By David Streitfeld The New York Times Mon., July 16, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO—Many booksellers on Amazon strive to sell their wares as cheaply as possible. That, after all, is usually how you make a sale in a competitive marketplace. Other merchants favour a counterintuitive approach: mark the price up to the moon. “Zowie,” the romance author Deborah MacGillivray wrote on Twitter last month after she discovered copies of her 2009 novel, One Snowy Knight, being offered for four figures. One was going for “$2,630.52 & FREE Shipping,” she noted. Since other copies of the paperback were being sold elsewhere on Amazon for as little as 99 cents, she was perplexed. Read more: Amazon to open new fulfilment centre in Ottawa, creating about 600 jobs Article Continued Below Amazon said to start squeeze on suppliers to curb losses “How many really sell at that price? Are they just hoping to snooker some poor soul?” … [Read more...] about Why bargain-bin books can list for thousands
Flexible jobs for moms that pay well
Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Hands up, if you have fantasised about working from the couch at home or breaking free from the stifling nine-to-five routine. No more waking up at an insanely early hour. No mad rush for the bathroom. And certainly no need to brave the crushing crowd at peak hours on the MRT or bus. Working from home and other formal flexible work arrangements (FWAs) – such as part-time and flexi-time work, staggered hours, job sharing and compressed work weeks – certainly look rosy to employees. And healthier, too. Peak-hour commuting, one of the biggest bugbears for office workers, has been found to increase levels in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as heightened anxiety and depression risks. Not a good way to start your day.In fact, commuting is such a disliked activity that a 20-minute increase in travelling time is perceived to be as bad for job … [Read more...] about Working from home sounds like a dream come true – but is it really for you?
By Alex McKeen StarMetro Vancouver Thu., May 10, 2018 VANCOUVER — Working with expertise in the high-demand tech field, Vancouver mom Elena Inurrategui is no stranger to job offers. But she said she’s rejected several of them in the last couple of months, because she couldn’t stomach a return to the nine-to-five grind where she’d undoubtedly spend afternoons wondering how her young kids were doing. “The idea to sit at a desk for 8 hours just because I have to be there — it just doesn’t make any sense,” Inurrategui said. Being a mother, she said, has taught her the value of time — both at work, and at home. Instead she runs a consultancy with two other moms (on the customer relationship management software Salesforce), and works at home on her own schedule. A new study from UBC shows Inurrategui is onto something, and that more flexible workplaces could benefit employers as well as moms. Article … [Read more...] about Flexibility at work tied to higher pay for moms
Estée Lauder Companies is expanding its parental-leave policy in the US. The expanded policy includes 20 weeks of paid leave, $10,000 toward adoption, $20,000 toward fertility treatments, in-home child care and elder care at a reduced rate, and a back-to-work transition program – regardless of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. The new program is on par with many major tech companies, like IBM, Twitter, and Amazon. Estée Lauder’s Executive Director of Global Benefits told Business Insider that the company realizes that no one family looks the same, which is why it wants to give employees multiple benefits options if they choose to have a child. Starting May 1, Estée Lauder employees in the US who choose to have, foster, or adopt a child will get 20 weeks of paid leave – regardless of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. And if they conceive of … [Read more...] about Estée Lauder is now paying employees $10,000 to adopt as part of its new parental-leave policy
By NICK WINGFIELD PAUL MOZUR and MICHAEL CORKERY The New York Times Mon., April 2, 2018 SEATTLE—To see what it is like inside stores where sensors and artificial intelligence have replaced cashiers, shoppers have to trek to Amazon Go, the internet retailer’s experimental convenience shop in downtown Seattle. Soon, though, more technology-driven businesses such as Amazon Go may be coming to them. A global race to automate stores is underway among several of the world’s top retailers and small tech startups, which are motivated to shave labour costs and minimize shoppers’ frustrations, such as waiting for cashiers. They are also trying to prevent Amazon from dominating the physical retail world as it does online shopping. Read more: Amazon Go has experts wondering how store will handle shoplifting Article Continued Below Amazon launches cashierless grocery store Wave of automation sweeping Canadian retailers Companies are testing … [Read more...] about Retailers race Amazon in high-tech push for automated shopping