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Ben Tobin

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Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

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

This building on Louisville's Whiskey Row is being turned into an entertainment venue

The Colorado-based bar and entertainment company purchased the old the W.L. Weller building at 121 W. Main St. for $3.65 million in spring 2021. → Read More

Auto supplier to build $37.5 million facility in Kentucky, creating hundreds of jobs

Summit Polymers Inc., a women and family owned business based out Michigan, aims to complete the 140,000-square-foot facility by June 2023. → Read More

After 60+ years, Mid-City Mall's last original business is closing in the Highlands

"We've had about 50 to 60 people per day," co-owner Leslie Miller said. "That's a lot for a mom-and-pop shop that's not exactly on the beaten path." → Read More

'You can feel it in your chest': Thunder Over Louisville rocks Waterfront Park once again

Kentucky Derby Festival's marquee event, Thunder Over Louisville, returned to Waterfront Park on Saturday. And it did not disappoint. → Read More

Is Cook Out coming to Louisville? Popular fast food chain teases opening with online poll

Is there a cookout in Louisville, Ky? There may be many, but Cook Out, the restaurant, doesn't have a store at the home of the Kentucky Derby ... yet. → Read More

Electric car battery maker Envision to build plant, create thousands of jobs in Kentucky

This announcement comes more than six months after Beshear announced that Ford plans to build twin battery manufacturing plants in Hardin County. → Read More

National drive-thru coffee chain continues expansion in Louisville

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles, Scooter's Coffee now has more than 400 locations in 23 states across the nation. → Read More

Something new is brewing at Heine Brothers’ Coffee – a union effort by Louisville baristas

Workers at Heine Brothers' are asking that the company does not respond to its effort like Starbucks has to its workers. → Read More

Lots of quitting, child care and more: Takeaways on Kentucky's complex spring labor market

The dissipating of the COVID-19 omicron variant, combined with many job availabilities, has led to a gradual increase in labor force participation. → Read More