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    Americans are spending more money on impulse purchases, but rising inflation might mean they’re getting less bang for their buck.An annual poll of 2,000 U.S. adults compared current impulse spending trends over the last two years and found that 64% have increased their impulse shopping habits in 2022. 3Most Americans have increased their impulse buying this yearCredit: Getty 3The average person is also willing to spend more on a single item than they were last yearCredit: Getty Currently, the average person spends $314 per month on impulse purchases, up from $276 in 2021 and $183 in 2020. Furthermore, the most the average person is willing to spend on a single item is $310, also up from $277 in 2021 and $157 in 2020.Three in four (73%) respondents said most of their purchases tend to be spontaneous — a large jump from 59% who held the same sentiment last year.But these spur-of-the-moment shopping sprees are not always fun and games: 68% said inflation had had a “huge impact” on what they spend their money on.Seven in 10 have been more aware...
    AN Aldi superfan has revealed that customers are able to swap an item they don't like and get their money back. But, shoppers can’t take advantage of the scheme to return booze or national-branded items. 1Aldi customers in the US can swap an item they don't like and get their money back (stock image)Credit: Alamy Aldi lover Kati explained in a post on TrueMoneySaver that customers can return certain items they’re not fully satisfied. They will be able to exchange it for something else and get their money back. The scheme is known as the Twice as Nice Guarantee. Kati said: “That’s over and above customer service and one of the best Aldi shopping tips.” Aldi revealed that products must be returned to their local store. read more on aldiSHOP SECRETS We worked at Aldi and here are the best and worst bits of the jobNO LAUGHING MATTTER I’m a former Aldi cashier and this perk is the reason I was fired The scheme doesn’t apply to alcohol as state law may ban the replacement or refund of booze....
    TRADER Joe’s employees have warned customers to avoid the frozen food section and to buy their fruit and vegetables from elsewhere. Four unnamed workers revealed a list of products that shoppers shouldn't buy when visiting their local store. 1Trader Joe's workers have revealed items customers should never buy (stock image)Credit: Alamy One worker said the frozen produce is too expensive, according to Business Insider. While another claimed shoppers should go elsewhere when it comes to buying frozen fruit. The cuts of meat on offer are too expensive although they are of good quality, a worker said. And, a different employee told Insider that savvy shoppers could get better value for money if they looked around for their fruit and vegetables. read more on trader joe'sSAVE IT I'm a Trader Joe's employee - we don't have sales but there's one way to save moneyTRADE SECRET Trader Joe’s has secret theme that inspires EVERYTHING from décor to job roles Employees that work at Trader Joe’s are not fans of all the products on offer to customers. The chain often...
    New York (CNN Business)Walgreens and other retailers have swapped out the clear fridge and freezer doors at thousands of stores, instead adding opaque doors with iPad-like screens showing what's inside. Some customers really, really aren't into it.The screens, which were developed by the startup Cooler Screens, use a system of motion sensors and cameras to display what's inside the doors — as well as product information, prices, deals and, most appealing to brands, paid advertisements. The tech provides stores with an additional revenue stream and a way to modernize the shopping experience. But for customers who just want to peek into the freezer and grab their ice cream, Walgreens (WBA) risks angering them by solving a problem that shoppers didn't know existed.The company wants to engage more people with advertising, but the reaction, so far, is annoyance and confusion. Cooler Screens fridge doors shown at a Walgreens in Bridgeview, IL on February 7th 2022."Why would Walgreens do this?" one befuddled shopper who encountered the screens posted on TikTok. "Who on God's green earth thought this was a good idea?"Read More"The...
    (CNN Business)In the early days of the pandemic, as households around the country went into lockdown, shoppers for Instacart had a seemingly limitless amount of grocery orders to fulfill. Their earnings were, at times, bolstered significantly by generous tips in recognition of the personal health risk workers were taking.But in recent weeks, some shoppers in markets across the country said they have gone hours or even days at a time without seeing many — or any — "batches," which can consist of one or a few orders from different customers, according to social media posts and conversations with five shoppers, each of whom joined the platform during the pandemic. The workers, who spoke with CNN Business on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, are now grappling with the sudden drop in orders surfaced to them and struggling to understand the reasons behind it without more information from the company. "You're basically just wasting your time," said one worker, who shops in Atlanta. He said he recently sat for two hours outside the two major grocery stores he typically shops...
    Amid rising inflation costs in Virginia, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveiled his plan Thursday to get rid of the state’s grocery tax to shoppers. The governor told customers at a Safeway in Alexandria that eliminating the 2.5% tax will lower the cost of living for many Virginians. “Across the nation right now, an average family of four’s grocery bill has gone up a tremendous amount,” Youngkin said. “We have watched tax upon tax upon tax be added to everything we do.” But, some shoppers weren’t buying Youngkin’s plan. “It sounds pie in the sky, great to get rid of taxes,” said Laurie Williams, an Alexandria resident shopping at the Safeway for her family of four. “But what does that really mean for everything else?” Williams said she has seen her grocery bill slightly increase over the last few months, but she mostly blames the pandemic and supply chain issues. “It may be a little over $115 each week and now, it’s creeping up,” Williams said. “So, yeah, I feel it, but I want to understand the other implications before I...
    Benjamin Whitely headed to a Safeway supermarket in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to grab some items for dinner. But he was disappointed to find the vegetable bins barren and a sparse selection of turkey, chicken and milk. “Seems like I missed out on everything,” Whitely, 67, said. “I’m going to have to hunt around for stuff now.” Shortages at U.S. grocery stores have grown more acute in recent weeks as new problems — like the fast-spreading omicron variant and severe weather — have piled on to the supply chain struggles and labor shortages that have plagued retailers since the coronavirus pandemic began. The shortages are widespread, impacting produce and meat as well as packaged goods such as cereal. And they’re being reported nationwide. U.S. groceries typically have 5% to 10% of their items out of stock at any given time; right now, that unavailability rate is hovering around 15%, according to Consumer Brands Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. Part of the scarcity consumers are seeing on store shelves is due to pandemic trends that never abated –...
    CORTE MADERA, Calif. (KGO) -- As the holiday shopping season enters the final stretch, shoppers are hitting the stores all around the Bay Area.One of the popular spots is The Village at Corte Madera.While some bought many items, others not so much."I don't really have a plan of what I'm going to get. I'm just here trying to find stuff," said Quincy Smith.RELATED: Holiday shipping deadlines 2021: Last week to mail packages in time for ChristmasAfter a hard holiday season last year, many retailers say they're happy to see shoppers back at it again."It's been bananas. Today it's just been ongoing traffic back-and-forth. We really haven't had any down time," said Brittney Woodards, the manager of UpWest.Despite not having the restrictions of 2020, many shoppers told us the new omicron variant was still on their mind."I have older grandparents and people that I want to look out for," Smith said.RELATED: Bay Area experts share how they are avoiding getting COVID while traveling this holiday EMBED More News Videos Doctors are sharing the personal choices they are making during the holidays...
    New York (CNN Business)Higher prices for gas and groceries are taking a toll on Jen Kendra's finances, and she's had to make some difficult tradeoffs this holiday season. Her kids will be getting smaller gifts. The rest of the family won't get any at all.Kendra, who lives with her husband and two young children in the Chicago suburbs and works part-time as a bank teller, is paying double to fill up every week at the pump."I have seen such an uptick in prices with food and gas," she said. When she drives by the gas station near her home, she often finds herself screaming at the big signs that list the latest prices.Kendra describes her family as lower-middle-class. She has started to use coupons more often to buy groceries, and she shops more frequently at discount stores like Aldi to land the lowest prices. Sometimes that means driving longer distances to find cheaper food. "Anywhere I can find a deal or a bargain, I'm trying to."The Kendra family is struggling to afford holiday gifts. Higher prices for gas and groceries...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Steve Bernas, president, and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, joined ABC7 to discuss holiday shopping.Bernas gave tips for people as they shop during the holiday season. He spoke about how to avoid shopping scams on Black Friday.SEE ALSO | Black Friday 2021: Chicago area shoppers line up for deals outside Aurora outlet mall"Instead of setting an alarm to brave crowds for deeply discounted items, dedicated shoppers are expected to look for deals online in advance of Black Friday, similar to last year," said Bernas. "However, the concern is that shoppers do so with caution."He also discussed how ongoing supply chain challenges could impact holiday shopping in 2021 and offered warnings for shoppers about price hikes caused by inflation."The impact of the continued pandemic, hiring challenges for retailers, expected global supply chain interruptions, and other economic factors will determine how people will shop," said Bernas. "Retail experts are predicting higher-than-normal crowds in the stores and increased percentages in spending on gifts, decorations, and overall holiday-related purchases."RELATED | Stores kick off Black Friday...
    WATERTOWN (CBS) — The Best Buy in Watertown had a tame opening to Black Friday this year. There was a small line outside around when the store opened around 5 a.m., but it hasn’t been seen since. Shoppers tell WBZ-TV it’s a win-win: they get the deals without dealing with the crowds. READ MORE: First Snow Of Season Possible For Boston Area Friday Evening“It’s way more fun to hold things as soon as you buy them so why not come out,” shopper Char Nilsen said. They’re predicting shoppers are focused on Cyber Monday. READ MORE: Supply Chain Crisis May Force Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers To Choose Stores Over Online For Gifts“I think because of COVID and Cyber Monday, people would prefer to do that but it’s nice that it’s not crazy,” said shopper Tori Nilsen. It’s unclear if Black Friday will ever return to what it was before the pandemic. MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesMany stores and malls kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day, eliminating late-night lines.
    SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – As the holiday season slowly returns to normal, one tradition looking to make a return is Black Friday shopping. Many malls and big-name retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep shoppers away from stores that remained open such as Game Stop in Salem, New Hampshire. Many shoppers waited in line to snag a PS5. READ MORE: Secrets To Saving When Shopping From Boston's 'Coupon Queen'“I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now. I’ve been here since 2 o’clock, so I finally got it,” Eric Mendoza said. “I’m trying to surprise my dad with one for Christmas, but unfortunately I was a little late this time,” Julian Mancini said. According to the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans are likely to shop in stores on Black Friday, up from 51% last year. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesMany stores are preparing for long lines Black Friday morning, but some people say despite in-person shopping being available once...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – On the day before Thanksgiving, people everywhere scrambled to pick up last minute items only to find, in some cases, that the lines were long and the options limited. Whether they came for pumpkin, pecan or apple, dessert loves in search of Thanksgiving pies snaked through Polly’s in Huntington Beach to pick up their favorites. READ MORE: Exclusive: Family Of James Vargas, Killed In Front Of His Wife And Kids, Speak Out After 2 Arrests Made In The Case“Oh, gosh, thousands. Off the top of my head, I want to say probably around 4,000 or 5,000 give or take. We’ll do at least…I mean, last year did about 1,400 in pumpkin alone,” Nicole Barrile, the general manager at Polly’s pies, said about the number of pies going out the door to customers. Nov. 24, 2021 Some families even went to so far as to buy an entire turkey dinner. “Slaving over a stove like mom used to do isn’t the way to go anymore. Sorry,” said Huntington Beach resident George Ferncez. A few miles...
    MAJOR retailers Walmart and Best Buy have unveiled their sales events for Black Friday. This comes as many have kicked off sales events ahead of Black Friday. Currently, Amazon is running an epic deals promotion. 1Best Buy's deals will start Tuesday, while Walmart's sales will kick off on November 3Credit: Getty Walmart For Black Friday, Walmart will divide its sales into three events. The first set of sales will commence online on November 3 at 7pm Eastern Time and in stores on November 5 at 5am. During the first event, Walmart said a 55-inch TCL 4K Roku TV will be available for just $228. Currently, Amazon is selling a 2021 version of the TV for $399.99, a $200 discount from its original price. Walmart did not classify which year version of the TV will be on sale. Most read in MoneyGOLDEN STATES How you can get up to $3,000 if you live in one of these 10 statesTO THE MOON Here's where to buy SafeMoon cryptocurrencyCRYPTO PREDICTION Shiba Inu price prediction 2021: Can the cryptocurrency hit $1?CHECK PLEASE Child tax credit - $300 IRS advance payments arrive,...
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Some changes are already being seen at local businesses amid the new recommendation from the CDC that even those fully-vaccinated should mask indoors at places with high rate of Covid-19 transmission. In Grapevine, for example, Main Street Jewelry has decided to put their “Mask Required” sign back up. It wasn’t long ago that they had taken it down. “We will be back wearing masks again. Hopefully not for too much longer, but at least until the increase in cases drops in Texas,” said sales associate Bob Payton. Small businesses have learned to take the pandemic one day at a time. They’ve seen constant changes in cases, recommendations and policies and with the new advice, they’ve been put in a tough spot once again. “It’s definitely a challenge for sure. You want people to feel comfortable but you still have to keep your doors open,” said Cydney Sullivan, owner of Roses on the Vine. Sullivan says she’s leaving the choice to mask up to her customers, and that it would nearly take a statewide mandate to make...
    New York (CNN)The next time you do a Target run for milk, cereal, toilet paper and shampoo, you can add a new item to the list: pricey makeup brands that weren't available there before. That's because the chain is opening Ulta Beauty mini shops in August in more than 100 Target locations nationwide and online, which will bring more than 50 prestige skincare and cosmetic brands like Clinique, MAC Cosmetics and Smashbox into its stores for the first time.Target (TGT) announced last November that it was partnering with Ulta on the shops. It said Wednesday it plans to roll out the 1,000 square-feet Ulta Beauty shop-within-a-shop to 800 locations in the coming years.It's a good time for Target to expand its beauty offerings given that makeup is seeing a comeback as more people get vaccinated and the pace of social interactions picks up. Target is set to open the first of its Ulta Beauty mini shops inside of its stores in August.Target has been growing its beauty business over the last few years by adding newer, affordable brands to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Labor Department’s consumer price index has jumped 5.4% from a year earlier. With soaring prices, some shoppers are hitting the panic button, but many experts say this is a temporary economic reaction to coming out of COVID. READ MORE: Yale University Study: NYC Has Saved Thousands Of Lives, Prevented Quarter Million Cases With COVID Vaccine Rollout Hofstra University senior Samantha Visco is among those panicked at the pump. “My gas is, like, crazy. I have a Jeep Wrangler, and it’s like $54 just to fill it,” she said. Inflation continues to surge. In June, consumer prices accelerated at the fastest pace since 2008, led by gasoline along with the prices of used cars and trucks, which are up more than 45% from a year ago as the economy emerges from the pandemic. “With that increased demand comes increased prices, and we, in essence, have lower supply because of the production cutbacks instituted by OPEC Plus,” said AAA Northeast spokesman Robert Sinclair. “Oh, I’ve definitely noticed prices going up. I just blame it on COVID and...
    Instacart is reportedly seeking to cut its human labor workforce of shoppers delivering goods to online customers by using automation and robots to reduce labor costs. The company would not cut all human workers from its roster but aims to use robots for tasks such as gathering goods from automated fulfillment centers the company would build across the nation, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing internal planning from Instacart. INSTACART TO CUT 1,900 JOBS IN SHIFT 'TOWARDS NEW MODELS' Documents from the company date back to July and December 2020, and Instacart had delayed some of its automation planning, sources familiar with the matter said. The fulfillment centers would be built into some partnering grocery stores in addition to some stand-alone facilities, according to internal documents. "Shoppers are and will continue to be central to Instacart and our service, and any suggestion otherwise is wholly inaccurate," Instacart said Tuesday in response to reports, according to the Daily Mail. While no motion has been set to develop an automated process for Instacart, the company issued five proposals in 2020 to companies that would...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several major retailers have relaxed their mask mandates in the wake of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidance. On Thursday, the CDC said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most settings, except where required by state and local laws. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. READ MORE: Miss USA Asya Branch Could Make History In Sundays Miss Universe Competition At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Since then Publix, Winn-Dixie, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Sam’s Club, among others, have announced that fully vaccinated customers do not have to wear masks as long as there are no local mask requirements. “If it is not required, I don’t mind,” said Yahima Fuentes. Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarket, said in a statement that they will “fully vaccinated customers and associates to shop and work in our stores without masks (subject to local government restrictions). However, in keeping with...
    5 THE Sun's Show Some Bottle campaign got a huge boost today as Boris Johnson revealed plans for a deposit return scheme in today's Queen's Speech. We have been pushing ministers to plough ahead with their plans to introduce a recycling scheme where Brits could get a 20p cash deposit in return for bringing them back. 5The Sun's Show Some Bottle campaign got a boost today as ministers vowed to bring forward plans for a new scheme Today Her Majesty outlined the Queen's Speech, which sets out the PM's new laws for the year ahead. In it will be a landmark Environment Bill later this year, Boris Johnson has proposed new laws to protect the planet. In the small print, it also promised to push forward with plans for "introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers". Ministers are currently consulting on the plans, and have asked industry to weigh in with their thoughts. Our Show Some Bottle campaign has demanded ministers introduce a scheme now for plastics, which will incentivise recycling and clean up our parks and oceans....
    You might want to think twice before purchasing a ultraviolet (UV) light steriliser that claims to kill the bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus, according to a new investigation. Consumer group Which? says some UV light products sold on online marketplaces may be ineffective or could pose safety risks to users. These include 'potentially dangerous' handheld UV 'wands', freestanding lamps, smartphone containers, tumble dryers and even mattresses.    It has long been known that UV light has a sterilising effect because the radiation damages the genetic material of viruses and their ability to replicate.    But UV light is a human health hazard because it can damage cells in our skin, potentially causing skin cancer, or eye problems like cataracts. Which? stresses the public to avoid buying devices marketed as providing UV sterilisation, and instead use the traditional soap and water and hand santiser to keep skin clean and virus-free.  Consumers should also opt for bleach and detergents when cleaning high-touch surfaces around the home, especially as the lockdown starts to end and guests become allowed into people's homes.  Which? is urging shoppers to think...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they’ve had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from his cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday. “I literally took 10 steps away and turned around, two ravens came down and instantly grabbed one out of the package, ripped it off and flew off with it,” Lewallen said. Lewallen said the piece of meat was about 4-by-7 inches (10-by-18 centimeters) large — a sizable meal for a sizable bird. “They know what they’re doing; it’s not their first time,” Lewallen said. “They’re very fat so I think they’ve got a whole system there.” And once he got back home, he noticed that one of the ravens had taken a poke at another rib but did not rob it. “I cut that meat out and started marinating it and my wife said, ‘That’s gross, we should take it back,’ ”...
    Adidas When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Adidas is starting the year strong with an End of Season sale, during which shoppers can get up to 50% off apparel for everyone in the family. The discounts end this week on January 13.  Read more: The best white sneakers you can buy and These Adidas sneakers were designed specifically to meet the demands of city runners — we put them to the test on the streets of NYC Adidas is welcoming the new year with a sale. Right now, shoppers can save up to 50% on select sneakers, plus masculine, feminine, and kids apparel during their End of Season sale. Sales from Adidas aren't uncommon; we see them pretty regularly throughout the year. However, this is an excellent time to shop for those shopping for new workout gear. If you need some inspiration before browsing, we've tested and reviewed multiple styles from the brand, including the Ultraboost 19, Pulseboost HD, Nite Jogger HD, and, of course, the iconic...
    Madewell/Facebook When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Madewell is ringing in the new year with its End of Season sale and offering 40% off a wide selection of tops, bottoms, shoes, and more with promo code GIGANTIC. The sale ends January 13, giving shoppers a full week to reap the savings — however, stock and sizing tend to be limited. Read more: The best places to buy women's jeans and 10 companies that reward you for recycling old products you don't want or use anymore Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. Madewell is back with another great sale; this time it's 40% off a huge variety of tops, bottoms, shoes, and more with promo code GIGANTIC. The End of Season sale is slated to end January 13, and we suggest acting fast — stock is limited and the best stuff runs out fast. Typically, deals from Madewell are exclusive to Madewell Insiders, members of the retailer's free loyalty program;...
    CHRISTMAS has come early for beauty fanatics with eagle-eyed shoppers raving about a selection of make-up products on offer for just £1 at Poundland. Women are snapping up products from popular brands such as Models Own, Rimmel, Eyelure and W7 - which normally cost way more - but some warn they're out of date and no avoid buying them. 6The Poundland shopper was pretty chuffed after picking up loads of products for just £1Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK One woman showed of her massive beauty haul on Facebook, thrilled about her incredible finds. She wrote: "Today in Poundland I got these! They come in packs of 2 or singular items but amazing makeup brands like Models Own, Rimmel, Sleek, Eyelur and W7 for all £1 each bag! She added: "I had a Ted Baker advent calendar for Christmas this year and will be sad when it ends so going to refill it with random makeup bits during the year so that when Christmas comes back around I’ll forget and it’ll be a surprise every day still....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's a Black Friday like nothing we've seen before. Many people are turning to the internet for deals, instead of shopping in-person. But, some are still lining up for store deals in the East Bay.BLACK FRIDAY 2020: From Walmart to Best Buy, here are the deals for holiday shopping"The biggest difference is that major retailers are not opening on Thanksgiving this year," Kristin McGrath is the editor of BlackFriday.com told ABC7 News.McGrath says there will be as many deals online as in stores, so there is less of a reason to go out.ABC7 News' Liz Kreutz went to find out if people were taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and visited the Best Buy in Dublin where it was "quiet" and not even at capacity.VIDEO: Here's how retailers are changing their approach to Black Friday this yearEMBED More News Videos The pandemic is changing how retailers and shoppers are approaching the biggest shopping day of the year. From moving the deals online to spacing out the in-store crowds, here's how Black Friday will be different in 2020....
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Several leading grocery chains are reimposing limits on key items such as toilet paper, paper towels and disinfecting wipes, hoping to keep their shelves stocked and prevent shoppers from hoarding as they did when the pandemic began in the spring. At Kroger, customers can purchase a maximum of two items when it comes to products like bath tissue, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand soap. A spokesperson said in an email that the limits began earlier this week and apply in stores and online. Christopher Brand, a spokesperson for Giant, a grocery chain in the Northeast, said that the company was “seeing little evidence of stockpiling, and there is no need to create panic.” But since the supply chain “remains challenged,” Giant began last week putting a limit one on purchases of larger toilet paper and paper towel sizes and four on smaller toilet paper and paper towel sizes. H-E-B in Texas has implemented similar policies in recent weeks. Some H-E-B stores have instituted limits of two on purchases of disinfecting and antibacterial sprays, while other stores have limited toilet paper...
    JUST like running a bath or pouring yourself a glass of wine, setting up a wax melt is a small ritual that can help us unwind after a long day. Along with reed diffusers, plugin air fresheners and candles, wax melts are a fantastic way to fill your home with a gorgeous scent - and one Home Bargains fan has sniffed out some great value options to rival Yankee Candle. 3Home Bargains shoppers highly recommend the banana cake scentCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group /Facebook The Home Bargains shopper posted on Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group on Facebook. "So obsessed with these wax melts I picked up in home bargains today, only 29p each and smell amazing - I love yankee wax tarts but imo these are nicer, they had loads of scents" she wrote, adding a heart-eye emojis. "I've tried a few previously, I found they were quite strong and I got a few uses out of them but not saying that's the same for everyone," she added. The Facebook post soon racked up well over a...
    A new crowdsourced report finds that the algorithm for shopping delivery platform Shipt has led to reduced pay for 40 percent of its workers. First reported by Gizmodo, the report from Coworker.org, a pro-labor nonprofit organization that helps workers organize, gathered screenshots from more than 200 Shipt workers — who the company calls shoppers — in 140 different US metro areas. The screenshots showed more than 40 percent of the workers saw a reduction in pay following the rollout of Shipt’s “V2” pay model. The so-called “effort-based” pay model replaced Shipt’s previous flat-fee model. The Coworker.org team worked with PhD student Dan Calacci at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to analyze the information it had collected and found that the workers who reported lower wages were making 11 percent less than they did under the previous pay structure. Shipt began testing the new pay model last year and announced in July it would be introducing it into more markets. The company said at the time that the V2 model “better accounts for the effort it takes to...
    (CBS SF / CNN) — With just weeks left until Election Day, Instacart attempted to leverage the labor of some of its workers to promote its messaging about Proposition 22, a controversial California ballot initiative that could shape how gig economy businesses operate in the state and whether workers are treated as contractors or employees. According to screenshots posted this weekend by Vanessa Bain, an Instacart shopper and co-founder of a nonprofit called Gig Workers Collective, Instacart prompted a shopper to “retrieve one Prop 22 sticker and insert and place it in your customer’s order” before delivering. The shopper could select “found” if the materials were in stock at the store, or “not found,” if out of stock. Unbelievable. @Instacart is now requiring Shoppers to do the uncompensated work of distributing Prop 22 propaganda to customers —against our own self-interests. Even *if* (big if) this is legal, it is reprehensible and establishes a dangerous precedent for workers. #NOonProp22 pic.twitter.com/NXVblutvsh — Vanessa Bain ✊❤️???? #BlackLivesMatter #NOonProp22 (@hashtagmolotov) October 10, 2020 Instacart confirmed to CNN Business that inserts and stickers were available over...
    (CNN Business)With just weeks left until Election Day, Instacart attempted to leverage the labor of some of its workers to promote its messaging about a controversial California ballot initiative, the outcome of which will shape how gig economy businesses operate in the state and whether workers are treated as contractors or employees.According to screenshots posted this weekend by Vanessa Bain, an Instacart shopper and co-founder of a nonprofit called Gig Workers Collective, Instacart prompted a shopper to "retrieve one Prop 22 sticker and insert and place it in your customer's order" before delivering. The shopper could select "found" if the materials were in stock at the store, or "not found," if out of stock. Instacart confirmed to CNN Business that inserts and stickers were available over the weekend in the staging area at one store in the Bay Area for shoppers to add to orders. It said it does not currently plan to expand the effort but would not explain why it was only offered in one store for one weekend. The $185 million campaign to keep Uber and...
    TEHRE are two types of people in this world: festive fans who have Christmas all wrapped up months in advance and the rest of us who leave it to the last minute. Well if you fall into the former category, then you'll be pleased to know that ASDA has released a new fake 5ft tree in time for Christmas. 3The rainbow tree was compared to a 'giant feather duster' on FacebookCredit: Asda That said, the rainbow colours have sparked fierce debate among shoppers. An image of the multicoloured tree was posted on the Facebook page Money Saving Online ahead of its release next month. The post quickly racked up over 1,500 comments from bargain hunters - and where some are loving the NHS tribute, others think it looks like a massive feather duster. "Oh no, this is not a good look," one wrote. "Screams tacky and overpowering.. needs toning down. Very brash and cheap." 3Unimpressed shoppers blasted the 'tacky' tree - while others were fans of the NHS tributeCredit: Facebook Another added: "Oh my, this photo screams TACKY, it’s...
    South Coast Plaza, Orange County’s renowned upscale shopping center, reopened for in-person shopping Monday as California relaxed some business restrictions put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Although not all boutiques are open and store hours vary, officials said more than 100 shops had reopened this week, with outdoor dining, takeout and curbside pickup available at more than 20 restaurants. The Costa Mesa mall’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Seniors, those with underlying health conditions and other at-risk groups have reserved blocks of time for shopping — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Saturday. In announcing the reopening, center officials said their “ongoing commitment to your health and safety is unwavering” and that they had adopted “higher-than-ever standards for cleanliness, based on advice from public health officials and top industrial hygienists.” “Our numerous efforts include installing a state-of-the-art air treatment system, implementing social distancing practices, improving our protocol for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces frequently throughout the center and more,” according to South Coast Plaza’s...
    Magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattles Southern California - and its rich and famous McDonalds partners with Mayo Clinic for aid in coronavirus safety Some Instacart shoppers are having their jobs cut during the pandemic With grocery delivery and curbside pickup booming, some grocers are rethinking how they work with Instacart, the grocery delivery startup that has served as a lifeline for many as the public health crisis kept people at home. © Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images Instacart employee Monica Ortega uses her cellphone to scan barcodes showing proof of purchase for the customer while picking up groceries from a supermarket for delivery on March 19, 2020 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) By late April, Instacart said it had hired 300,000 independent contractor "full-service shoppers" to meet the surge in customer demand, and the company said it plans to add another 200,000 over the next couple of months. However, some of its in-store shoppers, who are part-time employees of Instacart, are losing their jobs, CNN Business has learned. Load Error The job cuts are...
    A store closing sign is taped on the door of a company going out of business.Kirby Hamilton | Getty Images Going-out-of-business sales are getting ready to be, well, basically everywhere this summer.  Retailers deemed nonessential that have been forced shut for weeks on end because of the coronavirus pandemic — upending some liquidation sales that had already started — are beginning to reopen their doors, as cities such as New York open back up. That means those sales are starting again, or just getting ready to kick off. And that will be added on top of the sales that many other retailers will have to put in place just to try to get rid of old inventory that has been sitting on shelves, untouched.  "I have never seen so many [liquidations] happening at the same time, ever," said Scott Carpenter, president of the Retail Solutions division within B. Riley Financial's Great American Group. "It's one after another, after another, after another. And there's more to come."  Bankrupt department store chain J.C. Penney announced Monday it has commenced closing sales at 136 stores,...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese shoppers are finally starting to snap up high-end handbags, shoes and jewelry again, giving the luxury goods industry hope that a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is on the way. But leading brands still face a tough road ahead, and will likely have to rethink the way they do business to withstand a damaging, worldwide hit to sales this year, as well as a shift in shopping habits in many recession-scarred economies. Several luxury goods companies reported an uptick in China this spring as people emerged from weeks of lockdowns, spurring what some analysts have called a trend of "revenge spending" — the release of pent-up demand once people aren't forced to stay home.Tiffany (TIF) this week pointed to China as a bright spot for its jewelry business, saying that retail sales surged around 30% in April and 90% in May compared to the same months last year.This was despite a drop of about 40% in Tiffany's global net sales in May. "Our business performance in mainland China, which was the first market impacted by the...
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