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•  Save Mart said yesterday that it "has teamed up with Amazon to offer Amazon customers two-hour grocery delivery from Save Mart stores in Lathrop and Ceres, with more cities in California’s Central Valley to be added soon. With new convenient access to Save Mart’s quality produce and products, Amazon Prime Members will have their grocery needs fulfilled at affordable prices."

“The Amazon partnership represents The Save Mart Companies’ ongoing digital transformation to serve our shoppers and fulfill their needs with innovative and affordable solutions,” Tamara Pattison, SVP-Chief Digital Officer, The Save Mart Companies, said in a prepared statement.

•  Target-owned Shipt yesterday announced what it is calling "Dealivery Days, an exclusive three-day savings event kicking off on Saturday, November 5th. Shipt members and customers will be able to unlock exciting deals on an array of products from national retailers like Target and Walgreens to regional favorites like Meijer and Fred Meyer, amongst an expansive suite of participating mid-sized and nationwide retailers."

Shipt says that the promotion is a recognition "that inflation is impacting consumers across the country," and so it "is prioritizing deals for customers in the categories that have been the most affected. Categories such as meat and pet products, both of which have seen an average price increase of over 15 percent over the past year, will be featured during Shipt’s Dealivery Days."

•  From The Verge:

"DC Attorney General Karl Racine sued Shipt, a gig delivery company, Thursday for misclassifying full-time workers as independent contractors in order to 'cheat' them out of wages and avoid payroll taxes.

"In the Thursday complaint, Racine accuses Shipt of unlawfully denying full-time delivery workers basic employment benefits and protections by wrongfully classifying them as contractors. Specifically, the suit claims that Shipt misrepresents the nature of a delivery driver’s work, suggesting that the worker acts as their 'own boss.'  But in reality, drivers are required to sign up for hourly shifts, and the amount of money they make depends on the number of orders placed within that timeframe. If no orders are placed, drivers don’t turn a profit and could even operate at a loss, Racine argued in the complaint, alleging Shipt’s business model violates DC’s minimum wage laws."