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This European grocery store with a cult following should terrify Walmart, Kroger, and Trader Joe's

The chain's prices on fresh produce and packaged goods are roughly 30% lower than Walmart's, according to a recent price check.<p>Aldi only sells a fraction of the brands that traditional grocery stores offers, however, so we decided to check out a store in Richmond, Virginia, to see how it compares.

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Walmart Customer Satisfaction Scores on the Rise

Looks like those higher wages at Walmart (WMT) might be paying off.<p>The discount retailer has been grappling with making stores cleaner—Walmart U.S. …

Kroger is building the grocery store of the future

For example, few customers probably are aware that every time they walk into a Kroger, an infrared camera notes their arrival.<p>In 2012, Kroger rolled out QueVision, a technology platform that uses sensors and predictive analytics to feed managers real-time data — the first and currently only system …

Walmart, Target, and TJ Maxx are facing a worker crisis

The number of open retail positions has been growing, while the industry's labor pool has been shrinking, according to data from the job site Indeed.<p>Retail job openings posted on the website increased 26% to 530,477 in the 12 months ending in September.<p>But interest in those jobs — which Indeed …

ANALYSTS: Walmart is finally paying the price

Walmart is paying back.<p>On Wednesday, at its annual investor day, the company cut its outlook for profits over the next two years and forecast a drop of 6% to 12% in 2017.<p>After the news, shares fell by as much as 10%. This wiped out about $18 billion of the company's market value and was the worst …

Big retailers' staffing policies face review

New York's top legal official is examining whether 13 major retailers require employees to be available for short-notice work shifts and at times be told to stay home from a scheduled shift with little advance warning.<p>Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's staff sent letters Friday notifying Gap, …

Retailers Are Under Fire for Work Schedules

New York’s attorney general scrutinizes 13 big retailers, including Target and Gap, over their staffing practices<p>New York’s attorney general is scrutinizing 13 big retailers over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice.<p>The office of New …

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New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

The unpredictable schedules of retail and fast-food workers is a big issue in workers rights campaigns. Now, the New York attorney general is investigating the way some of the country's biggest retailers handle scheduling.<p>In New York, if a worker shows up for a shift that he doesn't end up being …

AM Roundup: Big Retailers Under Fire for Work Schedules

<i>Law Blog rounds up the morning’s legal news</i>:<p>Dentons thinks big: Through back-to-back mergers in China and the U.S., Dentons has transformed itself into the largest law firm in the world by head count, with more than 6,600 lawyers and professionals. [WSJ]<p>Schneiderman warns retailers: New York’s …

13 retailers questioned by N.Y. attorney general about worker scheduling

The scheduling practices of 13 retailers, including Gap Inc., Target Corp. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co., are being scrutinized by New York Atty. Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman.<p>In a letter sent to the retailers, the attorney general's office said it had received reports that a growing number of employers, …

The Way Major Retailers Schedule Their Work Shifts Might Be Illegal

A class-action lawsuit in California against Victoria’s Secret's use of on-call scheduling could cause major changes in labor practices for retailers across the country, according to Buzzfeed News. The report takes a hard look at what it's like for retail workers who are forced to be available for …

This Retailer Is the Latest to End On-call Scheduling

In a blog post late Wednesday, retailer Gap announced that it would end on-call scheduling for store employees across its five brands—Athleta, Banana …

Abercrombie Is the Latest Retailer To Stop Scheduling On-Call Shifts

Abercrombie is joining Victoria's Secret in pledging to stop scheduling employees in on-call shifts, Buzzfeed reports. It's a controversial way to staff stores that forces workers to arrange their schedules for shifts they might not end up working. Buzzfeed first reported on the practice in light …

Another retailer puts an end to on-call scheduling

Bath & Body Works has decided to put an end to on-call scheduling in its U.S. stores next month, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports.<p>This move comes five …

Walmart's Disappointing Sales And Earnings Forecasts Spell Doom For The Industry

Two hundred financial analysts huddled in a room at the NYSE on Wednesday to hear Wal-Mart Stores' senior management present their plans for the next three years. Before getting into the specifics of the plan, the stage was set when the company revealed that after recording $4.84 in earnings per …

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