 PM | Reply

I'd rather get my advice from the HEB.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-26 06:09 PM | Reply

So they are smarter than you and Trump because they can look at actual facts, realize there is an issue, and create a plan to deal with it?
#8 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT
You're a hammer looking for Trump nails. I get it. But in this case, it's a business model that deals with highly fragile items susceptible to contamination, like E. coli, botulism, cross-contamination, food spoilage, etc...they obviously game plan for contaminates on a seasonal basis including "flu" in general.
The fact that they are protecting their inventory is not a surprise; neither is learning to what extent they plan. This is a market that works on volume and razor thin margins.
Like I said earlier, they cook food that's expired and sell it to you prepared. It's another way of minimizing waste. How that pertains to shaming Trump is beyond me. That's all I wa pointing out earlier.
#10 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

That's an interesting take... They have perishable goods so they are better prepared than the Feds.

It's also the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

They did a ton of things that has nothing to do with perishable goods or razor thin margins.

And doesn't change a damn thing about how they are better prepared than the Feds under Trump who are supposed to be protecting the country.

Exactly how far is your head up Trump's ass?

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-26 06:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The feds were prepared with a 69 page NSC pandemic plan.
Trump knew better.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-26 06:23 PM | Reply

Charles Butt 2020

#18 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2020-03-26 10:41 PM | Reply

$2/HR is hazard pay? It sounds like H-E-B workers need union representation. #6 | POSTED BY LESWIT

Assuming a 40hr HEB workweek, that's more than the monthly allotment for most types of military hazard pay lol.

#19 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-03-27 07:50 AM | Reply

Heb is based in mexico and Texas only and are set up like superwalmarts. Only better. Very organized inside and won't shop anywhere else.
When I read this story I just kinda smiled..
Certain times of the year they feed the neighborhoods.. And they welcome anyone who is willing to stand in line for a seat.

#20 | Posted by penguinhead at 2020-03-27 08:06 AM | Reply

#19 | Posted by GOnoles92

In all fairness, when you sign up you know what you are signing up for. The military isn't a Grocery store in the middle of a pandemic.

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-27 05:24 PM | Reply

Wow, if a grocery chain can do this, why couldn't governor Cuomo? Or governor Whitmer? Or governor Inslee?

Oh yea, they are Dems...

I'll bet they have great solar farms and lots of windmills.

#22 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-03-27 08:30 PM | Reply

Good call.
HEB's got all the ventilators Texas could ever need.
Check this Sunday's circular for coupons!

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-27 08:33 PM | Reply

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