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Super Bowl commercials cost millions, but the payoff is hard for companies to resist. Here’s which companies were the biggest winners last year.

Super Bowl ads drove mobile and desktop traffic last year for various companies. Data from SimilarWeb showed a spike in traffic from January to February for TurboTax and others. Commercials during the highly watched game can cost millions. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Companies that advertised […]
Super Bowl commercials cost millions, but the payoff is hard for companies to resist. Here’s which companies were the biggest winners last year.
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Walmart’s plan to dominate advertising

Hello! Welcome to Insider Advertising for January 29. I’m senior advertising reporter Lauren Johnson, and here’s what’s going on: Walmart’s ad domination plan. Mark Zuckerberg slams Apple. Brands want Olympics refund. If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider’s guide to advertising and media. […]
Walmart’s plan to dominate advertising
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Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other companies’ decision to end partnerships with MyPillow spell ‘pain’ for the controversial pillow brand

Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, and other companies are ending partnerships with MyPillow. MyPillow CEO says companies cut ties because he is spreading baseless voter fraud theories. Industry experts said this will hurt MyPillow and put pressure on its direct sales business. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Companies’ […]
Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other companies’ decision to end partnerships with MyPillow spell ‘pain’ for the controversial pillow brand
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New York retail pharmacies will begin administering coronavirus doses on Thursday, kicking off a wider vaccine rollout across states

Starting last week, US officials began allowing states to transfer coronavirus vaccine from hospitals to local retail pharmacies to speed up immunizations. At least one state, New York, will begin administering those transferred doses to elderly Americans on Thursday. The immunizations mark the beginning of a much wider vaccine rollout […]
New York retail pharmacies will begin administering coronavirus doses on Thursday, kicking off a wider vaccine rollout across states
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The scoop on Walmart’s latest health venture

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: Walmart’s quietly building a startup that wants to use data to help customers make healthier […]
The scoop on Walmart’s latest health venture
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Walmart is launching a mysterious new fintech startup with Ribbit

Walmart announced it will launch a fintech startup. The company is partnering with investment firm Ribbit. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Walmart announced the formation of a new fintech startup, along with Ribbit Capital the company announced Monday. The retail giant shared that it will create affordable financial […]
Walmart is launching a mysterious new fintech startup with Ribbit
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Amazon, Walmart, and Target are taking a new approach to returns by telling customers to keep what they bought, even after issuing refunds

With more people than ever ordering online, major retailers are offering a new choice to customers for some returns: Keep the refunded merchandise. For small, lower-cost items, it makes less logistical and financial sense for large retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Target to process the physical return. Representatives for Walmart […]
Amazon, Walmart, and Target are taking a new approach to returns by telling customers to keep what they bought, even after issuing refunds
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Walmart accidentally sparks battle with Sen. Josh Hawley after a staffer called him a ‘#soreloser’ on the company’s Twitter account

On Wednesday, Walmart’s corporate Twitter account called Republican Sen. Josh Hawley a “#soreloser” after Hawley said he would challenge the certification of the Electoral College vote. Walmart said in a statement to Business Insider that the tweet “was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended […]
Walmart accidentally sparks battle with Sen. Josh Hawley after a staffer called him a ‘#soreloser’ on the company’s Twitter account
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The Justice Department is suing Walmart, accusing the retailer of turning its pharmacies into a network of opioid suppliers that helped fuel the epidemic

The Justice Department is suing Walmart, accusing it of playing a role in the opioid epidemic. Walmart preemptively sued the federal government in October. The lawsuit alleges that Walmart pharmacies did not properly screen prescriptions, understaffed pharmacies, and pushed employees to fill prescriptions quickly. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
The Justice Department is suing Walmart, accusing the retailer of turning its pharmacies into a network of opioid suppliers that helped fuel the epidemic
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Walmart is teaming up with TikTok to sell products on the app months after agreeing to acquire a stake in the video-based social media platform

Walmart will now allow TikTok users to buy its products directly on its live streams. “Naturally, when TikTok began exploring a new shoppable product, we jumped in to pilot the solution,” Walmart Chief Marketing Officer William White wrote in a statement sent to Business Insider. Walmart tentatively agreed to acquire […]
Walmart is teaming up with TikTok to sell products on the app months after agreeing to acquire a stake in the video-based social media platform
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Walmart looks to expand its futuristic delivery capabilities with a new driverless truck trial in its home state of Arkansas

Walmart is expanding its pilot with autonomous vehicle company Gatik. Beginning in 2021, Gatik’s “autonomous box trucks” will begin fulfilling customer orders without safety drivers, driving products between a dark store and a Walmart Neighbourhood Market in Bentonville, Arkansas. “We’ll be working with Gatik to monitor and gather new data […]
Walmart looks to expand its futuristic delivery capabilities with a new driverless truck trial in its home state of Arkansas
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Americans are stockpiling cleaning supplies again, even though research suggests COVID-19 does not primarily spread through surfaces. Experts say that’s ok.

Costco, Walmart, and Kroger have reported an increased demand for cleaning supplies as COVID-19 cases spike in the US. But the CDC updated guidelines in May to say surface transmission “isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” and updated research suggests COVID-19 can spread through non-ventilated air. […]
Americans are stockpiling cleaning supplies again, even though research suggests COVID-19 does not primarily spread through surfaces. Experts say that’s ok.
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How Walmart’s latest tech acquisition could make ‘last-mile’ delivery fast and affordable — and beat Amazon at its own game

Walmart has announced its intent to acquire peer-to-peer delivery company JoyRun. “We’ll be able to explore how the technology could complement ours,” Srini Venkatesan, Walmart’s executive vice president of global technology, told Business Insider in a statement. Walmart has long worked to dominate “last mile” delivery in order to better […]
How Walmart’s latest tech acquisition could make ‘last-mile’ delivery fast and affordable — and beat Amazon at its own game
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Walmart has something Amazon doesn’t to safeguard against holiday shipping delays: a network of brick-and-mortar stores that will serve as last-mile fulfillment centres

Walmart’s physical retail stores could give it a key advantage over Amazon during the holiday shopping rush. With industry experts expecting massive shipping delays thanks to a spike in online shopping amid the pandemic, both Amazon and Walmart are urging in-person order pick-ups. While Amazon has some brick-and-mortar stores plus […]
Walmart has something Amazon doesn’t to safeguard against holiday shipping delays: a network of brick-and-mortar stores that will serve as last-mile fulfillment centres
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Stores like Walmart are changing Black Friday shopping to make it safer. Experts say none of it will matter if shoppers don’t wear masks.

Several stores have added additional safety precautions ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy to protect both customers and employees. We spoke to three experts to find out which precautions will actually help. The experts agree that enforcing mask-wearing and social distancing are good, but mandates like reducing store hours […]
Stores like Walmart are changing Black Friday shopping to make it safer. Experts say none of it will matter if shoppers don’t wear masks.
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Amazon and Walmart are hiring hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers, as the invisible retail underclass form the ‘backbone of our economy’ this holiday season

Warehouse employment is surging this holiday season, as e-commerce sales skyrocket during the pandemic. The US added 146,700 warehouse and storage jobs from April to October, as companies like Amazon and Walmart scrambled to fulfil online shopping orders and prepare for the peak holiday season. Some warehouse workers say that […]
Amazon and Walmart are hiring hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers, as the invisible retail underclass form the ‘backbone of our economy’ this holiday season
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Ray Dalio’s hedge fund poured about half a billion dollars into Walmart, Alibaba, and Coca Cola, and dumped large positions in China-focused ETFs in the 3rd-quarter

Investing legend Ray Dalio’s hedge fund poured millions into Alibaba, Walmart, and Coca Cola, and sold some positions in Chinese equity ETFs in the third quarter this year. The billionaire also invested heavily in McDonald’s, Abbott Labs, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. While the fund’s largest withdrawal was […]
Ray Dalio’s hedge fund poured about half a billion dollars into Walmart, Alibaba, and Coca Cola, and dumped large positions in China-focused ETFs in the 3rd-quarter
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‘Starvation wages’: Walmart and McDonald’s among firms with the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, according to a Bernie Sanders-commissioned report

Walmart and McDonald’s are among the companies with most workers on federally-funded social safety net programs to help pay for healthcare and food assistance, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Thousands of people working at the chains are on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamps […]
‘Starvation wages’: Walmart and McDonald’s among firms with the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, according to a Bernie Sanders-commissioned report
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Walmart’s toilet-paper and cleaning-supply shortages return amid COVID surge, with managers determining if stores should bring back purchasing limits

Walmart is struggling to keep toilet paper and cleaning supplies in stock as coronavirus cases surge. “As is normal during periods of fluctuating demand, store managers have the discretion to implement item limits based on their specific store experience to help sustain product availability,” Walmart said in a statement. Kroger, […]
Walmart’s toilet-paper and cleaning-supply shortages return amid COVID surge, with managers determining if stores should bring back purchasing limits
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As a third coronavirus wave pummels the nation, here’s how major retailers are implementing safety measures in their stores ahead of the holiday shopping season

With the holiday shopping season nearly upon us at the same time coronavirus cases are surging nationwide, retailers are thinking carefully about how to make stores safe for shoppers. Many major retailers known for door-buster deals are doing away with big Black Friday events to reduce crowding at stores. Companies […]
As a third coronavirus wave pummels the nation, here’s how major retailers are implementing safety measures in their stores ahead of the holiday shopping season
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Dozens of pharmacies, including those inside Walmart, Costco, and Kroger stores, will now be able to administer COVID vaccines when they’re available

The US Department of Health and Human Services just announced a partnership with large pharmacy chains to distribute an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. The list of chain pharmacies includes CVS, Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, Publix, Walgreens and Kroger. There is not currently an approved vaccine for the new coronavirus. Pfizer this […]
Dozens of pharmacies, including those inside Walmart, Costco, and Kroger stores, will now be able to administer COVID vaccines when they’re available
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Shoppers who use food stamps are turning to Amazon to buy groceries online during the pandemic, and it could help the company win business away from Walmart

Shoppers who use food stamps are increasingly turning to Amazon to buy groceries online during the pandemic. Over 1 million US households bought groceries online in September using Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits, with the majority of that shopping taking place at Amazon and Walmart, according to Bloomberg. The rise […]
Shoppers who use food stamps are turning to Amazon to buy groceries online during the pandemic, and it could help the company win business away from Walmart
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Self-driving delivery startup Nuro just raised $500 million to help make automated pizza and grocery delivery a reality — here’s how it works

Nuro, a self-driving delivery startup, has raised $US500 million in its latest funding round, according to the company’s news release. Nuro specialises in developing electric autonomous vehicles that have one purpose: the transportation of goods from storefronts to customers’ homes. The California-based startup has partnered with a list of big […]
Self-driving delivery startup Nuro just raised $500 million to help make automated pizza and grocery delivery a reality — here’s how it works
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Walmart teams with electric self-driving carmaker Cruise in the retail giant’s latest push for futuristic delivery technology

Walmart will be launching a new self-driving car delivery pilot in 2021. The retail giant has frequently experimented with delivery technology, including self-driving cars and drones. This time, the team-up will see Walmart partner with Cruise, a company that operates a fleet of all-electric self-driving cars. “Technology that has the […]
Walmart teams with electric self-driving carmaker Cruise in the retail giant’s latest push for futuristic delivery technology
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Here’s when stores will open for Black Friday sales

Black Friday looks totally different thanks to the coronavirus. Most big retailers like Walmart and Best Buy are spreading sales across several days. In-store sales will not start on Thanksgiving this year, reversing a trend. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Black Friday shoppers can sleep in this year. […]
Here’s when stores will open for Black Friday sales
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Innovation Inc: How the ‘Amazon effect’ has reached the Washington Post

The “Amazon effect” is no longer segmented to the retail industry. The disruption the e-commerce giant caused in the sector is now reflective of the change happening across industries, with many companies using Amazon as a model for how to pursue digital transformation. Washington Post’s chief information officer Shailesh Prakash […]
Innovation Inc: How the ‘Amazon effect’ has reached the Washington Post
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Walmart scrapped plans to let these 6-foot-tall robots check inventory at stores, after reportedly finding that it’s simpler to let humans do the job

After a 500-store trial, Walmart has scrapped plans to roll out Bossa Nova’s inventory-scanning robots. The grocer found different and sometimes simpler solutions, sources told the Wall Street Journal Monday, which included having staff flag inventory issues as they walked the aisles. Walmart US chief executive John Furner was also […]
Walmart scrapped plans to let these 6-foot-tall robots check inventory at stores, after reportedly finding that it’s simpler to let humans do the job
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Walmart is removing guns from its stores ahead of Election Day, but this isn’t the first time the company has done so to protect its workers amid ‘civil unrest’

Walmart said Thursday that it was removing guns and ammunition from its store displays as a precaution amid “civil unrest” related to Election Day. This isn’t the first time the company had done so – it pulled weapons and ammo from sales floors in June following widespread demonstrations protesting the […]
Walmart is removing guns from its stores ahead of Election Day, but this isn’t the first time the company has done so to protect its workers amid ‘civil unrest’
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Walmart’s advertising business is rattling agencies

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 30. I’m Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Today’s news: Walmart rattles agencies, WPP hires McKinsey for five-year plan, and […]
Walmart’s advertising business is rattling agencies
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Walmart is turning 4 of its stores into partial e-commerce hubs in an unprecedented test of combing in person and online shopping

Walmart will be testing the integration of online order fulfillment centres into in-person shopping stores as the company’s ecommerce sales continue to boom during the coronavirus pandemic. The four stores will also test new technologies and enhancements meant to streamline the stores’ operations. Last month, the retail giant announced that […]
Walmart is turning 4 of its stores into partial e-commerce hubs in an unprecedented test of combing in person and online shopping
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Never-ending early holiday deals are sure to cause deal fatigue this year, experts warn. It’s like endlessly ‘hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving.’

the 2020 holiday season so far has been characterised by retailers doubling down on e-commerce and offering discounts to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. Business Insider spoke to seven retail industry experts about what brands can expect from the stretched out holiday shopping season. Experts noted that retailers have witnessed […]
Never-ending early holiday deals are sure to cause deal fatigue this year, experts warn. It’s like endlessly ‘hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving.’
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Walmart CEO urges Congress to pass another stimulus bill, assisting those who ‘really need help’ and boosting holiday sales by billions of dollars

Congress departed Washington without approving its coronavirus aid bill. Another round of stimulus in the form of $US1,200 checks could boost online holiday sales by billions of dollars, according to Adobe analysis released on Wednesday. Many retailers, including Target, Walmart, and Home Depot, have said that the first round of […]
Walmart CEO urges Congress to pass another stimulus bill, assisting those who ‘really need help’ and boosting holiday sales by billions of dollars
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Online sales explode as Black Friday crumbles into months of deals, with experts predicting Americans will spend $3 billion every single day the week of Thanksgiving

US online sales will reach $US189 billion in the 2020 holiday shopping season, according to an Adobe Analytics report released on Wednesday. That’s an increase of 33% from 2019, equivalent to two years of growth in one holiday season. Adobe predicts that online sales will surpass $US2 billion every day […]
Online sales explode as Black Friday crumbles into months of deals, with experts predicting Americans will spend $3 billion every single day the week of Thanksgiving
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How Quibi fell apart in 199 days

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 26. I’m Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Today’s news: How Quibi fell apart, inside The Richard Group’s troubles, and […]
How Quibi fell apart in 199 days
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I’m a Walmart delivery driver who’s made over $100,000 in the last year. I love my job, even though I work 80 hours a week and have only taken one day off.

Brenda Brown is a 57-year-old delivery driver for Walmart based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Brown is currently a graduate student at Weber State University studying healthcare administration. She’s been delivering for Walmart since September 2019, and said the coronavirus pandemic has been a “rollercoaster of emotion” for her and […]
I’m a Walmart delivery driver who’s made over $100,000 in the last year. I love my job, even though I work 80 hours a week and have only taken one day off.
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Sam’s Club is hiring 2,000 e-commerce workers and launching week-long deals in preparation for a surge in online holiday shopping

Sam’s Club will hire 2,000 permanent workers to staff its fulfillment and distribution centres. The Walmart-owned members-only retailer has also begun launching holiday deals. Like many retailers, Sam’s Club is overhauling its holiday timeline in order to suit the needs of members during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Sam’s Club is hiring 2,000 e-commerce workers and launching week-long deals in preparation for a surge in online holiday shopping
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Walmart sells UK grocer Asda for $8.8 billion

Walmart has sold its UK grocery chain Asda in an $US8.8 billion deal, Asda announced on Friday. The buyer consortium included private equity firm TDR Capital and Euro Garages owners the Issa brothers. Walmart will retain an equity investment in the business, but TDR Capital and the Issa brothers will […]
Walmart sells UK grocer Asda for $8.8 billion
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Walmart is overhauling 200 of its stores into an airport-inspired theme expected to perfectly blend the online and in-store shopping experience

Walmart is redesigning 200 supercenters across the country, with an eye toward combining shoppers’ digital and in-store experiences. The newly-refurbished stores will feature bolder signage to reflect and encourage app usage, more self-checkout kiosks, and separate sections for toys, electronics, and baby products. “We’ve tried to think through how we […]
Walmart is overhauling 200 of its stores into an airport-inspired theme expected to perfectly blend the online and in-store shopping experience
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Workers say major retailers suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, and the agency meant to help workers and customers is powerless to protect them

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life for many retail workers, who risk catching or spreading the virus as frontline workers. Compounding those fears are “gag orders” from employers, which require employees to stay silent. While anxieties over the coronavirus remain top of mind for frontline workers, retail employees feel they […]
Workers say major retailers suppress news of workplace COVID-19 cases, and the agency meant to help workers and customers is powerless to protect them
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Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s are slated to hire an estimated 240,000 employees this holiday season — many of which will be dedicated to fulfilling online orders

National retailers like Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s are betting big on e-commerce this holiday season. Those three companies alone plan to hire an estimated 240,000 seasonal workers. Consumers in the US have increasingly come to rely on e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Walmart, […]
Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s are slated to hire an estimated 240,000 employees this holiday season — many of which will be dedicated to fulfilling online orders
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Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Here’s everything you need to know about the retailer’s delivery trials.

Walmart has partnered up with three different drone technology companies to start experimenting with the delivery technology. Business Insider interviewed Tom Ward, Walmart’s senior vice president of customer product, about Walmart’s drone trials. “Like anything at Walmart, once we’re excited about something because our customers enjoy it, we’ll move as […]
Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Here’s everything you need to know about the retailer’s delivery trials.
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Walmart said ‘ekejechb ecehggedkrrnikldebgtkjkddhfdenbhbkuk’ about investing in TikTok, and it’s a sign of how frenzied the saga has become

Walmart included a massive nonsensical typo in its news release about the TikTok deal over the weekend. When discussing Oracle’s role as TikTok’s new cloud provider, the company included this sentence: “This unique technology eliminates the risk of foreign governments spying on American users or trying to influence them with […]
Walmart said ‘ekejechb ecehggedkrrnikldebgtkjkddhfdenbhbkuk’ about investing in TikTok, and it’s a sign of how frenzied the saga has become
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This Fertility DTC is teaming up with Walmart to revamp the ‘family planning’ aisle and make affordable fertility tests part of mainstream wellness

Modern Fertility, a direct-to-consumer hormone, pregnancy, and ovulation test company will now sell its pregnancy and ovulation tests at 1,600 walmarts across the US and on Walmart.com. Modern Fertility founder Afton Vechery said that partnering with Walmart will enable the startup to move forward its mission of true accessibility for […]
This Fertility DTC is teaming up with Walmart to revamp the ‘family planning’ aisle and make affordable fertility tests part of mainstream wellness