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Some Whole Foods workers say they’re stressed out and frustrated as COVID cases rise ahead of the holidays, and it’s a symptom of a national crisis among America’s grocery store workers

Some Whole Foods workers say they are scared and stressed out ahead of the holidays and amid a worsening coronavirus crisis. Business Insider spoke with five current Whole Foods employees from different regions across the country and one who recently left the company who said employee morale is low, COVID-19 […]
Some Whole Foods workers say they’re stressed out and frustrated as COVID cases rise ahead of the holidays, and it’s a symptom of a national crisis among America’s grocery store workers
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Retailers like Walmart and Target will be closed on Thanksgiving this year but some stores are still opening for the holiday. Here’s the list.

More stores than usual are closed on Thanksgiving this year, and Black Friday isn’t starting Thursday night. Most of the stores open are grocery stores. Retailers like Walmart that are historically open on Thanksgiving will be closed this year. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Black Friday shopping won’t […]
Retailers like Walmart and Target will be closed on Thanksgiving this year but some stores are still opening for the holiday. Here’s the list.
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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey thinks capitalism should rebrand to ‘innovationism’ and believes it’s responsible for ‘lifting humanity literally out of the dirt’

Whole Foods Market founder and CEO John Mackey is a big fan of capitalism. “I will say capitalism is the greatest invention that humanity’s ever done,” Mackey said, speaking at the Federalist Society’s October 1 panel on “The Future of Our Food.” Mackey described capitalism as a “win-win-win game” that […]
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey thinks capitalism should rebrand to ‘innovationism’ and believes it’s responsible for ‘lifting humanity literally out of the dirt’
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Workers at chains including Whole Foods and Whataburger are taking legal action in fight over employees’ right to wear Black Lives Matter masks

Workers at Whataburger, Whole Foods, and Kroger-owned grocery stores QFC and Ralphs have filed complaints against employers over alleged bans on Black Lives Matter masks and buttons. Companies say that any masks or buttons with messages on them violate corporate dress codes. Whole Foods and Whataburger employees say that they […]
Workers at chains including Whole Foods and Whataburger are taking legal action in fight over employees’ right to wear Black Lives Matter masks
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‘It’s like being in a sci-fi nightmare film’: Whole Foods employees say Amazon workers are crowding stores, ignoring virus protocols, and hounding them for help as online orders surge

Tensions are mounting between Whole Foods employees and the workers who pick and pack Amazon’s Prime Now online orders, according to interviews with seven Whole Foods employees. The Whole Foods employees said they were suffering from understaffing and struggling to keep shelves stocked as a growing number of Amazon Prime […]
‘It’s like being in a sci-fi nightmare film’: Whole Foods employees say Amazon workers are crowding stores, ignoring virus protocols, and hounding them for help as online orders surge
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Amazon posted — and then deleted — a job listing for an ‘intelligence analyst’ to monitor workers’ efforts to unionize

Summary List Placement Amazon posted a job listing this week for an “intelligence analyst” tasked with monitoring workers’ efforts to unionize and reporting back to top executives at the company. The analyst’s job duties would also include gathering information for use in Amazon’s legal actions, including restraining orders against labour […]
Amazon posted — and then deleted — a job listing for an ‘intelligence analyst’ to monitor workers’ efforts to unionize
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America’s biggest retailers are holding a design competition to kill the plastic bag once and for all — and winners can receive up to $100,000 for their solutions

Retailers, from Walmart to Walgreens, are holding a design competition with the goal of replacing an environmental scourge: the plastic bag. Over 100 billion single-use plastic bags are used in the U.S. every year, and less than 10% of those are recycled. Winners can receive up to $US100,000 for their […]
America’s biggest retailers are holding a design competition to kill the plastic bag once and for all — and winners can receive up to $100,000 for their solutions
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Workers speak out against Black Lives Matter face mask bans, as companies like Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods grapple with viral backlash

Restaurant and retail employees are fighting for the right to wear Black Lives Matter masks and t-shirts to work. Some companies, such as Whole Foods and Chick-fil-A, are banning employees from wearing BLM gear. Others, such as Starbucks and Wawa, have reversed course after initially prohibiting items supportive of the […]
Workers speak out against Black Lives Matter face mask bans, as companies like Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods grapple with viral backlash
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A group of Democratic senators is demanding answers from Amazon-owned Whole Foods CEO John Mackey about how the grocer tracks its workers to prevent unionizing

Five Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on Thursday, demanding answers about the company’s union avoidance efforts. The letter follows Business Insider’s report from last month that showed how Whole Foods tracked each of its 510 stores using an elaborate scoring system to gauge the […]
A group of Democratic senators is demanding answers from Amazon-owned Whole Foods CEO John Mackey about how the grocer tracks its workers to prevent unionizing
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Amazon is opening more ‘dark’ Whole Foods stores as online grocery orders surge and workers worry about rising infections

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is converting its sixth location to a “dark store” that is dedicated to filling only online orders. “As we navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19, we continue to find ways to increase delivery availability while navigating safety measures and social distancing,” an Amazon spokesperson said. Kroger, Stop […]
Amazon is opening more ‘dark’ Whole Foods stores as online grocery orders surge and workers worry about rising infections
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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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Amazon-owned Whole Foods is quietly tracking its employees with a heat map tool that ranks which stores are most at risk of unionizing

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is tracking and scoring stores it deems at risk of unionizing, according to five people with knowledge of the effort and internal documents viewed by Business Insider. The scores are based on more than two dozen metrics, including racial diversity, employee loyalty, “tipline” calls, and violations recorded […]
Amazon-owned Whole Foods is quietly tracking its employees with a heat map tool that ranks which stores are most at risk of unionizing
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Whole Foods employees are among the first retail workers to get face shields — in addition to masks — amid growing infections on the front lines of the pandemic

Starting Monday, all Whole Foods employees and Amazon Prime Now shoppers will have access to face shields and face masks. The face masks are mandatory for employees, while the reusable face shields are optional, Whole Foods told Business Insider. Whole Foods also plans to replace its manual thermometers with thermal […]
Whole Foods employees are among the first retail workers to get face shields — in addition to masks — amid growing infections on the front lines of the pandemic
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Jeff Bezos visited an Amazon warehouse and a Whole Foods to thank employees who are working during the coronavirus crisis as safety concerns rise among workers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday visited one of the company’s warehouses and a Whole Foods, thanking employees who are working during the coronavirus pandemic. In a video posted by Amazon, Bezos can be seen touring the facilities while greeting and waving at employees. The tours took place near Dallas, […]
Jeff Bezos visited an Amazon warehouse and a Whole Foods to thank employees who are working during the coronavirus crisis as safety concerns rise among workers
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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.
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I went to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Wegmans to see which store had the best frozen-food dinner for under $10 and decided that my heart and money would stay with Trader Joe’s

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Wegmans are all often crowded with loyal shoppers, and many of them go for the stores’ frozen foods. As a frozen-food fan who frequently shops at Trader Joe’s, I decided to try two frozen-food products from each grocer to see if a switch was necessary. […]
I went to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Wegmans to see which store had the best frozen-food dinner for under $10 and decided that my heart and money would stay with Trader Joe’s
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The Drive-Thru: Whole Foods shortages, Davos, and delivery drama

Hello! Welcome to another week of The Drive-Thru, Business Insider’s weekly roundup of the biggest stories in restaurants and retail. If someone forwarded you this email, you can sign up here to get The Drive-Thru in your inbox every Friday. This is going to be my last week writing The […]
The Drive-Thru: Whole Foods shortages, Davos, and delivery drama
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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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Whole Foods is selling dangerous anti-vaccine propaganda in its checkout aisles

Whole Foods checkout aisles around the country have sold magazines that promote anti-vaccine talking points. One article, adapted from a defunct anti-vaccine website, is literally titled “MMR Vaccine Causes Autism.” These magazines are also a symptom of a much larger problem: an anti-vaccine movement helped along by social platforms and […]
Whole Foods is selling dangerous anti-vaccine propaganda in its checkout aisles
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Amazon’s Whole Foods predicts the top 10 food trends and products of 2020

Amazon-owned Whole Foods has revealed its predictions for the top food trends and products in 2020. The list includes zero-proof drinks, watermelon seed butter, tiger-nut flour, and monk-fruit sweetener. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Amazon-owned Whole Foods on Monday revealed its predictions for the top trends and products […]
Amazon’s Whole Foods predicts the top 10 food trends and products of 2020
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Whole Foods recalls cheese in 7 states over listeria concerns

Whole Foods has recalled Dorset cheese over concerns of a possible listeria contamination. The recalled cheese was supplied by Consider Bardwell Farm and was sold at Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Whole […]
Whole Foods recalls cheese in 7 states over listeria concerns
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren slam Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ plan to cut medical benefits for part-time workers

Critics are slamming Whole Foods over its plan to cut medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers next year. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are among those criticising the move. The Amazon-owned company told Business Insider last week it was cutting benefits “to better meet […]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren slam Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ plan to cut medical benefits for part-time workers
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Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ decision to drop health benefits for hundreds of part-time workers reveals how promises to workers like CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent pledge are worthless

Whole Foods, a subsidiary of Amazon, said Thursday that it would be cutting healthcare benefits for hundreds of part-time employees. The move comes just weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos signed on to a Business Roundtable statement pledging to invest in workers, including “providing important benefits.” The Whole Foods decision […]
Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ decision to drop health benefits for hundreds of part-time workers reveals how promises to workers like CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent pledge are worthless
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Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers

Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers. The Amazon-owned company told Business Insider it was cutting benefits “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model.” “I am in shock,” one Whole Foods worker said. “I’ve worked here […]
Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers
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Whole Foods workers demand that ‘dystopian’ Amazon severs ties to ICE

Some Whole Foods employees are demanding that Amazon cut ties with Palantir, a tech company that reportedly provides software to government agencies to help gather data on undocumented immigrants’ employment information, phone records, and immigration history. “We’re a group of current and former Whole Foods employees, known as Whole Worker, […]
Whole Foods workers demand that ‘dystopian’ Amazon severs ties to ICE
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‘Forever chemicals’ have been found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods and CVS, and it’s part of a larger contamination problem

Massachusetts officials recently issued a public-health warning about chemicals called PFAS, which have been found in some bottled water sold at the state’s Whole Foods and CVS locations. These so-called “forever chemicals” have been associated with cancer, liver damage, and developmental issues. The bottled water distributor identified in the Massachusetts […]
‘Forever chemicals’ have been found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods and CVS, and it’s part of a larger contamination problem
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Meet the 45-year-old executive helping Kroger take on Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi

Yael Cosset is helping Kroger execute a massive transformation amid growing competition from Walmart,Aldi,Lidl, and the Amazon-owned Whole Foods. Cosset called Kroger’s new Ocado warehouses a “total game changer.” “We’re going to be able to fulfil these orders in a way nobody else can,” he said. “There is no equivalent […]
Meet the 45-year-old executive helping Kroger take on Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi
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Amazon is lowering prices at Whole Foods by about 20%

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence E-Commerce Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. Amazon has announcedthat it’s lowering prices at Whole Foods on hundreds of customer favourites. The average price cut will be 20%, and […]
Amazon is lowering prices at Whole Foods by about 20%
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