Uber drivers are called contractors
The National Labor Relations Board, handing an important victory to Uber, has concluded that the company’s drivers are contractors, not employees. The move, outlined by the board’s general counsel in a memorandum released Tuesday, deals a blow to drivers’ efforts to band together to demand higher pay and better working conditions from Uber and its main rival in the ride-hailing business, Lyft. It is the first major policy move the board has made concerning the so-called gig economy under President Donald Trump. Contractors lack the protection given to employees under federal law.
Burger King to sell more plant burgers
Miami-based Burger King began serving the all-plant Impossible Burger, which, of course, it’s calling the Impossible Whopper, Tuesday at 113 locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties. These Whoppers consist of a patty made from plant ingredients, topped with tomatoes and onions, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun. The roll-out comes after a successful test at multiple locations in St. Louis. Columbus, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, burger lovers also got to order the Impossible Whopper starting Tuesday. The plan is to eventually roll them out nationwide.
Walmart rolls out next-day delivery
The world’s largest retailer is rolling out next-day delivery service to counter Amazon’s recent move to speed shipment times for top customers to just one day from two. Starting Tuesday, Walmart customers in Phoenix and Las Vegas who buy at least $35 worth of goods started getting free one-day shipping. The offer will extend to Southern California in the coming days and will reach about three-quarters of the U.S. by the end of the year. Unlike Amazon, which will spend $800 million this quarter to reduce delivery times, Walmart said its shift will actually cost the company less, since the items will typically come in just one box from a single warehouse. Keeping a tight lid on expenses is paramount for Walmart, whose domestic e-commerce business isn’t profitable.