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Walmart’s CEO reveals the 3 key phases of shoppers’ pandemic spending, from grocery stock-up trips to stimulus-induced splurges on televisions

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon described three main phases of pandemic spending: the stock-up phase, the “entertaining and education at home” phase, and the stimulus-spending phase. Shoppers stocked upon groceries and essentials in the first phase; bought puzzles, bicycles, and home office equipment in the second phase; and in the third […]
Walmart’s CEO reveals the 3 key phases of shoppers’ pandemic spending, from grocery stock-up trips to stimulus-induced splurges on televisions
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A Family Dollar security guard was killed after he refused to let a customer into the store because they weren’t wearing a mask. Experts say acts of aggression are a terrifying trend on the rise in the retail sector.

A Family Dollar security guard was shot and killed after he stopped a customer from entering the store because her daughter wasn’t wearing a protective mask. Experts say it is an example of a disturbing trend in the US of customers becoming more aggressive to retail workers and security guards […]
A Family Dollar security guard was killed after he refused to let a customer into the store because they weren’t wearing a mask. Experts say acts of aggression are a terrifying trend on the rise in the retail sector.
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The ad world prepares for a return to the office

Hello and welcome back to the Advertising and Media Insider, your weekly industry news fix. I’m Lucia Moses, deputy editor here. The future of work As the curve flattens, CEOs are starting to plan for a return to work. This past week we spoke to CEOs of the giant holding […]
The ad world prepares for a return to the office
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A Walmart store in Massachusetts is closed after a social media post informed local officials of a cluster of coronavirus cases where 23 employees tested positive

A Walmart in Worcester, Massachusetts, had 23 employees test positive for the coronavirus before being close by city officials on Wednesday. A Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that the company already planned to close the facility for cleaning and restocking on Thursday but worked with city officials to close earlier […]
A Walmart store in Massachusetts is closed after a social media post informed local officials of a cluster of coronavirus cases where 23 employees tested positive
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An unprecedented coalition of Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers is planning to strike over pandemic working conditions

A coalition of workers from Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, and Whole Foods is going on strike Friday to protest working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, The Intercept first reported. The workers say their employers, all of which have stayed open during the pandemic as “essential” businesses, have seen profits […]
An unprecedented coalition of Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Target, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers is planning to strike over pandemic working conditions
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‘We are the new Disneyland’: Essential workers in Walmart, Costco, and Target are frustrated by bored customers browsing stores for nonessential purchases amid the pandemic

Some retail workers at essential businesses are frustrated by customers who are lollygagging in stores and purchasing nonessential items. Employees at Walmart, Costco, Target, Staples, and CVS stores across the US told Business Insider that they have noticed customers using the store as a means of entertainment as opposed to […]
‘We are the new Disneyland’: Essential workers in Walmart, Costco, and Target are frustrated by bored customers browsing stores for nonessential purchases amid the pandemic
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Shoppers slammed new rules restricting Walmart, Target, and Costco from selling ‘nonessential’ items but an expert says it could save lives

Some local governments in the US have barred “essential” stores, such as grocery chains or big-box retailers, from selling “nonessential” items such as clothing and toys. These rules have provoked a strong reaction among consumers – while some are in favour, differing opinions over what counts as essential versus nonessential […]
Shoppers slammed new rules restricting Walmart, Target, and Costco from selling ‘nonessential’ items but an expert says it could save lives
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Costco, Walmart, and Target are barred from selling items like clothing and toys in some parts of the US. Here’s what’s considered ‘nonessential’ and where.

Vermont has barred the sale of arts and crafts products, jewellery, clothing, toys, and more in store that remain open. A Michigan order requires stores larger than 50,000 square feet to close areas dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centres, plant nurseries, or paint. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
Costco, Walmart, and Target are barred from selling items like clothing and toys in some parts of the US. Here’s what’s considered ‘nonessential’ and where.
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Grocery and food delivery apps are increasingly crucial amid coronavirus, but these may be out of reach for the most vulnerable Americans during the pandemic

Online grocery and food delivery services have become crucial tools amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, lack of high-speed internet and other accessibility issues can put these services out of reach for some of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. The elderly, people with disabilities, lower-income people, people of colour, and the […]
Grocery and food delivery apps are increasingly crucial amid coronavirus, but these may be out of reach for the most vulnerable Americans during the pandemic
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Analyst slams new rules preventing Costco, Walmart, and Target from selling nonessential items such as toys and clothing in certain parts of the US

Costco, Walmart, Target, and other retailers have been banned from selling certain nonessential goods in parts of the US. The rules are meant to reduce crowding amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Neil Saunders, the managing director of GlobalData Retail, says the restrictions are burdensome and show “a total ignorance of […]
Analyst slams new rules preventing Costco, Walmart, and Target from selling nonessential items such as toys and clothing in certain parts of the US
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Angry shoppers slam new rules preventing Walmart, Target, and Costco stores from selling ‘nonessential’ items such as toys and clothing in certain parts of the US

Governments in parts of the US have barred big-box stores and grocery chains from selling nonessential items to reduce foot traffic and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Vermont and Michigan are among the places that have enforced such rules. While some shoppers have celebrated the new restrictions, differing opinions […]
Angry shoppers slam new rules preventing Walmart, Target, and Costco stores from selling ‘nonessential’ items such as toys and clothing in certain parts of the US
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Amazon and Walmart are facing shortages and delays of essentials like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, but you might find them on one of these alternative websites

Amazon and Walmart seem to be sold out of many everyday essentials. But that doesn’t mean those essentials aren’t available elsewhere. We’ve compiled a list of places where you can shop for the things you need when the biggest stores aren’t an option. Here’s how you can keep everything from […]
Amazon and Walmart are facing shortages and delays of essentials like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, but you might find them on one of these alternative websites
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At least 4 grocery store employees across the US have died of the coronavirus. Their union is demanding sanitary working conditions, protective gear, and hazard pay for these essential workers.

As of Tuesday, at least four grocery store workers across the country have died of the coronavirus. They include a 27-year-old Giant store greeter in Maryland, and two workers at the same Walmart outside Chicago. As many Americans are under orders to stay home, grocery workers continue to report for […]
At least 4 grocery store employees across the US have died of the coronavirus. Their union is demanding sanitary working conditions, protective gear, and hazard pay for these essential workers.
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2 Walmart employees from a Chicago-area store have died from coronavirus

Two workers at a Chicago-area Walmart store have died from the coronavirus. The store has “reenforced” its sanitation measures. Neither of the employees had been in the store the week before they died. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Two associates at the same Chicago-area Walmart have died from the […]
2 Walmart employees from a Chicago-area store have died from coronavirus
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Police say a woman sprayed Lysol in a Walmart cashier’s eyes, and it’s a stark example of the challenges retail workers face as they manage frantic customers and risk their health

Police are searching for a woman who sprayed Lysol disinfectant into a Walmart cashier’s eyes, after the cashier informed her of purchase limits on the cleaning products. In another recent incident, a driver hit a Walmart security guard after he was told only one person per car could enter the […]
Police say a woman sprayed Lysol in a Walmart cashier’s eyes, and it’s a stark example of the challenges retail workers face as they manage frantic customers and risk their health
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Shirt sales are booming at Walmart, and one executive says it’s because videoconferencing shoppers only care about looking good from the ‘waist up’

Walmart’s executive vice president of corporate affairs Dan Bartlett told Yahoo Finance that the retail giant has seen a spike in sales of apparel tops. But there hasn’t been a corresponding boost in sales of bottoms like pants, shorts, and skirts. The reason? According to Bartlett, shoppers stuck working from […]
Shirt sales are booming at Walmart, and one executive says it’s because videoconferencing shoppers only care about looking good from the ‘waist up’
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Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and others are dedicating shopping hours to high-risk customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s where to shop and when.

Stores are opening early or dedicating the first hour of operation to vulnerable shoppers, such as pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and people older than 60. Dollar General, for example, is dedicating the first hour of operations every day in its more than 16,000 stores nationwide to senior […]
Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and others are dedicating shopping hours to high-risk customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s where to shop and when.
Tech

Clearview AI scraped billions of photos from social media to build a facial recognition app that can ID anyone — here’s everything you need to know about the mysterious company

A software startup that scraped billions of images from major web services – including Facebook, Google, and YouTube – is selling its tool to law enforcement agencies across the United States. The app can be loaded onto smartphones, and used to instantly identify unknown people. The point of the software […]
Clearview AI scraped billions of photos from social media to build a facial recognition app that can ID anyone — here’s everything you need to know about the mysterious company
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These 17 companies are revolutionising the retail industry

Retail is changing rapidly, and companies must innovate to keep up. Customers are increasingly demanding that the shopping experience be bespoke, eco-friendly, and immediately gratifying. Business Insider rounded up 17 companies that are meeting those demands with creative technologies and paradigm shifts, and, in the process, revolutionising the retail industry. […]
These 17 companies are revolutionising the retail industry
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What Walmart, Costco, and other famous retailers looked like when they first opened

Many modern-day retailers that you know and love have been around for years. Business Insider collected retro photographs of retailers like Costco, Walmart, and Macy’s. These images show just how much retail stores have changed over the decades. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Everyone gets their start somewhere. […]
What Walmart, Costco, and other famous retailers looked like when they first opened
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Walmart’s ad execs to know, hot DTC companies, iHeartMedia breaks hearts

Hello! Walmart fascinates us because of all the big retailers, it seems to have the best shot at challenging Amazon’s ad business. Advertisers want an alternative to Amazon, which is now the third-largest digital-advertising company behind Google and Facebook. Walmart has physical stores and the sales data they generate that […]
Walmart’s ad execs to know, hot DTC companies, iHeartMedia breaks hearts
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This is what the average Walmart shopper looks like

Walmart is the biggest retailer in the US – and the world – and attracts millions of shoppers to its stores each year. With this in mind, Business Insider decided to look at what its average American shopper looks like. We used data gathered from Kantar Retail’s ShopperScape, a monthly […]
This is what the average Walmart shopper looks like
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Walmart is apologizing for a now-deleted tweet that seems to make fun of late ‘Fast and the Furious’ actor Paul Walker

People are blasting Walmart for a now-deleted tweet that has been interpreted as insensitive. In response to a gif showing a driver speeding through traffic, Walmart tweeted, “Hey, Paul Walker. Click it, or ticket. ????,” a reference to Comedy Central’s show “Workaholics,” a Walmart spokesperson confirmed. “We apologise to Paul […]
Walmart is apologizing for a now-deleted tweet that seems to make fun of late ‘Fast and the Furious’ actor Paul Walker
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Walmart and Kroger are reportedly interested in buying Grubhub — but the struggling food-delivery startup denies it’s for sale

Walmart, Kroger, and at least two other grocers are open to buying Grubhub, according to the New York Post. “I have spoken with executives from each company (especially Walmart) and there is interest in acquiring Grubhub,” former Amazon executive and supply-chain consultant Brittain Ladd told the tabloid. The struggling food-delivery […]
Walmart and Kroger are reportedly interested in buying Grubhub — but the struggling food-delivery startup denies it’s for sale
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Walmart unveils a grocery-picking robot to take on Amazon and Kroger

Walmart on Wednesday unveiled a new automated system that picks and packs online grocery orders at high speeds. The system, called Alphabot, will help Walmart take on Amazon and Kroger in the battle for shoppers’ grocery spending. Alphabot operates in a 20,000 square-foot facility attached to a Walmart store. Visit […]
Walmart unveils a grocery-picking robot to take on Amazon and Kroger
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Walmart is taking another bite out of a multitrillion-dollar industry and bringing SmileDirectClub electric toothbrushes and toothpaste to more than 3,800 stores

Walmart is teaming with buzzy teeth-straightening company SmileDirectClub on a line of exclusive oral care products that include an electric toothbrush, specialty toothpastes, and an ultrasonic UV cleaner. The partnership is part of Walmart’s larger strategic push into the $US3.5 trillion US healthcare industry, building off the debut of its […]
Walmart is taking another bite out of a multitrillion-dollar industry and bringing SmileDirectClub electric toothbrushes and toothpaste to more than 3,800 stores
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How retailers around the world doubled down on grocery delivery in 2019

Delivery is one of the latest frontiers for the grocery business. Ecommerce insights firm Edge by Ascential analysed the latest big moves in terms of grocery delivery, as part of its July 2019 industry report. The report makes it clear that global giants like Walmart, Aldi, and Carrefour have made […]
How retailers around the world doubled down on grocery delivery in 2019
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