As Customers Move Online, So Does the Holiday Shopping Season

Empty stores are turning into fulfillment centers and the market for warehouse space is booming, as the pandemic rockets the retail industry into its e-commerce future.

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Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn’t

They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more.

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Walmart Removes Guns From Sales Floor Citing Unrest

Walmart said the move was motivated by protests and looting that have roiled Philadelphia this week after police killed Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday.

#firearms, #gun-control, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

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Customers Still Like to Shop in Person, Even if They Get Only to the Curb

Online orders have surged for retailers in the pandemic, as curbside pickup helps Americans satisfy their desire to hop in a car and drive to the store.

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TikTok Files for Injunction to Stop Ban of App

While President Trump has blessed a deal for TikTok, the video app filed to stop a ban of its service that is set to go into effect on Sunday.

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Beyond TikTok, Walmart Looks to Transform

Away from the political drama of the TikTok deal, Walmart has been taking steps that are already changing the company and, by extension, the broader retail sector.

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TikTok and WeChat: What They Tell Us About the Global Internet

Banned apps, nefarious theories, trade wars, voiceless users. The case of TikTok isn’t news to most of the world.

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‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

The agreement for the social media app falls short of President Trump’s promises.

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Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus On What Makes Their SPAC Different

Silicon Valley stars Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus explain what makes their blank-check company different.

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

Oranges and frozen foods are being snapped up. Shelves have fewer choices. And customers are steering their carts in surprising new directions.

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Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting of a Black Man in a California Walmart

The Alameda County district attorney said an officer used “unreasonable” deadly force in a confrontation that lasted less than 40 seconds.

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Walmart Announces Membership Service in Attempt to Compete With Amazon

Walmart+ will cost $98 a year to receive free shipping for orders over $35. The company hopes to build on the success of its pickup grocery business.

#e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

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Why Does Walmart Want to Buy TikTok?

The app’s Chinese version, Douyin, is trying to become a mobile marketplace where video stars promote products. That could be a model for the U.S. retail giant if it acquires TikTok.

#china, #e-commerce, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #pinduoduo-mobile-app, #tiktok-bytedance, #walmart-stores-inc

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Walmart Joining Microsoft in TikTok Bid

The retail giant said it was teaming up with Microsoft, which has been negotiating for weeks to buy the popular Chinese-owned video app.

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Walmart, Target and Other Big-Box Retailers See Profits Surge During Pandemic

Walmart and Target reported record sales in the second quarter, driven by the convenience of one-stop shopping and their e-commerce operations.

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Salmonella Cases Linked to Onions Increase to Nearly 900

Grocery chains, including Publix and Giant Eagle, have recalled onions supplied by Thomson International and products that may contain the onions.

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There’s a Wrinkle in Stores’ Mask Policies: Enforcement

A number of large retailers have said that all customers must wear masks, but some employees have been told they cannot force those who refuse.

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Meet the New C.D.C. Director: Walmart

Why are big corporations requiring masks when many states still do not?

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How to Sell Books in 2020: Put Them Near the Toilet Paper

Book sales jumped this spring at big-box stores, which stayed open and stocked essentials while other shops closed.

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Corporate Political Donations Undermine Pledges

A new analysis shows how companies have funded political efforts that undermine their public stances.

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Walmart to Require Masks in Stores

The new rule, which goes into effect on Monday, is a strong statement about wearing masks in public spaces at a time when the issue has become politicized.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #sams-club, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

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Washington Redskins to Drop Name

The N.F.L. team in Washington announced the move Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.

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Gunfire at Walmart Distribution Center in California, Worker Says

The employee at the center in Red Bluff, Calif., said he had heard 50 to 60 shots as he and other employees fled the building.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #red-bluff-calif, #walmart-stores-inc

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Walmart Says It Will No Longer Lock Up African-American Beauty Products

The policy had been the subject of a racial discrimination lawsuit that was dropped last year, but the practice had come under renewed scrutiny.

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Retailers, Battered by Coronavirus, Now Confront Protesters

Even as major chains boarded up stores and halted operations, they largely sought to convey empathy for demonstrators and did not condemn the damage to their businesses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

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Big Pharmacy Chains Also Fed the Opioid Epidemic, Court Filing Says

New details emerge in a lawsuit asserting that chains including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens sold millions of pills in small towns but rarely flagged suspicious orders to authorities.

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Employers Grapple With Question as They Reopen: To Test or Not to Test?

Amazon and other companies are planning to test workers for the coronavirus. But there is little federal guidance, and some fear it could lead to a false sense of security.

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The Pandemic Ad Salutes You

In coronavirus-themed commercials, consumption is reframed as a public service performed by heroes, for heroes.

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Amazon Angles to Grab Back Customers

After losing some online shoppers to rivals during the pandemic, the retail giant is turning back to faster shipping times and big sales.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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For Most Food Stamp Users, Online Shopping Isn’t an Option

Rules and store technology can impede Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, but a pilot effort to expand access is picking up speed.

#agriculture-department, #amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #food-stamps, #kroger-company, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #walmart-stores-inc

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As Amazon Rises, So Does the Opposition

Stacy Mitchell knew that taking on a trillion-dollar company would be a lopsided fight. But the pandemic has not only made Amazon more essential. It has also made it vulnerable.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #athena-coalition, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #labor-and-jobs, #mitchell-stacy, #organized-labor, #walmart-stores-inc

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