“Clear difference”: Farmers share what’s driving higher Thanksgiving food costs

“Clear difference”: Farmers share what’s driving higher Thanksgiving food costs

The price to put together a special meal this Thanksgiving holiday may cost you more than you were expecting, as farmers warn of a “dire situation” due to labor shortages, shipping delays and rising inflation costs. From your beloved stuffed turkey down to the sweet side of cranberry sauce, you should expect to pay more….

Zillow is selling thousands of homes in hot markets. What’s that mean for buyers?

Zillow is selling thousands of homes in hot markets. What’s that mean for buyers?

Zillow’s online house-flipping unit has turned into an embarrassing flop, forcing the real estate company to exit the business and dump thousands of its own properties on local real estate markets.  Zillow plans to sell roughly 18,000 homes it already owns or has under contract through its home-flipping business, called Zillow Offers, according a letter to…

Electronics and jewelry top list of products in short supply, survey finds

Electronics and jewelry top list of products in short supply, survey finds

Consumers are already feeling the impact of empty shelves amid the global supply-chain crisis, a new survey from Adobe Digital Insights found. Online shoppers encountered more than 2 billion out-of-stock messages in October, roughly double the same time last year, according to the software maker, which tracks purchasing data.  Electronics, jewelry, apparel, pet supplies and…

Supply chain issues could lead to product shortages and fewer Black Friday discounts — here’s what to buy now

Supply chain issues could lead to product shortages and fewer Black Friday discounts — here’s what to buy now

As the supply chain crisis threatens to disrupt the holiday shopping season, Americans are being urged to buy gifts early and consider less popular items.  November is traditionally one of the best months to find deals, but many hot products are in short supply or more expensive than usual. And while sales might be starting…

Climate change conspiracies are spreading rapidly during UN’s COP26 event

Climate change conspiracies are spreading rapidly during UN’s COP26 event

Conspiracy theories that promote climate-change skepticism and denial spread rapidly across the internet ahead of the United Nation’s ongoing COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Amplified by bots and influencers, a large volume of climate-change denial content spread on social media starting in June, according to researchers at Blackbird.AI. The technology firm’s platform uses machine-learning algorithms…

Inflation jumped 6.2% in October, as shortages and supply-chain issues push prices higher

Inflation jumped 6.2% in October, as shortages and supply-chain issues push prices higher

Inflation accelerated in October, with Americans facing sharply higher consumer prices as they head into the crucial holiday shopping season.  Consumer prices increased 6.2% from the year-ago period, slightly faster than their 5.4% increase the previous month. Core inflation — which strips out volatile food and energy costs — grew 4.6%. Such swift price hikes…

Fourth stimulus check latest: What’s behind the push for recurring payments?

Fourth stimulus check latest: What’s behind the push for recurring payments?

The IRS has issued more than 169 million payments in the third round of direct stimulus aid, with more than 2 million people in July receiving the $1,400 checks. But some lawmakers are pushing for a fourth round of stimulus aid that would effectively send recurring payments until the pandemic ends. So far, the federal…

Starbucks Workers at 3 More Buffalo-area Stores File for Union Elections

Starbucks Workers at 3 More Buffalo-area Stores File for Union Elections

One day before ballots were scheduled to go out to workers at three Buffalo-area Starbucks in a vote on unionization, workers at three other stores in the area filed petitions with federal regulators on Tuesday requesting elections as well. The coming vote is significant because none of the nearly 9,000 corporate-owned Starbucks stores in the…