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•  Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company to Winn-Dixie, Harveys and and Fresco y Más, announced that it will "soon offer a new, convenient means to shop for groceries online that will also allow customers to enjoy the same prices as shopping in store. Starting in October, customers can utilize SEG’s proprietary new offering to shop their local Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores online and have their groceries delivered right to them in as little as two hours with the benefit of in-store deals and promotions. For added convenience, customers will be able to pick up their groceries curbside at their preferred store beginning early 2023. 

"SEG’s proprietary new offering will allow customers to conveniently shop for their groceries online through the Winn-Dixie or Harveys Supermarket app or website and receive their order in two hours or less fulfilled exclusively by DoorDash Drive, DoorDash’s white label fulfillment platform."

•  From the Wall Street Journal:

" Chief Executive Andy Jassy said his company is slowing down the rate at which it is hiring new employees after the pandemic boom may have led to overexpansion.

"Amazon went on a massive hiring spree in recent years to keep up with the customer demand and most of that growth was in the company’s fulfillment networks. Mr. Jassy told a conference that the company will likely be scaling back on that rate of hiring."

The move comes as Jassy has "attempted to shed some warehouse space by subletting it out as well as deferring the construction of new warehouses. Mr. Jassy has also closed down many of the company’s bricks-and-mortar retail stores."