Thursday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines.

Mattel Heroes

Mattel is expanding its #ThankYouHeroes toy line honoring first responders.

The expanded collection includes new items from Matchbox, Mega Contstrux and Uno are available for pre-order online through May 31. Items are expected to be shipped by Dec. 31.

Net proceeds from the line will go to the #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative created to support first responder healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Clorox/United Airlines

Clorox is partnering with United Airlines and medical experts at the Cleveland Clinic to bring its products to airplanes and airport areas and make its cleaning products more accessible to travelers.

The companies said through United CleanPlus, Clorox products will be used to sanitize the airline’s terminals, gate areas, lounges and planes to combat the novel coronavirus threat and make traveling safer for passengers.

Contact tracing

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google.

But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules.

Using apps to accelerate contact tracing, in which authorities identify and test people who were recently near a virus carrier, has emerged as a tool to stem new outbreaks.

Grocery meat

The disruption of meat is easing.

Bloomberg reports wholesale prices are falling as meatpacking plants are staying open.

Slaughterhouses are operating at 85% of year ago levels.


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