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Target rolls out new price match policy

BY Gina Acosta

MINNEAPOLIS — The competition for retailers selling online just got a lot more intense with a new price-match policy from Target just ahead of the prime holiday shopping season.

Beginning Oct. 1, Target will price-match the websites of 29 major retailers in stores and for purchases from their website.

The new policy expands price-matching beyond the online outlets of local retailers with physical stores. This means that even if a customer lives in a city without a Buy Buy Baby store, for example, the customer can still get the Buy Buy Baby price at their local Target. This is also the first time Target will match online prices from warehouse clubs, such as Costco and Sam’s Club.

“It’s what companies have to do in this new world of retail,” Edward Jones retail analyst Brian Yarbrough told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Pricing has become so transparent over the last few years.”

Target’s new policy is following the lead of Walmart, Best Buy and Staples, all of which match their online prices with online rivals. Target’s new policy also includes a longer time frame of 14 days to get a price adjustment, up from seven days.

Here’s the full list of Target’s new online price-matching retailers: Amazon, Babies ‘R’ Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Buy Buy Baby, Costco, CVS, Diapers.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Drugstore.com, GameStop, JCPenney, Kmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Newegg, Office Depot, Petco, Petsmart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Sports Authority, Staples, Toys ‘R’ Us, Ulta, Walgreens, Walmart, and Wayfair.

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Amazon takes cue from Uber, will pay consumers to deliver packages

BY Dan Berthiaume

SEATTLE — Watch out Uber, Amazon may just steal away your drivers.

The online giant is launching an Uber-like program, called Amazon Flex, which uses on-demand independent contractors to deliver Amazon packages. The service is currently available only in Seattle (and only to members of Amazon’s same-day delivery service Prime Now), but the company  expects to  roll it out  to other cities where Prime Now is offered, including Manhattan, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, and Chicago.

“There is a tremendous population of people who want to work in an on-demand fashion,” Dave Clark, Amazon senior VP of world-wide operations, told the Wall Street Journal. “This is another opportunity for people to work with the company.”

To qualify to deliver packages for Amazon, drivers must provide their own car, own an Android smartphone, and pass a background check. Amazon bills Flex as a way for workers to “be your own boss” by setting the hours they want to work.

“You can work as much or as little as you want,” according to the Amazon site.

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Daily Diversion: Magic with Malala

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Malal Yousafzai is pretty accomplished for an 18-year-old. Yousafzai, who is from Pakistan, is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate — an honor she received at 16 years old after she continued to push for women’s education in her home country and around the world, even after being targeted and shot by the Taliban in 2012 for doing so. In 2013 she published her book, “I Am Malala” and there is a forthcoming documentary about her life called “He Named Me Malala.” 

As it happens, Yousafzai si also a pretty good magician. She performed a card trick for Stephen Colber When plugging her movie on “The Late Show,” the video of which is embedded above. 

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