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👩‍💻US Labor Shortage, 🐥Chicken Sandwich Wars & More

What industries are impacting the US labor shortage the most? What is this chicken sandwich thing really all about? Taco Bell launched what? This week’s Shiftonomics highlights the answers to these questions and more -- including how much employee health benefits are expected to rise and how Target’s new announcement heats up grocery competition. Check it out!

📉The US labor shortage, explained
🐓Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's? Vote on your pick
📈Employee health benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020, new survey says
🥕Target will take a bite out of its grocery competition with Good & Gather, experts say
🌮🎒Taco Bell Unveils Back to School Collection

📉The US labor shortage, explained | via Vox
Vox’s Alexia Fernández Campbell dives into the US labor shortage and the industries that the tight labor market is impacting most.

  • The hardest-to-find workers are no longer computer engineers. They are home health care aides, restaurant workers, and hotel staff.
  • Low-skilled workers have the most leverage in the current labor market.

🐓Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's? Vote on your pick for the best fast food chicken sandwich | via USA Today
Who knew a tweet and a sandwich could start such an uproar? USA Today’s Brett Molina recaps the Great Chicken Sandwich War of 2019 began and a bracket for you to vote for your fave chickwich:

  • On Aug. 12, Popeyes added a new chicken sandwich to its nationwide menu, spanning more than 3,000 restaurants across the country.
  • The sandwich sparked a social media frenzy, with fans of the Popeyes sandwich declaring it the best in the land, ruffling the feathers of fast-food rivals including Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s.

📈Employee health benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020, new survey says | via CNBC
CNBC’s Bertha Coombs reports on the new National Business Group on Health annual survey of nearly 150 of the nation’s largest employers, which finds that benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020.

  • The total cost of worker health benefits is expected to top $15,000 per employee in 2020, according to a survey of nearly 150 of the nation’s largest employers.
  • Large employers are embracing some of the ideas being debated in Washington, such as passing drug price discounts directly on to workers.

🥕Target will take a bite out of its grocery competition with Good & Gather, experts say | via MarketWatch
MarketWatch’s Tonya Garcia interviews experts about Target’s new focus on grocery and how the launch of food label Good & Gather will be a traffic driver that helps the retailer take a bigger chunk of the food business.

  • Good & Gather will be available Sept. 15 and be comprised of more than 2,000 products by the end of 2020.
  • By the end of 2019, Target will have more than 25 owned brands, spanning across fashion, home goods and more.

🌮🎒Taco Bell Unveils Back to School Collection | via Food & Wine
Following the success of Taco Bell’s pop-up hotel and summer clothing line, Food & Wine’s Mike Pomranz reports on the chain’s continued push into experiential and lifestyle offerings with the launch of back to school products.

  • Taco Bell has followed up its summer clothing line with an all-new Back to School collection in its online Taco Shop.
  • Collection features 19 items ranging from Sauce Packet Pencils to Numero Uno Hoodies.