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    Cars drive past a Walmart store in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images Walmart has nabbed two veteran bankers from Goldman Sachs to help spearhead its new fintech start-up, as the company looks beyond retail to drive revenue. Omer Ismail, who leads Goldman's consumer bank, and David Stark, another Goldman banker, are leaving for the retailer. A Goldman Sachs spokesman confirmed their departures. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. Walmart announced in January that it is creating a new company to develop unique, affordable financial products for customers and employees. It has teamed up with Ribbit Capital, a venture capital firm, but will own a majority stake in the start-up. Walmart did not share the name of the company or when services would be available. Walmart executives, including CFO Brett Biggs and Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner, will be on the start-up's board....
    Costco CEO Craig Jelinek said that the retailer will boost its minimum wage to $16 an hour starting next week, up from its current baseline pay of $15 an hour. That will hike Costco's lowest pay rate to $1 an hour above that of many competitors, including Amazon.com and Target. Jelinek announced the pay boost while speaking at a U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing on worker wages at large companies such as Costco, Walmart and McDonald's. Costco's philosophy is that higher pay reduces employee turnover, increases loyalty and ultimately improves efficiency and the bottom line, Jelinek said. The company has 180,000 workers in the U.S. Providing competitive pay "makes sense for our business," Jelinek said. "We try to take care of our employees because they play a significant role in our success." The announcement comes at a moment of debate over the federal minimum wage, which has remained at...
    A death sentence: Activists call on Florida governor to prioritize vaccines for farmworkers Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures © Provided by The Motley Fool Stimulus Check Update: Treasury Secretary and Walmart CEO Both Support $1,400 Direct Payments © Getty Images A hand holding a small American flag and a stimulus check from the U.S. Treasury. Democrats are moving swiftly to provide $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans. The House is expected to vote this week on a newly-drafted $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that would authorize these checks, as well as many other forms of financial relief including additional help for the unemployed. Once the stimulus legislation passes the House, it will then move quickly to the Senate. There, passage through a process called reconciliation is likely. This process enables the bill to pass with just 51 votes. As a result, Democrats -- who...
    VIDEO1:3601:36Walmart CEO: Government should provide additional stimulusSquawk Alley When Walmart CEO Doug McMillon went to the White House last week, he said he gave a clear message: Americans urgently need another round of stimulus checks. Walmart's stores and websites reflect consumers' spending patterns, the retail chief said in an interview with CNBC's Courtney Reagan on "Squawk Alley." The company could tell when they stocked up on food and cleaning supplies in the early part of the pandemic and gravitated toward bikes, puzzles and hair color as they remained stuck at home. When shoppers got the most recent stimulus checks at the end of the year, he said a new pattern emerged: More shoppers put the extra dollars toward buying necessities. "We can see in our customer behavior that some customers — as they received this most recent stimulus — are spending it more on basics, more on private brands, smaller...
    COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been chaotic and confusing. Whats going on? NATO announces expanded mission in Iraq on the heels of deadly rocket attack © Courtesy of Walmart Courtesy of Walmart Walmart announced it would raise pay for some workers, while maintaining $11 starting wage. CEO Doug McMillon said the raises will help the company create a "ladder of opportunity." He also said a $15 minimum wage should be paced in a way that benefits the US economy. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Walmart announced Thursday that it would raise wages for some workers while maintaining an $11 starting pay.  Load Error Chief executive Doug McMillon said the increases are designed to create a "ladder" system for worker promotions at the country's largest retailer and biggest private sector employer. The raise, which will bring 425,000 associates' pay to between $13 and $19...
    By JOSEPH PISANI and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writers NEW YORK (AP) — In 1995, few could imagine that the modest online bookstore built by Jeff Bezos would turn into a $1.7 trillion behemoth that sells everything from diapers to sofas, produces movies, owns a grocery chain and provides cloud computing services to businesses all over the globe. Amazon has become all of that and more, and now it will be up to Andy Jassy to lead the company forward as CEO. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that Bezos would step aside this summer and assume the role of executive chairman so he can focus on new products and early initiatives being developed at Amazon. Although Bezos is expected to still play a big role at the company, it is Jassy who will inherit the many challenges born from Amazon's meteoric rise. Here are some of them: GROWING SCRUTINY Regulators around...
    NEW YORK (AP) — In 1995, few could imagine that the modest online bookstore built by Jeff Bezos would turn into a $1.7 trillion behemoth that sells everything from diapers to sofas, produces movies, owns a grocery chain and provides cloud computing services to businesses all over the globe. Amazon has become all of that and more, and now it will be up to Andy Jassy to lead the company forward as CEO. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that Bezos would step aside this summer and assume the role of executive chairman so he can focus on new products and early initiatives being developed at Amazon. Although Bezos is expected to still play a big role at the company, it is Jassy who will inherit the many challenges born from Amazon’s meteoric rise. Here are some of them: GROWING SCRUTINY Regulators around the world are examining Amazon’s business practices,...
    Andy Jassy is inheriting the top job at Amazon this year along with a tidal wave of threats facing the e-commerce juggernaut. Billionaire Jeff Bezos will be stepping down from day-to-day operations of the empire he built later this year amid mounting labor, regulatory and even competitive pressures. But some experts think Jassy may be better equipped in some ways to handle the coming challenges than Bezos — a political lightning rod due to his vast wealth and ownership of the Washington Post. “It’s a unique period in the history of Amazon,” said Nicholas McQuire, a senior vice president at technology and research consultancy, CCS Insight. “The bumps in the road that will materialize over the next couple of years will require new things of Amazon that will test Andy Jassy.” In addition to growing labor unrest, Amazon faces probes by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission...
    New York (CNN Business)Walmart CEO Doug McMillon lamented Tuesday that the baseless claims of a stolen election pushed by President Donald Trump and his allies have further inflamed America at a time of peril."We all find ourselves in the midst of concurrent health, economic and racial equity crises as well as facing the reality of an electorate divided in large part to the fiction of a fraudulent election," McMillon said Tuesday during an event hosted by the Business Roundtable.The insurrection at the US Capitol by Trump supporters January 6 caused major companies including Walmart to rethink their political activity. Walmart (WMT) suspended contributions to the 147 Republicans who tried, unsuccessfully, to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Other major companies such as Facebook (FB) and Coca-Cola halted political contributions altogether.McMillon, who also serves the Business Roundtable's chairman, said it makes sense that companies are reviewing their political giving. But he suggested...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Lore, Walmart’s e-commerce chief, is leaving the world’s largest retailer, nearly five years after he joined to super charge its online business amid stiffer competition from online leader Amazon. Under Lore’s stewardship, Walmart led the redesign of the company’s website, expanded its online assortment from 10 million items to more than 80 million and transformed its delivery network to add two -day and same day delivery. Lore, who served as CEO of Walmart’s e-commerce division, joined the company in September 2016 when Walmart bought Jet.com, an e-commerce company he founded, for more than $3 billion. Jet’s pricing technology was built on an algorithm that determined which sellers were the most efficient in value and shipping and adjusted prices based on what items were in the checkout cart as well as how far the desired products are from the shoppers’ home. Walmart has phased out...
    STARBUCKS CEO joins Walmart and McDonald's in asking Congress members to "take action" on a second Covid stimulus bill. "We need Congress to take action," said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson at the company's investor day on Wednesday. 6Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has called on Congress to 'take action' on a second Covid stimulus billCredit: Getty Images - Getty Johnson released an open letter to Congress, encouraging lawmakers to pass a second relief bill to save small businesses. "Starbucks urges Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to pass new COVID relief legislation to address the urgent needs to our communities. "Especially for the millions of Americans out of work, small businesses facing economic uncertainty and the public health needs of state and local governments on the front lines of the pandemic," Johnson wrote. In the letter, the CEO also highlighted Starbucks' plan to pay all of their employees at least $15-an-hour...
    Curling will go to Calgary bubble for big 2021 events 20 Foods You Should Buy During a Quarantine (Because of Their Long Shelf Lives) Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says Walmart+ will focus on experience and gradually add perks as it scales up Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said said it's focused on customer experience, not subscriber numbers as it grows its membership program Walmart+. "I realize we're going to face some pressure to share numbers and to scale this really quick," he said Wednesday at an investor conference. "This is not a Disney+ or a Netflix membership for streaming." On Wednesday, Walmart said it would drop its $35 online shipping minimum for members, a move that brings Walmart+ more in line with Amazon Prime. © Provided by CNBC Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the discounter wants to grow its new membership program,...
    Ray McGuire marks official bid for NYC mayor 9-Week-Old Puppy Rescued from the Grasp of Carpet Python by Heroic Owner in Startling Footage This is not a Disney+: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says Walmart+ complexity requires gradual ramp up Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said said it's focused on customer experience, not subscriber numbers as it grows its membership program Walmart+. "I realize we're going to face some pressure to share numbers and to scale this really quick," he said Wednesday at an investor conference. "This is not a Disney+ or a Netflix membership for streaming." On Wednesday, Walmart said it would drop its $35 online shipping minimum for members, a move that brings Walmart+ more in line with Amazon Prime. © Provided by CNBC Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the discounter wants to grow its new membership program, Walmart+, but won't...
    Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart.Adam Jeffery | CNBC Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the discounter wants to grow its new membership program, Walmart+, but won't sacrifice customer experience for subscriber numbers. "One of the worst things we could do would be to sell a bunch of Walmart+ memberships and then have them be dissatisfied because they can't get fast delivery times or spots," he said Wednesday at the Morgan Stanley Virtual Global Consumer & Retail Conference. Walmart has declined to share the number of subscribers since the program's debut. McMillon said the big-box retailer wants to gradually add perks and expand capacity to keep up with members' orders, such as picking and packing groceries for their unlimited home deliveries. He said it will measure its success by a different number: Its Net Promoter Score, an index that indicates customers' likelihood to recommend a product or a company. "I realize we're...
    Am I dying?: Wisconsin nurse describes acting as family to COVID-19 patients who worry and suffer alone Deciding which charity to support doesn’t have to be hard. These tips will help. Walmart Is on Track to Meet an Emissions Target: Summit Update (Bloomberg) -- The first day of the two-day Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit has focused on topics ranging from the future of sustainable investing to building a more sustainable supply chain. Load Error Speakers include chief executive officers from Schroders Plc, Intel Corp., Duke Energy Corp., Carrier Global Corp. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., as well as academics and executives from asset managers and companies including Walmart Inc. and PepsiCo Inc. The Sustainable Business Summit is being organized by Bloomberg Live, a division of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. More information about the event can be found online and on the Bloomberg Terminal.Walmart Is on Track...
    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on Tuesday pushed for another stimulus package while congratulating Joe Biden on his election victory, reports CBS News. Several news outlets have called the race for Biden, though President Donald Trump refuses to concede, citing voter fraud. Newsmax will not announce a winner until enough states certify votes. McMillon, who made the comments during a phone call with investors, said it was "imperative that elected officials in Washington work together to deliver the help so many small businesses need to get through this next phase of the pandemic. "We look forward to working with the administration and both houses of Congress to move the country forward and solve issues on behalf of our associates, customers, and other stakeholders," McMillon said. Congress has failed to pass a second coronavirus relief bills. House Democrats in May passed a $3 trillion package, but Republicans have balked at the price...
    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon had a few messages to impart during the company's Tuesday earnings call that didn't relate to the company's quarterly results. Among them was McMillon's view that it is "imperative" for elected officials to work together to pass more stimulus funding.  He also congratulated Joe Biden on his win, adding his name to a growing list of corporate leaders that have acknowledged the outcome of the November 3 presidential election even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede. Other Fortune 500 CEOs, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, have offered their congratulations to Mr. Biden, although few have publicly addressed Mr. Trump's refusal to accept his election loss. "I want to wrap up by saying congratulations to President-elect Biden," McMillon said at the end of his prepared remarks on the Tuesday morning call with Wall Street analysts. "We look forward to working...
    Veterans and their families are the face of America, and more Fairfax County crime report McDonalds CEO says its very clear that America needs another stimulus package © AP Photo/Richard Drew McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski is calling for more fiscal stimulus measures. AP Photo/Richard Drew McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski said this week it is "very clear" the US needs to pass another stimulus bill.  Kempczinski's support of another stimulus package echoes that of Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who has urged Congress to approve further aid.   Goldman Sachs predicts that the government is poised to pass another $1 trillion in fiscal stimulus, either before or soon after Biden's inauguration in January.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. McDonald's chief executives joined Walmart's CEO in calling for another stimulus package.  Load Error "We need a stimulus measure, I think that is very clear," McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski...
    VIDEO4:2704:27Walmart CEO on new equity initiative to create access to economic opportunitiesSquawk Box Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the nation's top CEOs want to "keep a spotlight on racial equity and keep the work moving forward," even as Americans live through the coronavirus pandemic and follow the presidential election. In an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," the big-box retailer's leader gave an update on an effort by the Business Roundtable to research and put forward policy solutions to advance racial equity across six systems: employment, finance, education, health care, housing and criminal justice. The group put forward its first wave of recommendations on Thursday. "If you looked at this from a system view, all of these systems, the education system, the finance system, they end up landing in a community," McMillon said. "If you think of a place, what are the ingredients that are there that change the outcome so...
    VIDEO2:5002:50Walmart CEO Doug McMillon urges Congress to get a stimulus deal doneSquawk Box Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday that the retailer wants to own part of popular video app TikTok because it sees social media as a huge business opportunity and a powerful way to reach customers. In an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," he said Walmart sees TikTok as a "discovery opportunity" for consumers to find merchandise they want to buy. "If you're watching a TikTok video and somebody's got a piece of apparel or an item on it that you really like, what if you could just quickly purchase that item?" he said. "That's what we're seeing happen in countries around the world. And it's intriguing to us, and we would like to be part of it." Walmart has tentatively agreed to a purchase 7.5% stake in TikTok's U.S. operations, and McMillon would serve as one of...
    Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, speaking at the Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit in Washington, DC on Dec. 6th, 2018. Janhvi Bhojwani | CNBC Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Thursday called on Congress to work together and pass a stimulus deal to help American families and small businesses. "For both sides, I think what they need to keep in mind is that there are Americans that need them, that don't really care about politics, aren't really tied up in this election and they just need some help," he said, in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." He said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin — should hammer out an agreement, even if they need to tinker with it and improve upon it over time. "Doing nothing is not the first and best option," he said. During the coronavirus...
    VIDEO0:5400:54Walmart could provide opportunities in e-commerce synergies, says interim head of TikTokSquawk Box Following CNBC's report Thursday that Walmart is teaming up with Microsoft in its effort to buy TikTok, the social media app's interim head Vanessa Pappas said the social media upstart and retail giant already have a common interest. "For us, we've been really focused recently on rolling out some e-commerce features. We've been providing that for our creator community as another way for them to earn a livelihood," Pappas said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Friday. "I think there's a lot of different synergies there." TikTok began testing new social commerce features last year by allowing some users to add links to their profiles and videos. Levi's was among the first retail brands to use TikTok's new "Shop Now" feature to direct users to merchandise. The company partnered with influencers to spread their message and reported high engagement...
    VIDEO0:5400:54Walmart could provide opportunities in e-commerce synergies, says interim head of TikTokSquawk Box Though many saw Walmart as an unusual potential buyer for TikTok, the social media app's interim CEO Vanessa Pappas said there are "synergies" between the two companies. "For us, we've been really focused recently on rolling out some e-commerce features. We've been providing that for our creator community as another way for them to earn a livelihood," Pappas said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Friday. "I think there's a lot of different synergies there." TikTok began testing new social commerce features last year by allowing some users to add links to their profiles and videos. Levi's was among the first retail brands to use TikTok's new "Shop Now" feature to direct users to merchandise. The company partnered with influencers to spread their message and reported high engagement and traffic to its website in early tests...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Yingzhi Yang, Kanishka Singh and Echo Wang Walmart Inc said it was joining Microsoft in a bid for social media company TikTok’s U.S. assets, revealing its plans hours after Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said he would step down. Mayer is leaving just three months after joining, in the middle of negotiations to sell the Chinese-owned video app’s U.S. operations to Microsoft Corp or Oracle Corp. Retailer Walmart lauded TikTok’s e-commerce and advertising capabilities. The sale of TikTok is happening as the company is under fire from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential national security risk due to the vast amount of private data the app is compiling on U.S. consumers. The Trump administration has demanded that China’s ByteDance, which owns TikTok globally, sell its U.S. operations....
    TikTok will be sold to a US company in the next 48 hours, sources close to negotiations say  TikTok will be sold within 'coming days' to either Microsoft and Walmart or Oracle, in a $20-30billion deal that comes three months before Trump's deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to be sold to a US entity.  Both Microsoft and Oracle expressed interest in the app after Trump ordered ByteDance, the Chinese tech company that owns it, to sell it to a US entity or risk losing all its American customers.  He said it was a national security risk because it had access to more than 100million Americans' data.  On Thursday it emerged that Microsoft and Walmart were teaming up in their bid. It came after fears among US investors in ByteDance questioned whether they'd have a place in a Microsoft sale.  The Wrap cited sources who said Oracle was the...
    Walmart will close all of its U.S. stores nationwide on Thanksgiving Day in order to give its employees a day to spend with their families, USA Today reported. In a statement to employees, President and CEO John Furner didn’t mention specifics, but did note that 2020 has been a difficult year. “We know it’s been a trying year, and you’ve stepped up. We want you to enjoy the day at home with your loved ones,” he said. Indeed, it was an employee who came up with the idea. Noting that “our best ideas come from our associates,” Furner said that Kevin Carlyle, who works at a store in Round Rock, Texas, came up with the idea, which the CEO decided to run with. Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate with normal hours on Wednesday, November 25, the day before the holiday. Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Store and club hours...
    A porn-addicted probation officer in Florida is facing charges after he was caught using his cellphone to record video beneath a woman’s dress at Walmart, police said. Darius Brantley, a 29-year-old employee for the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice, was taken into custody Thursday after admitting to taking upskirt video at the store on Monday, according to an arrest report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. Brantley was caught on surveillance camera inside the Tampa store approaching a woman twice while using his phone to take video footage beneath her dress, police said. Brantley and the woman then “looked eye to eye” with each other after she noticed him, she told police. The woman then called police after Brantley left the Walmart and a loss prevention officer at the store jotted down his license, the newspaper reports. Investigators on Thursday interviewed Brantley, who admitted to recording the woman while citing...
    Players from major professional sports leagues in North America who have opted out of playing 2020 seasons A Dermatologist Ranks the 5 Best Drunk Elephant Products Money Can Buy Walmart’s CEO: ‘We Are Not as Diverse as We Want to Be’ (Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. has been working on becoming more diverse, but still has work to do, according to Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon. © Bloomberg Doug McMillon, chief executive officer of Walmart Inc., speaks during a Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The summit features discussions with Americas top chief executive officers, government leaders and industry experts on ideas and policies. McMillon spoke in an interview on Leadership Live With David Rubenstein on Bloomberg Television. The CEO of the world’s largest retailer is also chairman of the Business Roundtable, a group of blue-chip corporate leaders who recently formed...
    Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon was optimistic Saturday about the nation's economic recovery, telling Fox News host Neil Cavuto that the American consumer is "strong." Simon's comments came after the Labor Department released June's jobs report, which showed employment rising faster than expected after coronavirus shutdowns. According to Thursday's report, the U.S. added 4.8 million jobs, bringing the unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent. "It is a bit surprising," Simon said of the employment numbers, "but, you know, it honestly shows the resilience that the consumer has had throughout this whole thing." LABOR SECRETARY REACTS TO 'TERRIFIC' JUNE JOBS REPORT, SAYS CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE MUST HAVE 'ONGOING ROLE' "The consumer went into the coronavirus lockdown in very, very good shape, and I think we're seeing them follow through with it. There's still a lot of money in the market. The unemployment [benefits] -- enhanced unemployment's still in effect. The stimulus is out there, and I think people are feeling better about where they were. And now this latest spike, I think we're going to need to digest...
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