Black employee leader says Amazon making changes for the better

Angelina Howard, president of the Black Employee Network (BEN) affinity group at Amazon.com and a senior product manager at the company, said the company has instituted substantive changes in recent months to benefit employees and the wider Black community. “It’s really been a lot of partnership with our leaders to figure out how can we better…

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Walmart to give 165K employees a raise

Walmart is instituting a new wage structure that will see hourly associates working in team leadership positions to see their minimum wage go from $18 to $21. Team leaders in its Supercenters can go up to $30 an hour. The pay raises will go into effect in October. “We’re investing in new roles and skills…

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Rent the Runway dumps its unlimited membership plan

Rent the Runway has informed customers that it is discontinuing its unlimited membership program. The option, which allowed subscribers to rent any four pieces of clothing or accessories at one time for $159 a month. Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman said other changes her company is making will mean that most subscribers will be…

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Ascena Retail receives $41M offer for plus-size women’s chain

FullBeauty Brands Operations has won an auction to acquire Catherine’s, a plus-size women’s clothing retailer, from Ascena Retail Group for $41 million. FullBeauty is a direct-to-consumer retailer with online and mail order operations including several plus-size businesses including Woman Within, Roaman’s, Jessica London, ellos, Swimsuits For All, KingSize and fullbeauty.com.

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Corporate America seeks to turn out the vote

Best Buy plans to open store openings by two hours on Election Day. Patagonia is working with Vote Forward to have employees try to turn out infrequent voters interested in environmental issues. These and many other businesses across American are actively working to drive civic engagement and participation in the electoral process.

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Trump administration rules will ban TikTok in U.S. App stores

The Trump administration issued new rules today that will effectively end downloads of the popular TikTok and WeChat apps in the U.S. The two companies, which are based in China, have come under criticism over their ownership of data on millions of Americans. “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in…

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Maskless Trump supporters harass Target store shoppers

A group of people wearing MAGA merchandise moved into a Target in Florida yelling at customers and staff in the store to remove their face masks. A YouTube video of the “flash mob” verbally harassing others was captured by an individual identified as Chris Nelson, a COVID-19 denier. More than 198,000 people have died in…

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