“If you are having an increase in sales and in productivity, the workers should share in that benefit,” said Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, representing tens of thousands of grocery store workers. “Right now, the owners of these companies are the only ones benefiting.”

Labor experts and Wall Street analysts also predict that the job of picking items off the shelf and taking them to a customers’ cars can easily be done by machines, which means that the boom in jobs may be fleeting.

Even now, that work is highly automated. Workers fulfilling curbside orders at Walmart use a hand-held device that indicates the order in which they should pick each item, for maximum efficiency.

“They can sometime feel like robots,” Mr. Perrone said.

A recent report by the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the nonprofit Working Partnerships USA predicted that workers would come under new pressure as stores began to resemble Amazon warehouses, and noted that “stock clerks’ jobs seem destined for more radical change than any of the other major retail job categories.”

“On the store floor, they also will be more frequently prompted by ‘alerts’ to replenish stock,” the report said. “As with cashiers, this could make stocker jobs more varied and interesting, but in combination with new ways of tracking work, it also could result in jobs that are surveilled, closely watched, sped up and stressed.”

Jean-André Rougeot, chief executive of Sephora Americas, said that on a recent visit to Walmart, he saw more employees pushing carts for pickup orders than he did shoppers. He anticipates that people will return to Sephora’s stores to touch and try its beauty products, but acknowledged that the pandemic would transform how people shopped and received goods.

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Timothy has been raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Timothy Long has become the youngest person to sail around Britain at just 15-years-old.

It took 11 weeks and Timothy had to battle through giant waves, gale-force winds and sail for 24 hours straight.

He set sail on 16 July from Hamble Marina, Hampshire, sailing anti-clockwise around the coast and arrived back to the marina on Thursday.

Timothy Long and his parentsRound Britain 2020 Project

At some points of the 1,600-mile long journey, Timothy only slept for 20 minutes at a time.

It was all to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Timothy raised a massive £7,300, which helps young people rebuild their confidence after cancer through sailing.

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The Cancer Trust was named after Timothy’s idol, Ellen MacArthur.

Dame Ellen MacArthur is a sailor who broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005.

Timothy’s route was very similar to the route she took when she sailed around Britain as an 18-year-old in 1995.

He travelled on average 50 miles every day, but some parts of the journey were up to 100 miles a day.

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There are extreme tides in the British Channel so anyone sailing in it needs to know how to fix a boat

Timothy commented on his JustGiving page, saying: “This is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done because when you are solo sailing there is no one there to help – no support boat, nothing.”

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Timothy is going back to school on Monday!

Dame Ellen also spoke about Timothy’s achievement, calling it an incredible achievement.

“While Timothy will always have the personal satisfaction of that achievement, the legacy of what he’s done will be even more far-reaching in terms