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Amazon institutes $15 minimum wage for all US employees, including temps

Enlarge Amazon announced today that it will raise its minimum wage for all US employees to $15 per hour. The change will take effect on November 1 and will apply to full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. Overall, more than 250,000 Amazon workers will get a pay raise from this, in addition to more than 100,000 seasonal employees that the company hires at various times throughout the year. “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. The company's public policy team will also be advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. The federal minimum wage hasn't risen since 2009. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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DNC cyberattack scare was just a phishing test

Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Democratic National Committee had been the target of a phishing scheme aimed at collecting officials' login information for a voter database. But it turns out the incident was just a security test. "We, along with...

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Target’s same-day delivery reaches 1,100+ stores, Drive Up to reach 1,000 by year-end

Amazon may be betting on the convenience of cashier-less stores, but Target is instead focused on order-ahead e-commerce. The company’s Drive Up service, which allows shoppers to place orders online, then pick up at a nearby store without getting out of their car, is now on track to reach nearly 1,000 U.S. stores before the end of the year. Meanwhile, its same-day delivery business is now live at 1,100 stores across 160 markets, and will reach 65% of U.S. households by year-end. This week, Target said it’s expanding its Drive Up service to two more key markets, Colorado and California, where it will begin to roll out over the next month to 128 stores. In total, Target Drive Up service is available today at over 800 stores in 25 states. Like Walmart’s grocery pickup service, Drive Up is popular among parents with small children, where everyday shopping can be difficult. Parents, especially those with babies, have been using Drive Up for restocking their household essentials like diapers, Target says. But other shoppers have been using Drive Up as a means of getting larger, bulky online purchases – like TVs – loaded straight into their vehicles. The service has grown to be one of the highest-rated services by Target shoppers, since its launch in the retailer’s home market of Minneapolis last fall, the retailer told us. Drive Up, however, is only one of now several e-commerce initiatives Target has underway.

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Target expands its Shipt and Drive Up services across the Midwest and Southeast

Target this morning announced it’s expanding its same-day shipping and pickup services, Drive Up and Shipt, across the Midwestern U.S. and the Southeast. The expansion will bring Shipt, its Instacart competitor for same-day grocery delivery and pickup, to more than 135 markets in the U.S. by the end of this month. Meanwhile, Target’s Drive Up curbside pickup service will reach more than 600 stores in 20 states this week, as a result of the expansion. The news follows on Target’s earlier commitment to expand these services to stores nationwide by the 2018 holidays. In total, the retailer says these current expansions will bring the shipping and pickup services to “tens of millions” of Target shoppers. The company also offered a brief update on its other delivery and pickup services, Target Restock, a next-day essentials delivery service, and delivery of store purchases, which is available to select stores in urban markets where hauling home larger purchases without a vehicle is difficult. Restock will reach more than 135 markets by the end of June, allowing Target online customers to stock up on household items like laundry detergent, trash bags, diapers, packaged foods, beauty and health needs, and more, then take delivery the next day. The service competes with Amazon’s Prime Pantry, which quietly introduced a $4.99 monthly subscription fee earlier in 2018 for Prime members who don’t want to pay the otherwise $7.99 flat shipping fee on their orders of $40 or more. Target Restock, however, became free for Target REDcard purchases and $2.99 for all other orders back in May, undercutting Amazon. Meanwhile, Shipt and Drive Up’s availability will often overlap as the two expand to Target stores across the U.S. Drive Up is the newer of the two, allowing customers to place orders in the Target app, then pickup in 2 hours or less. The service was piloted in Target’s home market of Minneapolis-St. Paul, then rolled out to nearly 270 stores across Florida, Texas and the southeast in April

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Target expands its Shipt and Drive Up services across the Midwest and Southeast

Target this morning announced it’s expanding its same-day shipping and pickup services, Drive Up and Shipt, across the Midwestern U.S. and the Southeast. The expansion will bring Shipt, its Instacart competitor for same-day grocery delivery and pickup, to more than 135 markets in the U.S. by the end of this month. Meanwhile, Target’s Drive Up curbside pickup service will reach more than 600 stores in 20 states this week, as a result of the expansion. The news follows on Target’s earlier commitment to expand these services to stores nationwide by the 2018 holidays. In total, the retailer says these current expansions will bring the shipping and pickup services to “tens of millions” of Target shoppers. The company also offered a brief update on its other delivery and pickup services, Target Restock, a next-day essentials delivery service, and delivery of store purchases, which is available to select stores in urban markets where hauling home larger purchases without a vehicle is difficult. Restock will reach more than 135 markets by the end of June, allowing Target online customers to stock up on household items like laundry detergent, trash bags, diapers, packaged foods, beauty and health needs, and more, then take delivery the next day. The service competes with Amazon’s Prime Pantry, which quietly introduced a $4.99 monthly subscription fee earlier in 2018 for Prime members who don’t want to pay the otherwise $7.99 flat shipping fee on their orders of $40 or more.

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