Target giving $500 bonuses to its employees for working during COVID-19 pandemic
Logo is visible on facade at Target retail store under dramatic sky in San Ramon, California, May 30, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)HOUSTON – Frontline workers at Target will soon see a bit of a pay bump during the early months of 2021. As a thank-you to its employees, Target plans to give out $500 bonuses to all employees in retail stores, distribution centers, field offices and headquarters, the company said in a news release. Store managers, directors, distribution center leaders and executive team leaders will receive a bonus between $1,000 to $2,000. Target also announced more coronavirus benefits for those working during the pandemic will be extended throughout 2021.
Go Easy, self-care boutique, opening in the Heights this summer
Go Easy, a self-care shop, is making its Houston debut with a new location in The Heights. HOUSTON – A self-care shop is making its Houston debut with a new location in The Heights. “Go Easy is thrilled to bring our unique brand of self-care to Houston. We are so glad we found a home at the MKT development,” said owner Molly Mathias. Go Easy is opening at the M-K-T development at 600 North Shepherd Drive, which is focused on health and wellness programming for women.
The last Sears in the Houston area is closing permanently
HOUSTON – The Houston area will no longer have a Sears location after this weekend. A KPRC 2 viewer pointed out the Sears location at Macroplaza Mall in Pasadena, formerly known as Pasadena Town Square, is set to close this Sunday, with yellow “store closing” signs posted all over. By the start of 2021, fewer than 100 Sears and KMart stores remain in the U.S., Forbes reported. The Pasadena store is still listed on the Sears website with hours listed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Only Sears Appliance Repair flagship stores remain in the Houston area, including ones on North Shepherd and Westheimer.
Texas begins relaxing COVID-19 restrictions including opening restaurants, offices at 75% capacity
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas on Monday began relaxing some coronavirus restrictions, including allowing restaurants to let more people inside. Under the new orders, restaurants and retail shops that until now have only been allowed to operate at half capacity were allowed to open up to 75% starting Monday in most of the state. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Monday reported 1,742 new coronavirus cases and 24 more deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Health officials say there have been 698,387 reported cases in Texas so far. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
Torchy’s Tacos’ Green Chile Queso available at a Houston Whole Foods near you
HOUSTON – Just in “queso” want to know, Torcy’s Tacos' award-winning Green Chile Queso will now be available to grab at select Whole Foods in the Houston area. The Austin-based restaurant’s signature Diablo Sauce will be also available to purchase in stores. The Green Chile Queso will cost approximately $7.99 for an 11.5-ounce jar, which can be found in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. The Diablo Sauce will cost approximately $9.99 for a 6.7-ounce bottle, which will be located in the hot sauce aisle. “In those early days, our Green Chile Queso became our calling card – when guests would try our tacos and queso, we’d often hear, ‘That’s damn good!’ It’s been a fan favorite ever since.
Whataburger has launched a pawsome new pet set thats perfect for your furry friends
HOUSTON In celebration of National Dog Day, Whataburger launched a new pet set on its online shop. The pet set includes an orange and white food and water bowl, Whataburger collar and matching leash. Whataburger has launched a pet collection and is selling a pet set with a collar, a leash and two bowls. (Whataburger)Whataburger has launched a pet collection and is selling a pet set with a collar, a leash and two bowls. (Whataburger)Whataburger has launched a pet collection and is selling a pet set with a collar, a leash and two bowls.
Hertz selling 182K trucks and SUVS under market value after filing for bankruptcy due to coronavirus pandemic
HOUSTON – The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on car rental companies, including one that plans to sell a fleet of cars to try and stay afloat amid the economic slowdown. Car rental company Hertz has begun selling its fleet of cars more than 10% below market value after filing for bankruptcy. According to CNN Business, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the sharp decline in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Several cars, such as the 2018 Nissan Sentra, are being sold for $10,395, almost 12% below market value. Those interested in purchasing from Hertz can shop online and have the vehicle delivered within a 75-mile radius.
SCAM ALERT: Amazon sellers use your info, send packages you didn’t order to boost ratings
It was all funny…He was like, ‘No I didn’t order it.’ It was weird that it came in his name,” Lowe said. “Come to find out we didn’t order it. These cans of air that you use to clean a computer, and I know I didn’t order that,” she said. “I go into my order history and there’s an order for 22 items that I would never order, ever. Napoliello said if you’ve received items you didn’t order, first go in and check your account history to verify if you actually were charged for the items.
You can now buy at-home COVID-19 test kits at Randalls pharmacies in the Houston area
HOUSTON – For those who have had trouble getting tested, you can now get at-home coronavirus testing kits at Randalls pharmacies in the Houston and Austin metro areas. Randalls, in partnership with Phosphorus Diagnostics, will provide at-home coronavirus test kits that test a person’s saliva. The company says patients can typically expect their results back within 72 hours or less from the time the lab receives the test. They must send a representative or choose the home delivery option. Customers are asked to call any local Randalls pharmacy for additional information.
Time for a career change? Transportation experiencing strong job growth in Houston
Houston's transportation industry is experiencing strong job growth. Dewey & Son. Dewey & Son, the company has been "serving the oil industry for over 50 years with an excellent reputation in productivity and reliability." Jobs posted by CSAT Solutions in the past month in Houston included warehouse workers and material handlers, while Floor & Decor was hiring warehouse workers, and W.M. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Time for a career change? Health care experiencing strong job growth in Houston
Houston's health care industry is experiencing strong job growth. The health care industry also came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 250 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. Top companies hiring locally in health care include Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, Team1Medical and Circle of Care Therapy. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Industry spotlight: Insurance companies hiring big in Houston
Houston's insurance industry is experiencing strong job growth. The insurance industry also came in first in terms of local employers adding new jobs. One of the top employers hiring locally in insurance is Creative Financial Staffing (CFS). Other top companies seeking local hires in the industry include Mile High Adjusters Houston Inc and Symmetry Financial Group. Jobs posted by Creative Financial Staffing (CFS) in the past month in Houston included managers, accountants and controllers.
Hot job skills: Managers in demand in Houston
Houston is seeing strong demand for managers' skills. Employers in the industry posted 174 new jobs over the past week, and 636 in the last month, more than for any other job category in the area, according to ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace. Top companies seeking local managers include Jack in the Box, Planet Fitness Houston and bellagreen. Jobs posted by Jack in the Box in the past month in the area also included restaurant managers and team leaders, while Planet Fitness Houston was hiring member services representatives, and bellagreen sought servers, cooks and drivers. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Hiring for sales representatives is on the rise in Houston
Houston is seeing strong demand for sales representatives' skills. Local sales representative also came in second in terms of local employers adding new jobs by occupation. Top companies seeking local sales representatives include Ritmo Latino Wireless, The ABN Financial Group and State Farm. Jobs posted by Ritmo Latino Wireless in the past month in the area also included managers, sales associates and store managers, while State Farm sought customer service representatives. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Industry to watch: Health care experiencing strong job growth in Houston
Houston's health care industry is experiencing strong job growth. The health care industry also came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 352 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. Top companies hiring locally in health care include Houston Methodist, Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Texas AG sues Harris County egg producer for alleged price gouging during coronavirus pandemic
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Thursday in a Harris County court claiming that Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the largest producer of eggs in the country, is price gouging, according to a press release. "The domestic egg market is intensely competitive and highly volatile," Eller said. "For decades, we have priced most of our sales off an independent, third-party market quote published by Urner Barry Publications, Inc. We have no control over this market quote and it fluctuates wildly from week to week and sometimes day to day. We have been consistent in our pricing practices whether we sell at a profit or at a loss." Penalties for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act include fines of up to $10,000 per violation, plus an additional $250,000 if elderly consumers were affected.
Next week, retail businesses in Texas can start offering pick-up services. Here’s how that will work.
Gregg Abbott announced the start of the state’s reopening of Texas plan on Friday, which includes allowing retail businesses to provide to-go services. Retail stores are allowed to reopen for business on April 24 though they may only provide pick-up services. • Purchased items should be delivered by an employee or third party carrier and delivered to the customer’s doorstep. Guidelines for employees• All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. • Upon entering the business, employees must wash or sanitize hands.
Hot job skills: Sales representatives in demand in Houston
Houston is seeing strong demand for sales representatives' skills. Local sales representative also came in second in terms of local employers adding new jobs by occupation. Top companies seeking local sales representatives include Ritmo Latino Wireless, JM Hunter Group and Mortgage Protection Center. Jobs posted by Ritmo Latino Wireless in the past month in the area also included sales associates, managers and store managers, while JM Hunter Group was hiring sales managers and managers. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
H-E-B says it will deliver 75,000 meals to health care workers at hospitals in Texas
SAN ANTONIO – H-E-B plans to deliver 75,000 chef-inspired meals to hospitals across Texas for health care workers battling the frontlines of COVID-19. The meals will be delivered starting Friday, a news release said. In San Antonio, H-E-B will start at 9 a.m. Friday by delivering meals to “hundreds” of health care workers at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in the Medical Center, the release said. “In total, H-E-B will deliver more than 75,000 H-E-B Meal Simple meals to hospitals across Texas.”Doctors, nurses and other health care workers, including those in the emergency room providing care for COVID-19 patients, will be invited to enjoy the meals. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.
Are you a first responder? You can cut the line at Costco
(CNN) – Costco is giving first responders and healthcare workers priority admittance into their warehouses. The company recently started limiting the number of people into each store. Since then, Costco customers had to wait in long lines to get in. Beginning Wednesday, first responders such as police officers, paramedics and firefighters in addition to healthcare workers that are members can cut the line with proof of identification. Other changes include earlier closing times and limiting the number of guests a member can bring in to two people.
H-E-B to provide masks, gloves to employees starting Saturday
SAN ANTONIO – H-E-B will provide its employees with masks and gloves starting Saturday and store officials are “strongly encouraging” employees to wear them while at work during the current COVID-19 outbreak. A statement from the company said while they understand the use of masks does not fully prevent the transmission of COVID-19, they will start providing them to make sure their employees feel comfortable. “As an essential service provider at this time, masks and gloves are just another safeguard we’ve implemented across our company to protect the health and safety of our Partners, customers and communities,” said Martin Otto, H-E-B chief operating officer. “We are here for all Texans and we take our role to protect public safety seriously.”Employees who wear the provided masks and gloves must still follow the hygiene, sanitation and social distancing protocols that are in place at the stores, H-E-B officials said. H-E-B officials said they would provide the masks as long as they could maintain supply.
Houston industry spotlight: Health care hiring going strong
In the past month, 508 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. Top companies hiring locally in health care include Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, Team1Medical and Team1Medical Staffing. According to a recent job opening posted by Team1Medical Staffing, "Team1Medical, a division of ExecuTeam Staffing, is one of the most trusted medical staffing agencies in Houston, Texas." Jobs posted by Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care in the past month in Houston included registered nurses, supervisors and physical therapists, while Team1Medical was hiring registered nurses, technicians and medical assistants, and Team1Medical Staffing sought registered nurses, technicians and medical assistants. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Starbucks is giving out free coffee to frontline health care workers
(CNN) – Frontline workers in the health care industry who are responding to the coronavirus can get a free tall brewed or iced coffee at Starbucks. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and researchers can get a free beverage in stores until May 3, the company said. For the next two weeks, however, the free cup could be more difficult than usual to get as the company has closed a number of its US and Canada cafes because of the pandemic. It's temporarily only offering drive-thru and delivery only. However, some locations within or nearby hospitals remain open.
Houston industry spotlight: Tech hiring going strong
Houston's tech industry is experiencing strong job growth. Local employers posted 954 new jobs over the past week and 3,802 in the last month, more than any other local industry, according to ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace. The tech sector also came in first in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 685 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Hot job skills: Customer service representatives in demand in Houston
Hiring for customer service representatives in Houston is going strong. One of the top employers seeking local customer service representatives is Blue Label Concepts(BLC). "Old meets the new, as we mix both traditional marketing and sales approaches with new techniques that put us ahead of the competition. BLC is set apart by our outstanding team and strong relationships built with our clients," according to one of the company's recently posted job openings. Other top companies seeking local hires in the same category include Integrated Marketing.
This H-E-B hack gets you free warm tortillas
Tortillas being made at an H-E-B bakery. SAN ANTONIO – It is a known fact that tortillas are delicious and, lucky for Texans, H-E-B has some of the best tortillas out there. Bon Appetit recently wrote a feature entirely about H-E-B tortillas calling them “the best supermarket-brand tortilla out there," and for good reason. KSAT reached out to H-E-B and a spokesperson confirmed “stores frequently provide samples for a variety of products, including tortillas from our bakery.”Even more good news? In regard to the tortillas, the spokesperson told KSAT, “We are pretty good at predicting sales and demand so this product rarely has excess on a daily basis.
Houston industry spotlight: Sales hiring going strong
Houston's sales industry is experiencing strong job growth. The sales industry also came in fourth in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 287 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. Top companies hiring locally in sales and business development include Fitness Connection, AllSearch Professional Staffing and Gillman Automotive Group. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Industry to watch: Software experiencing strong job growth in Houston
Houston's software industry is experiencing strong job growth. Local employers posted 288 new jobs over the past week and 830 in the last month, ranking second among local industries, according to ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace. The software industry also came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 116 companies listed open jobs for Houston-based workers in that area. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Shoppers, retailers get psyched for Cyber Monday
Retail stores saw less foot traffic on Black Friday, which may mean they prefer to shop from the comfort of their own homes on Cyber Monday. Retail & Financial Journalist Vera Gibbons joined CBSN to talk about this year's digital doorbusters.cbsnews.com