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Past articles by Ben:

Target recalls more than 200,000 weighted blankets for kids after 2 children suffocate under it

Target has recalled its Pillowfort Weighted Blankets. The retailer has received four reports of kids becoming entrapped under these blankets. → Read More

Meet M-TAC, the maker of Zelenskyy's casual sweaters and t-shirts that started out selling airsoft guns

The Ukranian company first started selling clothing in 2014 and has been focused on providing gear and equipment for the Ukranian military. → Read More

Organized retail crime has ballooned into a $100 billion problem — and store employees are dying over it

Organized retail crime isn't as simple as a shoplifter pocketing a product. Criminal groups steal merchandise in bulk and resell it for profit. → Read More

Walmart CEO warns company will close stores if theft doesn't slow down

The world's largest retailer likely loses about 1% of its US revenue — or roughly $3 billion every year — to stealing by customers and employees. → Read More

Walmart's active-shooter training is so old and 'inadequate' that it has become a meme, some workers say

After a Walmart team lead fatally shot six colleagues and himself at a store in Chesapeake, Virginia, workers are concerned about their safety. → Read More

Leaked memo: Here's how Walmart is enticing its 1.6 million employees to sign up for its newly acquired online bank

One previously touted its ability to reach Walmart's more than 1 million employees. Now the retail giant is rolling out the neobank to its staffers. → Read More

This PayPal-backed startup is solving one of the biggest headaches for brands selling online through Walmart, Macy's, or Kroger — getting paid

Cymbio, an Israel-based digital-sales startup, is making it easier for brands to get paid instantly when selling on retail marketplaces. → Read More

Meet 13 top execs leading ONE: The super-secretive fintech Walmart backs that has poached talent from Goldman, Apple, and Lyft

The secretive Walmart-backed fintech ONE has steadily grown its ranks over the past year. Here are the 13 key people leading its efforts. → Read More

Walmart has ambitions to conduct clinical trials and scientific research, trademark filings suggest

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant filed trademark applications "Walmart Healthcare Research Institute" and "My Health Journey" in August. → Read More

Walmart has reportedly cut 200 jobs from its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer has laid off around 200 corporate workers. → Read More

Leaked internal memo: Walmart says it will let managers pause automatic delivery after some employees told Insider the system jammed more inventory in overcrowded backrooms

The memo was sent to store managers on Saturday two days after Business Insider published an in-depth look on Walmart's excess inventory issues. → Read More

3 drone startups helping Walmart compete with Amazon in the sky-delivery wars

Walmart has partnered with three drone startups in under two years to focus on last-mile delivery while Amazon prepares to launch its own service. → Read More

Walmart folded its direct-to-fridge delivery into Walmart+, where membership has declined. An analyst says it plays up the company's top strength but won't be a 'major driver' of new members.

Walmart is trying to boost its membership platform by folding in its direct-grocery-delivery service. An analyst said it would have marginal benefit. → Read More

Walmart sees a future where drones swoop in to rescue delivery orders from stalled robots, a new patent shows

Walmart is heavily focused on modernizing its delivery approach. With a new patent filing, it plans to use both drones and autonomous ground robots. → Read More

A new DoorDash patent sketches future plans to take on Uber and cut costs with self-driving vehicles and drones

Grubhub and Uber Eats have been testing sidewalk robots with startups like Serve Robotics. DoorDash's patent describes autonomous vehicles on roads. → Read More

Instacart and Walmart join forces against DoorDash with rapid delivery test in Canada

Walmart is launching a new platform through Instacart, called Walmart Now, to deliver groceries to customers in Toronto in 30 minutes. → Read More

Walmart shareholders are pushing the company to study what effect a reversal of Roe v. Wade could have on hiring and retaining its workforce

In light of a potential Roe v. Wade reversal, shareholders want Walmart to examine how hiring may suffer in states that restrict reproductive rights. → Read More

Walmart is quietly seeing exponential growth with its new data-monetization platform

Walmart launched Luminate in October 2021 to provide data products for other retailers. The service has seen massive growth. → Read More

Here's why this Louisville coffee shop decided to expand downtown

The owner of Brew and Sip Coffee Bar said she is counting on the return of office workers and development in the area. → Read More

Kentucky Derby 2022: Live updates on favorites, odds, races and more at Churchill Downs

The first Saturday in May has arrived, which means it's time for the 2022 Kentucky Derby! Here's what's happening at Churchill Downs. → Read More