Tipsheet: Shaw’s Trucker Strike | Biden Eyes Food Stamp Bump | Macy’s App Commission


Shaw’s, Star Market truckers go on strike in New England at AP. “Truck drivers for Shaw’s supermarkets represented by the Teamsters went on strike Monday, stopping shipments to Shaw’s and Star Market grocery stores in New England. The drivers are responsible for delivering grocery store staples to more than 100 supermarkets across the region…” Read more


Amazon knew seller data was used to boost company sales at Politico. “An internal audit seen by POLITICO warned Amazon’s senior leadership in 2015 that 4,700 of its workforce working on its own sales had unauthorized access to sensitive third-party seller data on the platform — even identifying one case in which an employee used the access to improve sales.” Read more


Macy’s store employees score victory in challenging self-checkout in mobile app at CNBC. “An independent arbitrator ruled last week that Macy’s violated its bargaining agreement and said the company must find a way to credit employees for sales through the app or exclude departments, such as men’s suits and cosmetics, that have commission-based pay.” Read more


Kroger begins testing drone deliveries for baby products and s’mores at The Verge. “(Kroger) is partnering with Drone Express to deliver items like baby products, over-the-counter medications, and picnic supplies weighing up to about five pounds from a test store in Centerville, Ohio.” Read more


Here’s why Amazon is moving Prime Day to earlier in the summer at CNBC. “The two-day shopping extravaganza originally has been held in July, but Amazon said it will now take place in its second quarter, implying a June event…“There’re a number of factors,” Olsavsky said about why Amazon is moving the event up. Among those reasons, the CFO cited the Olympics taking place in July, as well as it being a “vacation month” for many families.” Read more


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Tiffany & Co. is selling men’s engagement rings for the first time in its 184-year history at CNN. Read more


California appeals court finds Amazon responsible for third party sellers’ products at The Verge. “It’s the second major case in California where an appeals court has rejected Amazon’s long-held position that it is merely an intermediary between buyers and its third-party sellers.” Read more


Starbucks Reserve — one of four in the world — opens in downtown Naperville; serving pizza, beer and wine at Chicago Tribune. “Its alcoholic drinks menu includes signature cocktails such as a seasonal pineapple rum float, an espresso martini and a whiskey cloud; wine by the glass or bottle; and beer that can be taken home in a growler.” Pics/Read more


Canadian Covid outbreaks challenge Tim Hortons’ turnaround and may hide its progress at CNBC. Read more


Biden Quietly Preparing for Food Stamp Increase Without Congress at Newsmax. “James Ziliak, director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky, said the re-evaluation “could result in an upward adjustment of 20% or more in the benefits.” That would amount to roughly a $136-a-month increase in the maximum benefit for a family of four, which was $680 before the temporary pandemic-related increase.” Read more


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