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Amazon Looks to Use More Contractors for Grocery Delivery

Amazon.com Inc. Prime Deliveries As Workers Demand Better Pay

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Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new program that pays independent contractors to fetch groceries from shelves in Whole Foods stores and deliver them in their own vehicles.

The move may reduce the online retail giant’s reliance on employees who are eligible for medical insurance, sick pay and other benefits.

Amazon is encouraging Flex drivers — contractors who make deliveries in their own cars — to try the new program. These people currently drive groceries to customers’ homes, while the products are gathered and bagged in stores by Amazon employees earning at least $15 an hour. The test will require Flex drivers to do the picking and packing, too, according to correspondence reviewed by Bloomberg.

If the program catches on, it could help Amazon control costs by limiting the number of employees who are eligible for benefits. It also gives the company flexibility to adjust to spikes in demand since it can summon more Flex drivers for individual jobs quicker than it can hire and train new employees.

Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. On a website describing the new Shop and Deliver program, the company said it will provide Flex drivers “with a new flexible earnings opportunity.”

Gig-economy jobs have been criticized for low pay and a lack of benefits. But demand for these roles has increased as millions of people lose full-time jobs in the pandemic-fueled recession. Use of ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft is down, which has pushed many drivers to seek work delivering online orders from stores and restaurants.

Read more: Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work

While the new program appears to be partly designed to limit full-time employees, Amazon also announced plans on Monday to hire 100,000 workers

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Bed Bath & Beyond Offers Buy-Online-Pickup-In-Store, Curbside Pickup, Same Day Delivery

(RTTNews) – Ahead of the upcoming holiday season, Omnichannel retailer Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced the addition of Buy-Online-Pickup-In-Store, Curbside Pickup and Same Day Delivery services this year. With these services, the company expects to provide faster, safer and more convenient shopping experience amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company would provide free Buy-Online-Pickup-In-Store and Curbside Pickup services. Further, Same Day Delivery service is newly introduced.

For Same Day Delivery, once the order is placed, a personal shopper from the company’s Same Day Delivery partner Shipt will pick up the item at the local store and deliver to the customer’s home for as little as $4.99.

The company also will provide easy solutions, thoughtful gifts, relevant tips, and inspiring ideas throughout its website, marketing and social channels during the season.

The company said it has tapped Decorist, its online interior design service, to provide holiday decorating and entertaining inspiration, including state-of-the art 3D renderings and blog posts.

Cindy Davis, Chief Brand Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond and President of Decorist said, “At a time when our homes are the epicenter of our lives, we want to help our customers celebrate old traditions and create new ones, by making sure there’s no place like home this holiday season.”

Bed Bath & Beyond further offers programs to make great savings throughout the season. Under its Beyond+ loyalty program, members receive 20% off on every shopping and free standard shipping throughout the year for only $29 annually. They will get a special bonus during Black Friday week.

The company noted that from October 4 through October 31, customers will receive a $29 bonus card when they purchase a Beyond+ membership.

Further, from October 7 through October 10, customers will earn $25 in My Funds Rewards when they spend $75. All customers will

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Bed Bath & Beyond partners with Shipt, Instacart for same-day delivery

Bed Bath & Beyond said Tuesday it will begin providing same-day delivery, just in time for the holiday season, and as more people than ever are shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby stores across 48 states will offer the service, but customers must reside in eligible ZIP codes to use it. There will be a flat-rate fee of $4.99 for orders of more than $39. As of May 30, Bed Bath & Beyond had a total of 1,478 stores, including 955 of its namesake shops and 127 buybuy Baby locations. 

Bed Bath & Beyond is partnering with Target-owned Shipt, which helps fulfill same-day orders for a number of other retailers including Costco and Kroger, and Instacart. Existing Shipt customers will still receive free, same-day delivery on all orders above $35 when they shop directly through the Shipt platform, the company said. 

“The important thing is … to make sure we get this in place before the holidays,” said Bed Bath & Beyond Chief Digital Officer Rafeh Masood. “It’s another way for customers to shop us when safety is top of mind.” 

The rollout follows Bed Bath & Beyond earlier this year debuting a buy online, pick up in store option, and contactless curbside pickup during the pandemic. For the quarter ended May 30, its online sales surged 82% — with increases of more than 100% during April and May — as shoppers flocked to Bed Bath & Beyond’s and buybuy Baby’s websites for hand sanitizers, bread makers and diapers. 

Retail rivals have been speeding up their same-day delivery options: Amazon in some states is now promising orders will arrive in less than five hours. Walmart is also working with Instacart. And Target has been offering a same-day option for items including groceries via

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Bed Bath & Beyond teams with Shipt and Instacart for same-day delivery before holidays

  • Bed Bath & Beyond announces the launch of same-day delivery. 
  • The retailer is partnering with Shipt and Instacart to offer the service. 
  • The option will be available to customers in eligible ZIP codes at a flat-rate fee of $4.99 for orders of more than $39 at Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby. 



a group of people walking in front of a store: People wearing protective masks practice social distancing as they line up to go into a store as some restrictions begin to lift during the coronavirus pandemic on May 18, 2020 in New York City.


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People wearing protective masks practice social distancing as they line up to go into a store as some restrictions begin to lift during the coronavirus pandemic on May 18, 2020 in New York City.

Bed Bath & Beyond said Tuesday it will begin providing same-day delivery, just in time for the holiday season, and as more people than ever are shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby stores across 48 states will offer the service, but customers must reside in eligible ZIP codes to use it. There will be a flat-rate fee of $4.99 for orders of more than $39. As of May 30, Bed Bath & Beyond had a total of 1,478 stores, including 955 of its namesake shops and 127 buybuy Baby locations. 

Bed Bath & Beyond is partnering with Target-owned Shipt, which helps fulfill same-day orders for a number of other retailers including Costco and Kroger, and Instacart. Existing Shipt customers will still receive free, same-day delivery on all orders above $35 when they shop directly through the Shipt platform, the company said. 

“The important thing is … to make sure we get this in place before the holidays,” said Bed Bath & Beyond Chief Digital Officer Rafeh Masood. “It’s another way for customers to shop us when safety is top of mind.” 

The rollout follows Bed Bath & Beyond earlier this year debuting a buy online, pick up in store option,

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