Another week locked down at home. As you probably know, all NCP staff members have been working from home for the past few weeks. Which certainly has made things more challenging, but it seems like things are running fairly smoothly, considering all that’s happening.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, and it’s hard not to, you’ve probably heard that New York has had the highest incidence of Coronavirus infections. Everything is pretty much locked down, except for essential services, such as grocery stores, drug stores, etc. Restaurants are open, but only for pick up orders – no dining inside!
I just want to state that DESPITE the Coronavirus, I’ve personally witnessed many acts of resilience that is keeping me humbled and inspired.
My in person yoga classes have been cancelled, but the instructor is providing a video link so that we can all take part. It’s not the same as being in a class, but it’s still nice getting together “virtually.”
My son’s karate classes have also been canceled, but the instructor is providing videos so that all the students can continue to train and learn.
My drugstore placed tape on the floor, six feet apart, so shoppers would know to keep their distance.
And restaurants in my area are doing a brisk take-out and delivery business.
I’m sure you’ve also seen innovative ways people and businesses are dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Let us know what you’ve experienced by leaving a comment.
Now I do not want to minimize the severity of this virus and the impact it has had on the country. So many people are either sick or out of work, and it’s probably only going to get worse.
Please Keep Scanning
Like so many other businesses, NCP needs to continue to operate. So please understand why you might be receiving communications from us asking you to continue recording your purchases. We understand that many people are suffering through this situation, but we do need to keep moving forward as a business. At this time, manufacturers and retailers really need to know what their customers are buying – or not buying.
So, as we’ve stated previously, please continue to record all of your purchases, especially if you are just shopping online. Also, if people are buying things on your behalf and bringing them to you, please record those purchases, too.
However, if you expect any major changes in your shopping habits, please contact the Panel Support Center via email at [email protected] and let them know.
Please be safe and keep your distance!
Since all the chaos has started with Corona Virus, I have been noticing lots of kindness. People doing shopping for neighbors who are health compromised, and lots of people setting up “blessing tables” which are extras of supplies (toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers, formula, water, sanitizers, etc.) that they are setting out on a table and say ‘take only what you need and leave anything extra you have to share’.
There is also a local Facebook page set up called Resources in Corpus Christi and it is filled with updates on where people can find the items they need. People are posting real time where and what time they are finding essential supplies locally. They are also posting which local restaurants are now selling groceries and supplies. Recently they also added educational resources for parents who are now homeschooling their children and fun things for children to do.
Hi I have great concerns regarding the covid-19 virus as we all do! I believe it is getting blown way out of proportion . I will explain this. It would be nice to be able to hear people that have been sick &are sick .what their symptoms are exactly. how it started with them.what they are experiencing at this time. I want to know personally what exactly happens in somewhat of a detail !? We hear, and see reports all day long on the news. They have told us Basics symptoms. and how many thousands of people are supposed to die . people like me don’t understand medical terminology as to what this pertains to some words are obvious others are like what does that mean. For example they say cough, fever and runny nose. well personally I cough all the time have for years now. my nose always runs at certain times during the year , my eyes itch especially towards summer seasons, nose itch all the time and I cough and choking up at times due to my allergies! So you can see why I’m concerned and I can see how some people will panic . The nurses that come to the house weekly to help with my mother say that this has been around a lot longer than they have been telling us. which I believe because I was really super sick a while back with104 +fever .I was totally Delirious sharp shooting pains and I I could not stop crying.! This lasted for over a week. When it started I was fine in the afternoon then bye evening time- I wasn’t in control of anything.
I do wear a bandana around my face and I do wear gloves very important I believe especially when going anywhere. And before I come in the house like I take everything off and I take my shoes off also and make sure I wash my hands. my doctor said that it’s in the little droplet’s. Which are released into the air by us coughing or sneezing and wiping a runny nose, then touching something else. basically it is kind of an Airborne situation she said. One of the main things I want to know from the time it starts, what happened during the duration of the of this virus and what actually really killed them. what does it cause in your body to kill you? How long do you have to live when you do catch the virus? those who have died what have been the main thing the virus cause to kill them? Maybe I’m being too picky but it would be kind of nice to know some of those things I think it would save a lot of panic in the world because I know there are things that we need from the store that aren’t available and there’s no recent they that they shouldn’t be available because the manufacturers are in the United States and also how much does this virus relate to the plague? And I do hope and pray that all that everybody will be well and safe throughout this whole thing and I pray that the world doesn’t flip out and go crazy and start doing horrible stuff to survive I figured if it’s my time God willing so be it take care of everybody tell the ones you love you love them today and everyday. Say it loud say it proud and don’t be afraid to help Thy Neighbor. We must unite as a population to help us all . try not to be afraid for life is what it is! good and bad we will survive , we must! God gave us all a purpose on this Earth we must endure. In prayer I say dear God may you protect us all and comfort Us in these hard times. please Lord forgive us of our sins amen!
Southern Illinois here. Town shut down at 8pm. Luckily I have a PA to shop for me. My sweet giving Sister has made over 250 face mask for anyone that needs them. She had also donated them to Police and Fireman. I still see people helping those that need it. Thanks to ALL first responders, store and restaurant workers, truckers and the like that are keeping our country running.
Thank you, and thank you sister!!
With my job I’m on the road constantly. Seeing towns that are vacant of humans is eary. I travel all over wyoming doing property preservation 4 Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac. We do our best 2 keep our hands sanitized. But with cleaning homes that have been vacant, we don’t have to worry about the virus as much, butwedo worry about those that may have come to view the properties. We’ve gone 2 packing our own coffee pot as alot of the motels and gas stations no longer have coffee……..
All our local restaurants are doing carry-outs, with several even delivering! We usually go out or stop and bring something home 3-4 nights before all of this happening. We are trying to at least 1or 2 nights a week order out to help these restaurants. Grocery shopping is a challenge, as every time I go, the things I need are gone:( Online shopping is taking at least a week before you can pick it up.
We used Zoom tonight and visited all our family!
I still go to grocery stores (with mask on) due to the fact i have an elderly mother who lives with me and along with my kids so i try my best to stay safe and healthy and keep my distance. I am alot better then last week for I read my bible plans on my “YouVersion” app it has helped me with my fears and worries and gives me more understanding that my faith needs to be stronger in which im working on that. Im not trying to push any faith on anybody for im just stating how im staying sane and getting through this difficult time in which in time it will pass. Also i will be updating my website and doing stuff with it in which i have neglected it and feel bad for doing so and saying all that ill be fixing it up and focus on my site Armor of God site so, In the meantime I hope and pray everybody stays safe and healthy!
Even though I live in Baltimore, MD I decided to be with my significant other in Newark, New Jersey. They are enforcing curfews which is from 8p-5a. At most stores seniors can shop from 7a-9a.
Thank you to all. Stay safe, I totally forgot about scanning Amazon purchases, thanks for the reminder. Have been a saving grace, all my orders have been delivered a day ahead of schedule. Nice perk. Thx Yvonne on the. Edible Arrangements, the twins go through fresh fruit like nothing I’ve ever seen.
-Staying Safe in Dallas
Had to put my truck in the shop. It got sick; second time. First it got hot and had the shakes. Next a problem with it’s electrical system. When they called me and told me it was ready for pickup, I told him I was in the checkout line at the grocery store, it would be a couple hours before I could get there. I asked how much it would be. Well, it certainly wasn’t cheap. I put the toilet paper back and told him I had it covered !!!
Smile, we’ll get through this !!!
The Walgreens in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY only allows 5 customers in the store. When one leaves they will let another in.
All of my shopping is online now that this virus has taken over. I used Instacart for the first time and although I didn’t get everything I requested, it went very well. I am in the High risk group so staying home is best. I leave the delivery in my garage (except perishables) for 3 days and wipe everything down before bringing into the house. Wish I could find more Clorox or lysol wipes!
Hello Taylor thank you for this message. I know i appeciate it as well as other panel members. This is a very bad time in this country. I am not a trump fan but i think he is doing pretty good under the circumstances. He’s doing what we all need and deserve. I live in TN and they had a outbreak in our own city. Gallatin TN and it was in all places a nursing home. So as far as i heard they transported many nursing home patients and staff to the hospital via ambulances. Anyway Thanks for the updates and keep them coming.
First time writing on a blog. I’m in Yazoo City,Ms 39194. Our town is listed as the worst place to live in the United States. I enjoy being able to report my shopping trips. My problem is that CV 19 has caused a shopping panic attack in my town. I have food, water ,family and a nice home. But I need someone to mail me some rubbing alcohol and toilet paper. If you want to help send me a txt 662 571 2413. Can’t find these items. Thanks in advance
Since my exercise class is cancelled, our instructor (Delilah with Spirit Fit) has videos she’s made in the past and posted on YouTube. It really lifted my spirits today and alleviated the stress I’ve been carrying in my neck and shoulders the last 2 weeks. And a friend and I have been getting outdoors more – with social distancing – getting more walking and being able to talk things out (primary care provider to veterinarian). Thankfully the weather has been nice enough to get out – and we find enough “lower population” places to go.
This is serious and should be taken that way. Better to be safe than sorry. Our area is noticing more people in the 20 to 40’s year old range that are infected. All please be safe and cautious.
I am in Little River SC. We are senior citizens. My husbands shops for us during senior hours. CVS has delivery. Amazon gets all other business.
I still record all my purchases.
My husband does the shopping right now and we are trying to minimize contact with others, I scan the items when Ihe gets home. It’s been difficult for me just to run to the store and get what I need. It’s also hard for me not to go to yoga class that I started or go to work. I work in the food industry and our industry was the first to hit the financial wave of this. So now I have had to file for temp unemployment until this crisis is gone.
I had never considered using Walmart’s Pick Up Shopping APP until Now. Did it Once, March 23, 2020. All versions of each item are NOT available for this version of shopping. Not Out of Stock items. I’m referring to wanting a particular pkg of eggs that they always carry, just not eligible for grocery pickup. And some other items. I’m also not willing to allow someone to select my produce.
Good News: I DID find out that I can order groceries thru the Walmart APP for a store pick up in another city for my elderly parents. I simply have to NOT CHECK IN on the APP when ready. Have my parents Drive, Park, Call the PH# on the parking space sign, tell them my name, their parking space # & vehicle color; and they don’t have to exit their vehicle. We just have to Settle Up later in the Bill since I’d pay via the APP & they would owe me.
Additionally, when ordering
Online for Delivery: Walmart has many items that you can only buy in Multiples. For instance some canned goods, toiletries or cleaning products must be in 2pk, 4pk, 6pk, etc. Yet when those items arrive, they are just that many Singies in the box; not pkg’d that way – like Club packaging. I feel a little taken advantage of in these instances – forced to purchase More Qty.
AND, Walmart is Really Bad at Wasteful Over Packing their shipments. Using boxes 4 times larger than the product(s) inside, resulting in way too much air-cushioned packing supplies being used. Result: Waste of truck space & fuel in shipping as well as more packing trash created on receiving end for recycling.
While we are “sheltering in place”I would like to give a shout out to the employees who leave their homes everyday to keep our stores stocked with food and Necessary items as well as the cashiers and all store employees who put their health at risk for all of us; THANK YOU, YOU ARE TRUE HEREOS! As NCP can report we are still shopping, scanning and transmitting; we could not due this without these unsung hereos.
I’m not minimizing this virus but I’m also not going to give into it.
I continue going to the grocery store as I need to for what other supplies or what I may need to go purchase for someone else. I feel as long as I stay distant, wash my hands with some type of disinfectant when I get in the car, keep my hands away from my face, I think I’m okay. Many of us don’t have a choice as myself. I can’t find potty paper in my area at all. I am having to go out of my area to the next town over to find potty paper and or paper towels as I needed or somebody may need
I have received packages from Amazon which almost always has a barcode that will not scan. When choosing the option to type it in the barcode has letters but the key pad comes up all numbers with no option to change. How do I do this please?
Hi, If the purchase does not have a numerical barcode and there is no corresponding category for it on the No Barcode menu, then unfortunately you are unable to enter that information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please be advised that you should still include these items in the total price of your shopping trip without scanning them if you have purchased other items that you are able to enter.
Hope that helps. If you have any further questions, contact us at [email protected].
Thank y’all I still go to the corner store and grocery store as y’all can see? we can’t go hungry. But let me say I definitely can’t wait till it’s over or even let’s up little. To get back to our normal life’s. So stay safe and blessed ? to everyone of you out there. ?????
I just stay home and watch TV or Netflix and when i need something then i go out
I work closely with the trucking industry that many people complain about. A driver that I see often told me that for the first time in the over 30 years that he has been driving someone actually walked over to his truck and thanked him for doing what he does. There are many people like him that are working hard every day to provide us with what we need, especially now.
They are suppose to be putting the whole state of North Carolina on lock down. Right now we are sleeping in our car. So I honestly don’t know what we are going to do but I do know we won’t be shopping anyway. We got no funds to do anything with. Can not seem to get any help from anywhere I’ve tried calling everywhere.
Hi Susan. I’m not sure if you have tried this already but if you call 2-1-1 they will have a list of resources and organizations to put you in contact with that can help you. Also, The United Way is incredibly helpful. I looked them up in North Carolina and the number is 919-834-5200 the website is unitedwaync.org Even if you are not near their home office call them because they can help. Also, reach out to local churches as they may be able to give you some groceries to get by.
This info is for everyone really. Look up your closest United Way and call 2-1-1 for assistance. Good luck to you.
In Memphis, TN where I work…. There is a curfew after 6pm. All stores in Memphis and closer to my home in Mississippi are all doing pretty much the same as everywhere else. Same with restaurants. It doesn’t seem this pandemic has really hit the area that hard…. Yet. But, I have a feeling soon my work will not be on the “essential list” any longer and I will be doing the stuck at home thing. I make fewer shopping trips now because of the current store hours. I work 2nd shift and it was convenient for me to shop on the way home from work. But I am doing my best to get them in there.
Most of our stores and restaurants aren’t open the ones that I seen open are Stop & Shop Walmart and Dollar General and as for fast food McDonald’s Dairy Queen and Wendy’s in Connecticut also Dollar tree and everyone mostly by 8.00pm or 8.30pm are close
It’s been hard for me to get the things that I need from the store. I had to go to three different places to get what food I could find.
I am proud of my home town it seems that people and companies are doing over and above the average, One Landlord to a corner deli told the owners to not pay rent give it to their employees, she also has 2 lifts she rents and told them not to pay rent for April so they could buy groceries. A bakery owner and her 2 employees dressed up in T-Rex costumes and dropped off cookies and breads to kids in many neighborhoods, they put what they were doing in the newspaper asking for addresses and how many children lived in the home then the day of delivery they let the parents know they were coming so the kids could watch them walk up the driveway and they were doing a little dance as they left the goodies on the porch. And a lot more people are doing great things I just picked out the 2 I liked best for examples.
California is surviving in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m a Union President and our business has gone online as much as possible. I’m interested in seeing if there has been an uptake in the increase of subscriptions to online Business services like Zoom Video Conferencing ect. It’s actually been quite refreshing to work from home and still get business done. I remember the old films of the future and how we would all work and study from home. Funny how it all seems to be working so well. Also, something my Partner and I have noticed, not just locally but also globally, is that our planet seems to be having a reprieve. The skys, the air, the waters, seem to be saying ahhhhhh! I think this is something we should all take notice of and inform your Congress people and the presidency. Best wishes, from California!
As this virus and quarantines continue to grow I thank God that I am not only fortunate to still be employed and in good health (just battling my usual seasonal allergies as confirmed by an immediate care center) but my managers are also thankful that I have decided not to take any of the furlough packages being offered by corporate and I’m grateful for those who decided to take the furlough route so I can keep my full-time hours and keep my body and mind active. As far as shopping habits, the main thing that’s changed is I’m making more trips to stores as they are sometimes out of things I happen to need thanks yo hoarders who think it’s the end of the world. We are also trying to shop more local and small businesses as they are the ones being hardest hit.
The Edible Arrangement company has sent emails announcing you can order fresh produce to be delivered to your home.
Thank you I still go to grocery store As you notice we both alot and not going to restruants
Out in the physical stores that are open , there are lots more readily available bottles of hand sanitizers that merchants have made available for their consumers to use in strategic areas throughout their businesses. That is such a welcomed and highly necessary and important gesture.
* I purchased a lot in the first 2 weeks of March. Though I have gone out for a “couple of things”, I end up getting more. I don’t have to go back then. That worked for 6 days.
* a small grocery is allowing only 2 customers at a time. Good! There are 4 family members working and it’s a small store.
* Joann’s allowing 6 customers. Large red X’s on floor six feet apart, by check out, and by fabric counter!
I am a senior who live in Miami Fl. The grocery stores here are reserving some time for only seniors to be allow in the stores to shop since we are the group with the biggest risk.
Many sections are empty.
Today, Friday, march 27th., 2020 the Mayor has ordered people to remain at their home from 10 pm to 5 am unless you have a valid reason not to. The police will be patrolling the streets to make sure.
Since the nation is under quarantine, I was wondering if there was any plans to make exception in the reporting of shopping trips for those of us members that are in the “compromised group” of Americans?
Yes, we are sensitive to the fact that not everyone can shop during this time.
If you purchase things online and have them delivered, please try to record those items.
If you can’t shop at all, please email the Panel Support Center at [email protected] and they can make an note on your account.
Nothing to report
Hi. Hope all is well. I probably won’t be doing any food shopping this week because I stocked up on foods about a week ago. If I go out at all it well be to buy gasoline for my car. Just wanted to inform you. Be safe and take care.
Since I’ve been living with my daughter, I do not buy as many things as I was buying when I lived alone.
I also have this question. Am an older person, do not shop online and am staying in my home not shopping as I had plenty of everything before the word went out to stay home. Will shop again when it is safe to do so. Don’t penalize is for doing what we were asked to do.
Hi, NCP understands that you may not be shopping during the next few weeks due to social distancing or self-quarantining as a result of COVID-19.
Scanning the barcode on this page
will let us know you did not shop in a particular week.
In addition, it will leave your panel membership in good standing and keep you eligible for incentives such as NCP sweepstakes.
Once things begin to return to normal, we will let you know when the barcode is being disabled so that you can fully resume your participation again.
Thanks — and stay well.