The DOJ said that workers "helped reinstate products and merchant accounts that Amazon had suspended or blocked entirely from doing business on the Amazon Marketplace" and that "the fraudulently reinstated products included dietary supplements that had been suspended because of customer-safety complaints, household electronics that had been flagged as flammable, consumer goods that had been flagged for intellectual-property violations..."
-- Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
Yuengling is the sixth-largest brewery in the U.S., and its beers are currently available in 22 states. Molson is grappling with a yearslong decline of its core light lager brands, and both brewers have weathered a drop in sales this year from pandemic-related closures of restaurants, bars and other venues.
-- Jennifer Maloney, WSJ
The Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said the preliminary estimate for August showed 2.06 million loaded containers, measured in twenty-foot-equivalent units, hit U.S. shores last month, which would be the most in any month since the report was first published in 2002.
-- Jennifer Smith, WSJ
...while auto manufacturing used to pay very attractive wages, that's no longer automatically true for new hires. In some areas, they can make more money at other kinds of plants.
-- Camila Domonoske, NPR
"So everything that we can see, it’s something that will be a long-term trend because people have, one, learned how to cook and, two, found they really enjoy it. And the other thing that’s special, is when families eat as a family, they stay together. The kids don’t get into as much trouble. Those kinds of things," he added. "But for us the thing that gives us the most excitement, our customers are telling us they actually enjoy it."
-- Kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC
They are definitely nice, big buildings that are usually in attractive locations. Ours in a Portland suburb is being remodeled into a combination Bed, Bath & Beyond and a baby store.
In a complaint seeking up to $1 billion of damages, the plaintiffs said McDonald’s has not offered profitable restaurant locations and growth opportunities to Black franchisees on the same terms as white franchisees, belying its public commitment to diversity and Black entrepreneurship.
-- Jonathan Stempel and Bhargav Acharya, Reuters
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to deny H-1B visas at high rates, including for high-skilled foreign nationals sponsored by many of the best companies in the world, according to a new analysis.
-- Stuart Anderson, Forbes
"As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based," said Todd Morgenfeld, Pinterest’s chief financial officer, in a statement. "A more distributed workforce will give us the opportunity to hire people from a wider range of backgrounds and experiences."
-- Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle
Gap, which owns the Banana Republic brand, announced in March that it would close 90 stores. The drastic increase announced Thursday underscores how badly retailers are struggling during the pandemic.
-- Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business