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Boom or bust? How America's 50 largest retailers are faring during COVID-19

Stacker Logo By Danielle Spence of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: In March 2020, COVID-19 hit the United States with full force. Most parts of the United States were ordered by government officials to stay home because everyday tasks such as going to work or running errands suddenly put people's lives in danger of contracting the virus. Business executives worldwide had to assess their business model and react with great care, knowing full well that their ultimate decision would affect hundreds—if not thousands—of people. Some jobs allowed employees the opportunity to work remotely from home. Workers in essential roles such as healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, and retail distribution employees needed to work on-site throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Other businesses experiencing financial struggles had to decide to temporarily furlough their employees, leaving them without a regular paycheck, and sometimes without covered healthcare. The coronavirus pandemic put each company's core values and beliefs under a microscope. Were retailers unnecessarily keeping employees on-site out of pure greed, or were they genuinely concerned for their employee's safety? Did companies revoke healthcare benefits, or did they grant employees bonuses to pay for their dedication to the company? Were businesses in the financial position to make sizable donations to local food banks and charities in need? You might recognize this list from a story we ran two years ago. Stacker compiled a list of the 50 biggest retailers in the country, using retail sales data released in 2019 from Kantar, displayed on NRF. Each retailer is ranked by its 2018 retail sales in billions. A year later, we're curious to see how these businesses are faring in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Is business booming, or have they gone totally bust? Find out in Stacker's list for the 50 largest retailers in America and how they work under pressure. You may also like:  50 most congested cities in America

See how America's top retailers work under pressure

In March 2020, COVID-19 hit the United States with full force. Most parts of the United States were ordered by government officials to stay home because everyday tasks such as going to work or running errands suddenly put people's lives in danger of contracting the virus.

Business executives worldwide had to assess their business model and react with great care, knowing full well that their ultimate decision would affect hundreds — if not thousands — of people. Some jobs allowed employees the opportunity to work remotely from home. Workers in essential roles such as healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, and retail distribution employees needed to work on-site throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Other businesses experiencing financial struggles had to decide to temporarily furlough their employees, leaving them without a regular paycheck, and sometimes without covered healthcare.

The coronavirus pandemic put each company's core values and beliefs under a microscope. Were retailers unnecessarily keeping employees on-site out of pure greed, or were they genuinely concerned for their employee's safety? Did companies revoke healthcare benefits, or did they grant employees bonuses to pay for their dedication to the company? Were businesses in the financial position to make sizable donations to local food banks and charities in need?

You might recognize this list from a story we ran two years ago. Stacker compiled a list of the 50 biggest retailers in the country, using retail sales data released in 2019 from Kantar, displayed on NRF. Each retailer is ranked by its 2018 retail sales in billions.

A year later, we're curious to see how these businesses are faring in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Is business booming, or have they gone totally bust? Click through the gallery above to see  Stacker's list for the 50 largest retailers in America and how they work under pressure.

You may also like: 50 most congested cities in America

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