Walmart may owe you money if you bought weighted groceries at one of its stores
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by Michael Grothaus
2h ago
Walmart has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company charged people more than it should have when they brought select weighted goods and bagged citrus items in-store. Walmart will pay $45 million to settle the case, with some customers eligible to receive compensation of up to $500. Here’s what you need to know about the settlement. What is the lawsuit about? The class action alleged that Walmart may have charged customers more than the lowest in-store advertised prices when they bought select weighted goods or bagged citrus items at checkout in a Walmart location from ..read more
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Desk workers increased their AI usage by 24% last quarter, according to Slack
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by AJ Hess
2h ago
Artificial intelligence evangelists have predicted that automation would radically change the way we work for years. While automation has steadily transformed blue-collar industries like manufacturing and agriculture over the course of the past several decades, the technology has only gained quantifiable traction among desk workers more recently. Yesterday Slack released a new survey of more than 10,000 desk workers around the world indicating that the use of AI in the workplace accelerated 24% in the last quarter. Slack’s Workforce Lab found that in September 2023, one in five desk workers re ..read more
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Robinhood launches a retirement plan for gig workers
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by Jessica Bursztynsky
2h ago
Robinhood is rolling out a retirement savings plan for certain gig workers, targeting a growing cohort of people who may not have access to traditional 401(k) options. The new program, called Robinhood Retirement for Independent Workers, will be available to people who find work through Taskrabbit, Grubhub, and Gopuff starting the first week of March. “A growing number of people are moving away from the usual 9-5, shifting towards freelancing and side hustles to make a living. But traditional systems haven’t caught up,” Robinhood said in a release Wednesday. While most gig workers treat the jo ..read more
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Do I really need to send a thank-you note after an interview?
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by Kathleen Davis
3h ago
Welcome to “Pressing Questions,” Fast Company’s mini advice column. Twice a week, deputy editor Kathleen Davis, host of The New Way We Work podcast, will answer the biggest and most pressing workplace questions in less than one minute. Q: Do I really need to send a thank-you note after an interview?A: You don’t need to, but you absolutely should.Don’t worry about mailing a handwritten note on a fancy card (although doesn’t that sound lovely?). But there is no downside to sending a brief follow up email. Why? The short answer is: You want to get the job. If you took the time and effort to write ..read more
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Today’s top business headlines: Wendy’s surge pricing, the EU takes on Microsoft, and a potential business closure rocks San Francisco
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by Leila Frankina
3h ago
Wendy’s new surge pricing model: Wendy’s will roll out a new Uber-like, surge-pricing strategy for their menu starting next year, which has plenty of customers wondering, “Where’s the beef?” Menu staples such as burgers can now soar to higher prices during busier times like lunch and dinner, but also drop down to lower prices during slower hours. Wendy’s asserts it will also be using AI technologies to transform their menu, promoting certain items based on the weather outside, for example. Depending on the customer feedback to a planned test, surge pricing could eventually be rolled out to all ..read more
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Why this design agency is embracing a ‘seasonal brand identity’
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by Elissaveta M. Brandon
3h ago
Humans dress for to the seasons. What if brands did, too? Design firm Metalab has just rolled out a major rebrand. The company, which has designed interfaces for the likes of Slack, Headspace, and most recently, James Clear’s Atoms app, is reinventing itself with a polished logo, a refined wordmark, and a brand new typeface. It’s also putting its own spin on the ever-popular, shape-shifting logo with a logo that can change with the seasons. This doesn’t mean that Metalab is planning to change its logo every three months—Metalab’s definition of seasonality is pretty loose. But it does mean that ..read more
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9 stunning architectural projects that show what’s possible with existing buildings
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by Adele Peters
3h ago
Until recently, an affordable apartment building in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood looked like any of the other 1990s-era developments that pepper the area. But over a few months in 2022, it was transformed. A sculptural white facade, made of eight-inch-thick insulation, now covers the exterior, with a new heating and cooling system incorporated onto the walls. The building now meets Passive House standards and is expected to cut energy bills by 80%. The building, part of a series of retrofits by the nonprofit owner RiseBoro Community Partnership and architect Chris Benedict, is one example ..read more
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This Stanford engineer just designed a better, more comfortable earring
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by Elizabeth Segran
3h ago
Earrings have been a fashion accessory for 4,000 years. But their design hasn’t changed much. Today, as in millennia past, we pierce our ears, then insert a small piece of metal. This generally means that you have a sharp post that goes through your ear lobe, which can poke the delicate skin behind your ear. Maison Miru, a jewelry startup, has a solution to preventing the discomfort of this pokiness. It recently launched an earring with a flat back that is designed to be more comfortable than a traditional earring, with backings that look like a butterfly. The brand has dubbed it the “nap” ear ..read more
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Researchers discover what makes a political ad truly persuasive
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by Hunter Schwarz
3h ago
What makes a political ad effective? Are positive campaign ads better than negative ones? Should ads be more or less pushy? According to new research, the answer to all of these questions is a somewhat unsatisfying “it depends.” Using data from Swayable, researchers tested reactions to 617 political ads produced by 51 Democratic campaigns between 2018 and 2020, and they found that context really does matter. “The unifying theme of the results is inconsistency,” authors wrote in the study, published this month in the American Political Science Review. Their findings have the potential to blow u ..read more
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A former Seattle Seahawks player designed this gorgeous $400 lamp
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by Hunter Schwarz
3h ago
Former Super Bowl champ Michael Bennett just released his first lamp. The pro-athlete-turned-designer, who retired from football to study design and open his firm, Studio Kër, in 2020, partnered with Gantri for the $398 Ursa Minor Table Light. [Photo: courtesy Gantri] The asymmetrical, low-profile lamp is just 8 inches tall and available in one of three colorways—sand, carbon, or sedona. Gantri says the lamp is inspired by African architecture, though it shares a touch of DNA with Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s famed Snoopy Lamp. [Photo: courtesy Gantri] Named for the Little Dipper, a ..read more
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