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Walmart unveils subscription program to challenge Amazon

Walmart said Tuesday it will soon launch a long-discussed membership program to provide free delivery and compete directly with Amazon’s popular “Prime” service.

The world’s biggest retailer will offer Walmart+ starting September 15, charging $98 annually or $12.95 a month to provide free delivery as soon as the same day along with discounts on fuel and other features.

“Life feels more complicated than ever. Walmart+ is designed to make it easier — giving customers an option not to have to sacrifice on cost or convenience,” said Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer at Walmart. 

Walmart+ replaces the retail giant’s “Delivery Unlimited” subscription service that offered home delivery of more than 160,000 items. 

The new Walmart venture will also provide discounts of up to five cents a gallon at Walmart gasoline stations and a “scan and go” feature that lets consumers pay for items by scanning them with a smartphone application. 

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Amazon Reviewers Say These $27-and-Under Serums Seriously Improved Their Skin

When it comes to the bandwidth of our Amazon shopping carts, the limit (as Cady Heron would say) simply does not exist. From affordable skin-saving elixirs to highly sought-after hair tools to nail-enhancing supplements to lash-extending mascaras, Amazon is our oyster when it comes to beauty shopping. But of course, this can be both a blessing and a curse.

On one hand, we love to have options, and with more options comes the increased probability we’ll find the perfect product to add to our regimen. But when you’re faced with literally thousands of beckoning beauty choices, the process of finding said perfect product can feel daunting and practically impossible. To complicate matters further, shopping for beauty products online—versus in person—is significantly more difficult. I avoid online returns at all costs, and because of that, I heavily rely on ratings and reviews while shopping online retailers like Amazon, especially when it

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Where To Buy School Supplies Other Than Amazon Or Walmart

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This school year, it might be especially worth it to have some online alternatives to Amazon and Walmart while checking off the items on your kid’s school supply list. (Photo: jchizhe via Getty Images)
This school year, it might be especially worth it to have some online alternatives to Amazon and Walmart while checking off the items on your kid’s school supply list. (Photo: jchizhe via Getty Images)

Your annual back-to-school shopping trip might be canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean you and the kids can’t get create some sense of normalcy during these strange times.

As students, their parents and teachers prepare for what will almost certainly be an unusual school year, there’s still a lot to consider and plan for amid all the uncertainty.

Most of us won’t soon forget the empty shelves and long lines at grocery stores at the beginning of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak in mid-March and how even reliable retailers such as Amazon and Walmart couldn’t keep up

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CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google face congressional antitrust grilling

The chiefs of four of the biggest tech companies in the world — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — will face lawmakers Wednesday for a hearing on digital competition that could have cataclysmic impacts on an industry largely unhindered by regulators.

The grilling of tech titans Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai (the companies’ respective CEOs), will be done by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee as part of its ongoing, year-long investigation into competition in the digital market.

PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files. (Reuters, File)

Here is the latest on how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

1:10 p.m.: Cicillin kicks off hearing with opening remarks

Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., kicked off the hearing with opening remarks, saying the “purpose of today’s hearing is to

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Tech giants Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon to face Congress

Unprecedented is a dangerous word in journalism, but this really hasn’t happened before.

On Wednesday, four of the biggest names in tech will give evidence to members of the US Congress.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google), Tim Cook (Apple) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) will all be grilled.

Jeff Bezos – the world’s richest man – has never testified before either house. They have never all been quizzed together.

How these tech bosses do, how they stand up to scrutiny, could be a defining moment in their future relationship with government.

Central to the interrogation will be whether these tech giants are simply too big.

The Covid pandemic has put this into sharp focus. Where other companies have struggled, Big Tech companies have thrived. Together they are now worth $5tn dollars. It’s led to accusations that – just like the banks – they are simply too big to fail.

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This Graphing Calculator is Half the Price of the TI-84, and Amazon Reviewers Are Obsessed

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Before your kids go back to school (or enter college!), make a school supply list and check it twice. Even if they’re doing homeschooling or virtual learning this fall, it’s still important that each student is properly equipped to have a successful school year. Whether you’re starting from scratch or sorting through supplies of year’s past, use these checklists, which are broken down by grade from — elementary to college — as a guide. If you really want a stress-free summer, print out the list that fits your needs and bring it with you to the store, so you can get in and get out fast. Or, do your school shopping online — pens, backpacks, mini fridges, and more — so you can enjoy your final days of the season.

Just getting started? Find more back-to-school tips, tricks, and ideas here.

Kindergarten

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Amazon Sets Release Date for Stacey Abrams Voting Rights Documentary

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Amazon Studios has set a September theatrical release for the Stacey Abrams voting rights documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy.”

The film will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 18. It’s directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. Abrams is a producer along with Garbus, Cortés and Dan Cogan.

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Abrams ran as the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2018 gubernatorial election in Georgia and was the first Black woman to be a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States. She narrowly lost to Republican Brian Kemp, who was accused by Abrams of voter suppression activities after he refused to resign as secretary of state while campaigning for governor.

“Today, we are 100 days out from Election Day — a pivotal moment in our mission to protect our democracy — and we need to

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Inside Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google versus the Feds

Sometime very soon, four of the most powerful men on the planet will face off against a small congressional subcommittee. 

The stakes couldn’t be higher. 

Yes tech execs are called into D.C. regularly these days, but this time is different. These are the CEOs of the four mega-tech companies, starting with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, who’s never appeared before Congress. He’ll be joined by two other iconic personages: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (world’s fourth richest, worth $88 billion), and Apple’s Tim Cook. The fourth member of the quartet, Alphabet’s (Google’s) Sundar Pichai has a lower profile but carries no less weight.

Even more than all of that though, this hearing could mark a new beginning in the tug and pull between big business and society in America—for better or for worse. 

“This is the end of a one-year investigation where we’ve looked at these big tech platforms

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The Canadian tech champion taking on Amazon

When the pandemic forced Pizza Pilgrims to close its 13 stores in London and Oxford in March, the business went from making 30,000 pizzas every week to zero. Of the 276 staff, 270 had to be furloughed.

While they opened one store in April to manage delivery, founder Thom Elliot still needed to find another way to make up for the lost revenue. “I tried to think of something that would serve our customers, who kept calling us, and also keep us relevant during these times,” he says in an interview.

Mr Elliot and his team decided to create pizza kits featuring all the raw ingredients you need to make your own pizza at home, but to do that he needed to upgrade his website. That’s where Shopify came in.

The Canadian company offers the technology for anyone to create an online store and sell their products, with added features

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Shopify; The Canadian tech champion taking on Amazon

When the pandemic forced Pizza Pilgrims to close its 13 stores in London and Oxford in March, the business went from making 30,000 pizzas every week to zero. Of the 276 staff, 270 had to be furloughed.

While they opened one store in April to manage delivery, founder Thom Elliot still needed to find another way to make up for the lost revenue. “I tried to think of something that would serve our customers, who kept calling us, and also keep us relevant during these times,” he says in an interview.

Mr Elliot and his team decided to create pizza kits featuring all the raw ingredients you need to make your own pizza at home, but to do that he needed to upgrade his website. That’s where Shopify came in.

The Canadian company offers the technology for anyone to create an online store and sell their products, with added features

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