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Workplace Culture

Unpredictable schedules are part of the retail gig but new policies could change that

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jun 13, 2019
But there are budding efforts to give hourly workers in those fields more dependable hours.
Many retail and service workers have to work night shifts and then return to work the next morning, dubbed "clopening."
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Walmart wants to deliver groceries straight into your fridge

by Jack Stewart Jun 10, 2019
The retailer says its associates will do the shopping for you, from its aisles to your kitchen.
Walmart plans to start offering in-fridge deliveries for select customers.
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Shareholder meetings as a venue for political candidates

by Erika Beras Jun 5, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to speak at Walmart's annual meeting.
A Walmart store is seen on May 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
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Changing supply chains isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3

by Tracey Samuelson May 22, 2019
Some companies are better suited to change where they get things made than others.
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Tariff jump could mean higher prices at Walmart, but not immediately

by Ben Bradford May 20, 2019
Walmart said in February its supply costs had jumped 3%, but it kept consumer prices mostly flat. That was before tariffs on Chinese imports jumped on Friday.
Shoppers wait in line at a Walmart store in Los Angeles.
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Walmart wants your pets to be customers

by Erika Beras May 7, 2019
The retailer probably already has your business.
Veterinary employees prepare a dog for surgery.
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Amazon, Walmart now offering grocery delivery to SNAP recipients

by Ben Bradford Apr 19, 2019
Walmart and Amazon are now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, for online grocery delivery in New York.
Signs for Amazon Go are seen outside the grocery store's location on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
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Walmart to use more robot technology for store tasks

by Jack Stewart Apr 10, 2019
Walmart will further its use of robots to keep labor costs down.
Several of Walmart's "automated assistants"
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Walmart reports a great holiday quarter

by Erika Beras Feb 19, 2019
Booming e-commerce, robust toy sales, and grocery pick-up and delivery powered the retailer to one of its strongest quarters in years.
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For big retailers, a mixed bag of holiday results

by Renata Sago Jan 10, 2019
We heard a lot of rosy retail forecasts heading into the holiday season. Consumer confidence was high, the economy was strong and sales were going to be great. How’d it pan out? A bit of a mixed bag, actually. Some…

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