Walmart raising pay for 165,000 hourly workers at Talk Business. “The new system includes new leadership roles in supercenters, both at the salaried and hourly level: store lead (formerly co-manager), coach (formerly assistant manager) and team lead (previously department manager). The retailer says the staffing structure is similar to a system it’s been trying out for the past year at Sam’s Club and Neighborhood Market stores.” Read more
Oracle, Walmart Aim for Big Stakes in TikTok at Wall Street Journal. “Under the latest plan for TikTok, Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. could together own a significant stake, according to people familiar with the situation…Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon is expected to get a board seat if the deal goes through, said some of the people familiar with the matter.” WSJ subs.
Testing Amazon Kitchen – the tech giant’s first hot food bar at Amazon Go Grocery at GeekWire. “Overall, I wasn’t impressed with Amazon Kitchen’s hot food, nor was I disappointed. It’s on par with what you’d find at the hot food section inside your local supermarket. Not exactly healthy or the best ingredients, but satisfying comfort food that you can grab on the go, and won’t break the bank.” Read/Pics/Video
Shares of furniture retailer Herman Miller soar as home office sales surge at CNBC. “Herman Miller reported fiscal first quarter earnings per share of $1.24, blowing past the earnings of 26 cents per share expected by Wall Street, according to Refinitiv. The company made $626.8 million in revenue, topping estimates of $524.8 million. Organic sales for Herman Miller grew 13% last quarter.” Read more
Walmart’s latest PS5 preorders were gone in about a minute at The Verge. Read more
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H-E-B will use robots to fulfill online orders for pick-up, delivery at Fox Business. “H-E-B will be partnering with Swisslog, a logistics and robotics company based in Switzerland, the companies announced this week. Swisslog will provide H-E-B with several automated micro-fulfillment centers — small-scale warehouses that use robots to fulfill online orders.” Read more
America’s Best Employers For New Graduates (Whole Foods #1, Trader Joe’s #2, QuikTrip #12) at Forbes. List
Cash-strapped Postal Service struggled to placate Amazon during coronavirus upheaval at Fox Business. “Tensions between the service, a government agency that funds itself with sales of products such as stamps rather than tax dollars, and Amazon surged as the two parties attempted to negotiate a new contract in April, with pricing in question, according to nearly 10,000 pages of emails, legal memos, presentations, and other documents obtained by the Washington Post.” Read more
Online grocery sales projected to reach $250B, or 21.5% of total grocery sales, by 2025 Press release
Amazon has removed dozens of listings for peptides, drugs that can be used for doping, after an investigation from The Markup found 66 examples of such products on the site. at The Verge. Read more
Rent the Runway overhauls subscription plan as pandemic reshapes business at CNBC. “The unlimited option had allowed Rent the Runway customers to pay $159 per month to exchange as many items as they wanted, as many times as they wanted, so long as they only had four items out at once. Now, they can choose from plans that offer four, eight and 16 items each month, with the ability to add extra pieces for an extra fee.” Read more
Dee Snider scolds anti-mask parade at Florida Target
Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23
Amazon reveals first 5 companies to receive investments from its $2B Climate Pledge Fund
HBR: Why the U.S. Still Has a Severe Shortage of Medical Supplies
Why Hollywood isn’t worried about TikTok being banned by Trump
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