Technology is empowering businesses and entrepreneurs with e-commerce solutions that help them reach new customers, lower prices, and make a difference in local communities. In this week’s Tech At Work, learn how technology is helping shoppers find what they’re looking for and businesses grow and thrive this holiday season.

Visa Announces Program with The Salvation Army to Make Donations Contactless This Holiday

Visa announced a pilot program to make donations contactless at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles this holiday season.  Shoppers will be able to give back by simply tapping their contactless card, phone, or watch on devices, the same way they do in stores.  Nearly 2,000 Salvation Army Red Kettle stations across the country will be able to accept contactless donations.

Instacart Making Online Groceries More Affordable This Holiday Season

Instacart announced new features that will help make grocery shopping more affordable during the holidays and into the new year.  The new features include reduced costs and free delivery, a new Deals Tab with hundreds of thousands of deals and coupons, five percent credit back on express pickup orders for Express members, and a new Dollar Store Hub, featuring deals and savings from more than 20,000 stores nationwide.

PayPal: Five Tips for Merchants to Thrive During the Holidays

PayPal is out with valuable tips to help businesses create a better experience for holiday shoppers this year.  PayPal encourages early shopping, expanding reach and capturing customers where they’re going to be, creating memorable moments, making checkout frictionless, and thinking beyond customers, including acknowledging and recognizing contributions from employees.

Grubhub Helping Restaurants Serve More Neighborhoods This Holiday

Grubhub is expanding the delivery ranges for restaurants that manage their own deliveries, helping businesses reach more customers beginning this holiday season.  Grubhub’s Supplemental Delivery will help restaurants reach more diners without adding strain to their existing drivers.  Orders placed outside of a restaurant’s existing delivery boundary will now be delivered by Grubhub drivers, allowing restaurants to more than double the diners they’re able to serve.

Shipt Introduces Inaugural Thanksgiving Most Forgotten List

Shipt has introduced its inaugural Thanksgiving Most Forgotten List to help shoppers save time and stress this Thanksgiving.  The most forgotten items each year include cranberries, spices such as thyme, and napkins.  The items shoppers wait until the last minute to purchase include sweet rolls and cream cheese, according to the survey.

Amazon Taking Several Steps to Alleviate Supply Chain Concerns

Google Encourages Users to Stay Safe While Shopping Online

eBay Helping Customers Navigate the “Hard to Find” Holiday Season

DoorDash Introduces a New Way to Shop for Local Favorites from Anywhere This Holiday

Comcast’s NBCUniversal Launches Livestream Shopping

What’s New in Tech

GM Celebrates the Grand Opening of Factory Zero

GM welcomed President Biden to the grand opening of its new electric vehicle manufacturing plant: Factory Zero. Factory Zero confirms GM’s commitment to an all-electric future and the plant will manufacture all-electric trucks and SUVs. The name Factory ZERO reflects the significant role the facility plays in advancing GM’s vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.

What We’re Saying

Tech, Business Associations Offer Recommendations to the U.S. Commerce Department on Semiconductor Supply Chain Request for Information

TechNet Commends Introduction of the Control Our Data Act, Urges Passage of a National Privacy Law

Tech Groups Urge U.S. Government to Protect Its Access to Cutting-Edge Technologies

TechNet Joins Other Organizations in Support of the Visa-Related Immigration Provisions Included in the Reconciliation Bill

Before You Start Your Weekend

Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Meta, explains his vision for the metaverse and the technology that is defining the next platform and medium of social interaction. Meta believes that the metaverse will become the successor to the mobile internet, unleashing a new creative economy that will spur entrepreneurship, innovation, and imagination.