• Mario Batali Restaurants Settle Harassment Lawsuit
    Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich of B&B Hospitality Group agreed to pay $600,000 to at least 20 former employees in a settlement following a four-year investigation that found multiple violations of unlawful sex discrimination and retaliation. New York’s attorney general found that the Batali, Bastianich and B&B Hospitality (now Pasta Resources) had violated state and city human rights laws between 2016 and 2019.
  • Frito-Lay Workers End Nearly 3-Week Strike
    Frito-Lay employees have ended a nearly three-week strike over forced overtime and long hours that many workers said had pushed them past the point of exhaustion. The agreement, which was ratified Saturday, puts an end to what workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kan., call “suicide shifts” — back-to-back 12-hour shifts with only an eight-hour break in between, according to The New York Times. Workers had called for a product boycott during the strike.
  • Striking Frito-Lay Workers Call For Product Boycott
    Striking Frito-Lay workers say they want more concessions before heading back into the factory. “They have also called for a national boycott on Frito-Lay products, as well as those produced by PepsiCo, for the remainder of the strike,” per NPR. “If successful, the boycott would mean living in a world without Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos and Sun Chips. Temporarily, at least.”
  • Chase Poaches Rival Citigroup's CMO
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has hired Carla Hassan as CMO, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters. Hassan, who became Citi's first global CMO in September last year and helped with new product launches like the Citi Custom Cash Card, starts at Chase in early October. She has also held executive roles at Kellogg Co. and PepsiCo, according to her LinkedIn profile.
  • Bezos Thanks Amazon Employees, Customers After Space Flight
    Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s executive chairman and the world’s richest person, successfully completed his 10-minute flight to the cusp of outer space and back. “Upon his return to earth, Bezos, decked in a blue space suit and a cowboy hat, thanked Amazon employees and customers, noting that they ‘paid for all of this’ referring to the billions in personal Amazon stock he sold to fund his endeavor,” per Fortune.
  • NBA Opens Store In London
    The NBA is opening a store in London, England, in partnership with Fanatics and Lids. It is the league’s first retail store in the United Kingdom and will be a “flagship,” store per the NBA. “The interior pays homage to the NBA’s presence in London, including international games, U.K. athletes who played in the NBA and the 2012 London Olympics,” per NY Sports Journalism. The flagship NBA Store in the United States is in New York.
  • Uber Eats Extends Grocery, Drug Store Delivery Reach
    Uber Eats is adding 1,200 Albertsons Cos. stores to its on-demand delivery service including brands such as Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Tom Thumb and Randalls. Walgreens is also launching same-day delivery via Uber Eats. The partnership marks its first major grocery expansion in the United States, more than doubling the same-day service’s reach to over 400 cities and towns since its launch a year ago.
  • GM, Stellantis Hire Amazon, Lyft Executives
    General Motors and Stellantis are hiring executives away from the technology industry as the sectors "converge with the emergence of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles," according to CNBC. GM is adding four executives from Lyft, Postmates, Fabric and Chinese electric vehicle startup, Nio. Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, hired Ned Curic, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa Automotive, who was formerly with Toyota and Microsoft.
  • DoorDash, Grubhub Sue San Francisco
    DoorDash and Grubhub are suing San Francisco over a permanent delivery fee cap of 15%. The companies call the cap "unnecessary," "harmful" and "unconstitutional" and are seeking monetary damages. “The lawsuit claims restaurants have a wide range of options for delivery, which includes pricing that is well below 15%, which makes the permanent cap unnecessary,” per Restaurant Dive. The companies argue the cap “disrupts contracts between platforms and restaurants, and permanently dictates the economic terms on which a dynamic industry operates."
  • Understaffed Travel Industry Can't Handle Pent-Up Demand
    Americans are trying to get back out and travel after 16 months spent largely at home. But millions are finding that the travel industry isn’t yet ready for them.“I equate what’s going on to travelers being given the keys to a terrific sports car but then being told they can drive no more than 40 miles per hour,” Henry Harteveldt, a veteran travel-industry analyst, tells New York magazine.
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