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February 21, 2020

Will another caucus catastrophe unfold this weekend in Nevada?

Democrats sure hope not, with a Nevada Democratic Party spokesperson telling NBC News that
"we have been working around the clock to ensure that what happened in Iowa will not happen here," also saying the party will be "taking no chances when it comes to reporting."

To that end, Nevada Democrats, NBC reports, have hired a call center with 200 paid operators to take in results on Saturday, with the party spokesperson saying steps like these should "ensure that our precinct chairs and site leads will be able to successfully report results on caucus day." In Iowa, problems arose both due to technical issues with an app and due to clogged phone lines that made it difficult to report results.

In a memo distributed to the 2020 campaigns, the Nevada state party's executive director said that a dedicated phone hotline will be the "primary source of the precinct caucus results," The New York Times reports. Precinct chairs, the memo said, will "call a hotline to securely report their results to a trained operator, will submit via text a photo of their caucus reporting sheet to state party staff through an established MMS reporting hub, and then they will return their caucus reporting sheet and other materials to their Site Lead."

The plan was originally for the Nevada caucus to use an app developed by the same company behind the disastrous Iowa app, but those plans, obviously, were ditched. Still, DNC Chair Tom Perez, who NBC reports will actually be on the ground for the caucus this time, earlier this week couldn't commit to the same-day release of the results, telling The Associated Press, "We're going to do our best to release results as soon as possible, but our North Star, again, is accuracy." Brendan Morrow

June 7, 2019

Walmart is hoping to one-up Amazon in the battle to dominate in-home delivery services — by bringing in groceries.

Starting this fall, Walmart customers in select cities will have the option to have their groceries delivered directly into their fridges after ordering online, The Verge reported on Friday. The company previously tested a similar service, using smarthome accessories to allow users to monitor the delivery. Only 1 in 5 shoppers said they'd be interested in the service, reports CBS News, but Walmart, undeterred, is revamping its test service. While Amazon delivers packages to homes, garages, and trunks, groceries are an untapped market for the two competitors.

Walmart's InHome will use the company's own vehicles and workers equipped with wearable cameras, allowing customers to watch the deliveries remotely. While Walmart employees will be able to enter homes to make deliveries, the retail giant still hasn't revealed how employees will gain access to homes or the exact price of the delivery fees.

Only Walmart workers who've been at the company for at least a year will be qualified to apply for the in-home delivery position and if accepted, they will go through extensive training — from how to pick out the best groceries to how to organize them properly in the fridge, Fox Business reports. Through the new service, employees will also pick up returns for items purchased on Walmart.com.

Walmart InHome will launch this fall and will only be available in three cities: Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida. Marina Pedrosa

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