About 100,000 orders a day go through Wayfair’s online US furniture site, for everything from sofa beds to accent pillows. One of them prompted staff to walk off the job last week, in a protest that should make executives everywhere nervous.

When employees were tipped off that the Boston-based e-commerce group had sold $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to a government contractor called BCFS, their reaction spread quickly from Slack messages to the streets.

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