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•  From the Seattle Times:

"Amazon is locking some laid-off employees out of its offices and their company-issued laptops on Wednesday, about a week after the company started notifying workers that their positions were being cut.

"Amazon told laid-off employees from the division that works on the Alexa virtual assistant to collect their belongings, pack up company-issued laptops and prototypes, and download Amazon’s email and messaging service on their personal devices by 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email viewed by the Seattle Times.

"Amazon began notifying employees they had lost their jobs last Tuesday, the first round in a string of layoffs that Amazon expects will last into 2023 and affect around 10,000 jobs. That number is fluid, as team leaders continue to make decisions, CEO Andy Jassy told employees last week."

•  Rite Aid announced that it is partnering with Grubhub "to deliver thousands of Rite Aid's drugstore products right to customers' doorsteps. More than 2,000 locations in 16 states are available on the Grubhub Marketplace for delivery … Rite Aid is Grubhub's first national drugstore chain partner, and in addition to health and wellness products, customers can order their everyday essentials, from personal care products, beauty and household items, pre-packaged grocery items and more from the Grubhub Marketplace."

"Our partnership with Grubhub is another way that we are offering the convenience and access that our customers want and need to keep them and their families healthy and happy," said Dustin Humphreys, senior vice president of digital and e-commerce at Rite Aid. "We also look forward to expanding our reach to Grubhub's loyal customer base and becoming a go-to option for their everyday health and wellness needs."