Buying Whole Foods could be Amazon’s Waterloo

June 19, 2017

… on already dominant players like Walmart, but it is likely to hit small players particularly hard, driving many smaller grocery firms out of business. This will inevitably also have an effect on the already dead or dying American main street. The deal will also effect employees at Whole Foods. Currently, the company offers employees ample opportunities to “be themselves” at work. Amazon, in contrast, is famed for its high-pressure corporate culture, which requires unrelenting …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. employees disassemble a motor in the quality control department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing …

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Four women face charges in Arkansas hot car death

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Four Arkansas women are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said. The van’s driver 42-year-old Felicia Ann Phillips and three other employees, Pamela Lavette Robinson, 43, Kendra Washington, 40, and 43-year-old Wanda Taylor were fired on Wednesday and have been charged with manslaughter. Ascent Children’s Health Services CEO Dan Sullivan said the staff did not follow company …

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Snapchat snaps startup to help it with location tracking

June 7, 2017

… Cosmopolitan editor, now Snap board member Joanna Coles. Thats really important to us. Of course, the location tracking is all opt-in. Snap also will put in place data-sharing, privacy, and security guidelines so that advertising data is not shared between Snap’s own services like “Snap to Store” and the company Placed. Placed has more than 100 employees, according to GeekWire. The company will operate independently from Snap, maintaining its offices in Seattle, New York, and …

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Anita Borg Institute ends Uber partnership over Uber’s treatment of women

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.Image: Will Oliver/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Uber’s actions are having real consequences. The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology ended a partnership with Uber over allegations of the ride-hailing giant’s treatment of women employees. “This is a rare step for us, but we felt compelled to take action in light of the many serious accusations Uber faces regarding the treatment of women employees,” the institute wrote in a press release …

May 27, 2017
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Glitch hits Pension Regulator website – BBC News

One business owner told the BBC he had been trying to register since Monday, but that the server had been down since then. His deadline is less than a week away. Small and micro businesses – those with between one and 49 employees – are having to sign up for auto enrolment pensions. Under the law, anyone who pays an employee over the age of 22 more than 10,000 a year has to provide a pension. In a statement the the Pensions Regulator said: “We are aware of a technical …

May 26, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

May 23, 2017
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Elon Musk’s Twitter feed is the one you need to pay attention to

… into his mind. Can you imagine Tim Cook crowdsourcing the name of an Apple venture, like Musk did for his Boring Company’s tunneling machine? In fact, that company probably wouldn’t even exist without Twitter can you imagine anyone else launching a major endeavor as a follow-up to a stream-of-consciousness tweetstorm about being stuck in traffic? When Musk tweets, the tech and business worlds stop to check the timeline. Some of Tesla’s factory employees have publicly raised …

May 20, 2017
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Trump Finds It Harder To Recruit Talent As His Scandals Pile Up

… employees, which in turn affects their ability to do their own jobs. At another level, though, the failure to install management-level political appointees means the career service employees who do the majority of the work are likely to continue carrying out policies laid out by the previous administration. What we are seeing right now in the Pentagon for example my old world is careerists either trying to interpret what they think a team would want or in some cases going it on their own and …

May 17, 2017
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