• The San Jose Mercury News reports that beginning today, Walmart is launching "its first ever online Vinyl Mania Week … with exclusive and limited editions of vinyl records for fans."
According to the story, "The five-day event on Walmart.com/vinyl-records, will include color vinyl discs from artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Johnny Cash, Halsey, Post Malone, Keith Urban, KISS, Frank Sinatra and John Denver.
"More than 150 titles - ranging from pop, soul and rock to country, folk and jazz - will be available, with new selections popping up each day."
The Mercury News notes that "vinyl record sales have grown steadily for the past 15 years. In 2020, 27.5 million LPs (albums) were sold in the U.S., a 46% increase from 2019, and a more than 30-fold increase from 2006 when the vinyl comeback began, Statistica reported."
• Bloomberg reports that an Amazon "warehouse worker died Thursday after collapsing at a company facility in Bessemer, Alabama, that was the site of an effort earlier this year to unionize the workforce … The worker was taken to a hospital after being found in the bathroom of the warehouse, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to discuss the situation."
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of our team, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” Amazon said Friday in an emailed statement.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) currently is challenging the unionization vote that went against it in March.