“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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Amazon has finally released the dates for Prime Day after it was pushed back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The huge two-day savings event is taking place October 13 and 14, 2020. If the full 48 hours of savings are anything like last year, you can expect some incredible deals on everything from TVs to beauty essentials. And, of course, there will likely be huge price drops on Amazon’s own devices, too. 

Along with a shifted date, there’s one other new detail to make note of for this year’s Prime Day: You have the chance to get a $10 spending credit before it even begins. 

Here’s how it works: Spend $10 at a select small business storefront any time now through October 12 and you’ll get $10 to use on Prime Day. This extra discount is for Prime members only, so if you don’t have a membership yet, now’s the time to sign up (or at least start your 30-day free trial). 

Now, these small businesses aren’t niche boutiques filled with random items you’ll never use. Instead, they’re stocked to the brim with everyday goods like face masks, cleaning towels, and detangling dog brushes. You could even opt to shop for your weekly grocery essentials (that you’d be buying anyway), and in turn get money to spend a few weeks from now. 

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Once you shop from a small business on your Amazon Prime account, you’ll get an email about the credit. Then, the $10 offer will apply automatically to the first Prime Day purchase you make. You can even order something on your Alexa during the sale event, and the smart device will include the savings in the checkout process. (Click here to see all of the

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Savvy drivers and homeowners who switch their insurance provider every year may be facing a steep rise in the premiums on offer from next year. 

The financial watchdog is proposing to ban what has become known as the ‘loyalty penalty’ from late 2021, potentially saving some 6 million customers £3.7billion over 10 years. 

Currently in the motor insurance market premiums rise by an average of 2.54 per cent at renewal, according to Consumer Intelligence. In home insurance, premiums go up by an average 12.67 per cent every year. 

Banning this will mean that insurers can no longer reserve the best deals for new customers while at the same time charging more to existing policyholders who don’t switch away when they renew. 

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It comes after years of campaigning from This is Money and others warning about the penalty and encouraging customers to fight back. 

While the rule change is good news for the majority of policyholders who choose to stay with their existing provider, it is likely to penalise those who have bothered to shop around. 

Insurance experts Consumer Intelligence said: ‘One thing is absolute – premiums are going to rise. 

‘In the current model, insurers offer heavily discounted new business prices to acquire new customers, but don’t make profit until year two or three of the policy. So naturally, prices will need to even out to support the sustainability of the industry.’

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The FCA has calculated the differences in prices paid by existing and

Nevadans without health insurance on Thursday could begin to “window shop” for a plan on the state-operated exchange, which is offering almost double the number of plans as last year.

Insurance plans are available through the Nevada Health Link exchange to those who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare or don’t have insurance through an employer.

Residents can review plan options on the exchange website in advance of the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1 and extends until Jan. 15, a month longer than in previous years.

“Pandemics are a very bad time to be without coverage, and we encourage people to take a look at the comprehensive options on the exchange,” Heather Korbulik, executive director of state agency Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, said on Thursday.

Some residents who lost their jobs during the pandemic-caused recession became eligible for Medicaid coverage. Others who are returning to work may no longer be eligible for Medicaid, Korbulik said, noting, “we are actively pursuing these folks so that we can make sure they don’t lose coverage.”

The Nevada Division of Insurance has approved an average rate increase of 4.2 percent for plans on the exchange, which reflects increases in medical costs and the “potential impact of COVID-19,” said Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson in a news release this week. The average rate of increase for plans that are not part the exchange is 5 percent.

Not only rates but subsidies offered for plans will be increasing, Korbulik said. In a typical year, four out of five of those on the exchange will qualify for a subsidy, and even more people likely will qualify this year.

The insurance plans offered on the exchange are all so-called qualified health plans that cover the 10 essential health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. This

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After a monstrous day on Monday, stocks took a breather on Tuesday, spending most of the day near flat. That doesn’t mean some of our top stock trades weren’t putting together big moves though. With all of that in mind, let’s have a look.

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow No. 1: Beyond Meat (BYND)

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Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) was in focus today, rallying more than 10% until it ran into resistance.

That resistance came in the form of the 138.2% extension and the June highs between $160 and $165. This area stymied Beyond Meat’s summer rally, as shares ultimately faded lower.

On the plus side, it allowed the stock to carve out a notable low around $120.

Let’s see if we can get a close above the 138.2% extension with this one. If so, it could trigger an eventual move up toward the 161.8% extension near $190. Until the trend becomes invalidated, bulls can look to buy the dip into the 10-day moving average and uptrend support (blue line).

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow No. 2: Shopify (SHOP)

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After an enormous rally from the March lows, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) has done well this summer. However, it has struggled to push through the $1,100 area.


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Its failure to break through ultimately led to a pullback. Eventually shares were able to reverse off $850 on Sept. 17. I think it’s important to highlight the fact that when the Nasdaq Composite made new lows on the 21st and 24th, Shopify did not.

Now reclaiming the 50-day moving average on Tuesday, let’s see