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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Fashion
Report: Pakistani workers make clothes way under minimum wage that are sold by Boohoo
Report: Pakistani workers make clothes way under minimum wage that are sold by Boohoo
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Getting paid 10,000PKR (£47) a month, well below the legal monthly minimum wage for unskilled labour of 17,500PKR, workers in Pakistan in two factories made clothes for the fast fasion rand Boohoo according to an investigative report by the Guardian.

Video material also shows work conditions that pose potential safety issues.

Business
Nordstrom to stop selling fur and exotic animal skills by the end of 2021
Nordstrom to stop selling fur and exotic animal skills by the end of 2021
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In a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, American department store chain Nordstrom has committed to banning exotic animal skins and real fur from its 355 stores. While other chains have adopted a fur-free policy in the past, Nordstrom will be the first US-based retailer to prohibit clothing and accessories made with skins of exotic animals.

Nordstrom's private labels have been free of fur and exotic animal skin for years, so the company's chief merchandising officer Teri Bariquit, and will encourage brands impacted by their new policy to "re-evaluate their use of fur and exotic animal skins."

Nordstrom will still sell products made out of the skin of cows, calves, sheep, lambs, pigs, goats and water buffalo but will exclude products derived from snakes, alligators, lizards, pythons, crocodiles, sharks, kangaroos, ostriches and stingrays.

Business • Consumer & Service
First Amazon Fresh opens Woodland Hills, in Los Angeles
First Amazon Fresh opens Woodland Hills, in Los Angeles
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After an invite-only phase, the first Amazon Fresh grocery store has opened its door to the public in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Amazon is also introducing Dash Carts, shopping carts featuring a scale and a variety of cameras and sensors to calculate your shopping total. Echo Show stations featuring Alexa will help customers find items and products in the store.

Business • Economy
German retail: 5% increase in theft

In the German retail trade, the inventory differences have increased again. In the current study, the trade research institute EHI published a damage of €3.75 billion due to theft. If you add organizational errors such as incorrectly priced goods, the total damnages in 2019 have been around €4.4 billion. This makes for an increase of around 5% compared to 2018.

Health
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
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Target and CVS announced on Thursday that they would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering their stores, following other large retailers such as Walmart, Costco and Apple.

"With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," so CVS on Twitter.

Business • Economy
German retail to face worst retraction since WWII
Stefan Genth (Middle)
Stefan Genth (Middle) Credit: Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The HDE Managing Director Stefan Genth said German non-food retailers would see sales drop by around 22% this year, putting the sector on track for its worst retraction since 1945.

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed consumer behavior, with many customers going online for their shopping needs.

Genth said: “Many consumers have changed their shopping habits and retailers need to adapt.”.

Business • Economy
Big U.S. retailers stopped "hero pay" due to decline in panic buying
A supermarket checker with face mask works behind a plastic shield
A supermarket checker with face mask works behind a plastic shield Credit: Russ Allison Loar / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

U.S. retailers, including Amazon, Stop & Shop and Kroger, have quietly ended the pandemic-related "hero pay" for its employees. The additional payment was initially meant as a pay raise, implemented as sales surged in March due to panic buying and hoarding.

Employees have voiced criticism as they are still being exposed to the novel Coronavirus on a daily basis. Stop & Shop produce manager Eddie Quezada, who contracted the virus, pointed out that their jobs were still "very risky", adding: "We should get at least something for that."