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Wayfair Workers protest Migrant Detention

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Wayfair employees boycotted their corporate jobs on Wednesday to protest the furniture giant’s decision to sell beds to a migrant detention center located at the Southern border. The protest revolt has since then garnered national attention from outlets across the country and attended by dozens of supporters, holding signs reading “NO WAY” and “abolish ICE.”

“We’ve had many conversations with the leaders back and forth,” Wayfair employee Madeline Howard said to The Washington Post. “We really do want to reach some kind of agreement with them, but they’re just not hearing what we’re saying.”

According to Chris Allieri, the founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a public relations firm specializing in crisis management.

“At the end of the day, as a corporation, you have to look at your employees,” Allieri added to the outlet. “Their viewpoint matters, and I think we’re going to see it matter even more.”

“That used to be the way, right?” he continued. “Now companies need to look at their audiences. And I think, for too long, the audience of the employees — it was just not considered.”

“[Wayfair] isn’t the first company that’s done business with the federal government, or ICE or Immigration and Naturalization Services,” Allieri quipped. “But this company is a consumer-facing company. It’s the happy pillow brand, right?”

Consumer-facing brands — companies that interact with the public on a regular basis — are more likely to be subject to the will of their employees, Allieri said. That means they need to get better at listening to the people who work for them, but will they?

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Jeff Bezos sets sights on buying NFL team

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly planning on purchasing an National Football League (NFL) team and is currently in talks with several current owners.

According to CBS Sports, Bezos “has spent considerable time around owners, including Washington Redskins’ Dan Snyder, and is in the process of moving to Washington.” Bezos, is worth an estimated $110 billion, including ownership of The Washington Post.

“There are not any teams currently on the market, though the Seattle Seahawks will be sold at some point following the death of Paul Allen last year,” the report said on Sunday. Snyder has been trying to get a state-of-the-art stadium built in Washington, DC, and Bezos can help him build one.

“Bezos moved The Washington Post to a new location after purchasing the paper, is setting up an Amazon hub in the area and some believe could aid Snyder`s pursuit of a new stadium, perhaps even with an Amazon sponsorship,” the report elaborated. Amazon has a partnership with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football and he may buy an NFL team from a business perspective.

NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

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Uber’s third round of layoffs raises major red flags

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Uber has reportedly terminated employment for another 350 workers in its third wave of layoffs, the company revealed on Monday. Uber Eats and Uber’s self-driving unit were hit the the hardest according to documents obtained by Tech Crunch

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent an email to Uber workers to address what’s being described as “difficult but necessary changes.”

The company has parted ways with an estimated 400 workers in its marketing department since July and 435 engineering and product workers in September. Some workers have also been asked to relocate.

The ride-sharing giant admitted in August that it garnered $5 billion in losses in the second quarter of 2019, attributing the costs to one-time charges connected to Uber’s May stock offering. Excluding those charges, Uber’s ongoing burn rate has been around $1 billion in recent quarters. Third-quarter financial results are due out next month.

While the ongoing layoffs have raised concerns as to where the future of the company’s headed, UBER says those who were fired only make up about 1% of the company’s workforce. 

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Selfridges embraces Conscious Consumerism with Sustainable partnership –– Depop

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Luxury fashion store, Selfridges announces the Depop Space Selfridges pop-up, as a new study1 reveals Gen Z’s purchasing decisions are increasingly based on sustainability concerns. This innovative fashion pop-up is one of several existing and forthcoming activities that reflect the store’s on-going commitment to reimagining what shopping and style might look like in response to the climate emergency.

As a retailer, Selfridges is continually seeking new ways to become more circular and help to drive radical transformation of the industry by collaborating with brands and partners whose activities challenge the way we experience and enjoy fashion.

The Depop focus for September is to ‘Recreate the New: Fashioned for the Planet’ – and focuses on sustainability, featuring sellers who advocate for reducing fashion’s global impact and reflect Selfridges’ prioritization of providing sustainable and ethical fashion choices for its shoppers. 

The Depop Space Selfridges installation aims to reimagine the retail space in an industry where the environmental impact of fashion is increasingly at the forefront of customer’s minds. 

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During September, Depop sellers such as Sam Nowell and designer Patrick McDowell will host hands-on workshops for the public, teaching customers how to extend the life of pre-loved garments through reworking, tailoring and customization.

Selfridges’ new Shopper Study data, conducted by OnePoll, backs up the push from young consumers to shop ethically. Two-thirds (63%) of Gen Z shoppers said they were more concerned about climate change and sustainability issues than they were just one year ago. Concerns for the environment are influencing their shopping choices with over three-quarters (77%) of this age profile saying that when they are thinking about the products they buy their biggest environmental concern is that they want their choices to reduce waste.

Selfridges Head of Sustainability, Daniella Vega commented: “We are excited to be taking the lead in sustainable fashion by this first-of-its-kind collaboration with Depop in the UK. Selfridges takes seriously its responsibility to protect the environment and our Buying Better Inspiring Change initiative always looks for ways to push the boundaries in luxury retail – to challenge the norm. This new survey data supports our understanding of our youngest adult fashion shoppers, for whom there is no compromise when it comes to seeking out style that doesn’t harm the planet. We are committed to buying better and inspiring change so that our customers can do the same.”

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Depop Space Selfridges will showcase different Depop sellers each week exhibiting a selection of key pieces from their Depop collections available for purchase only at Selfridges. An additional exclusive collection of pieces is available online on​ ​Selfridges.com​. The retail space itself will act to physically reimagine the digital marketplace with a kinetic rail that visitors can control to view the range on offer

The Depop Space Selfridges follows Selfridges recent commitment and signing of the Fashion Pact, as unveiled at the recent G7 Summit, as well as the introduction of its latest cohort of Bright New Things designers.

Release provided by Selfridges.

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