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Bear Spray Incident Sends Amazon Workers to Hospital

9-ounce bottle of spray was accidentally punctured

(Newser) - Amazon sells everything, including bear spray, a fact that made for a pretty rough workday for some employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, NJ. ABC News reports bear repellent spray was accidentally released on the third floor of the 1.3 million-square foot facility, sending 24 workers to... More »

Reason It's Hard to Quit Amazon Is Pretty Simple

'Shopping is labor,' which is easy to forget, writes blogger

(Newser) - In a piece at Slate , Shannon Palus takes note of two things about Amazon: A staggering 100 million people or so have Prime subscriptions, and yet more people seem to be canceling their subscriptions in protest. The reason for the latter, as spelled out in Vox , is an apparent rising... More »

Bezos: 'One Day, Amazon Will Fail,' Go Bankrupt

But it's workers' responsibility to 'delay' that demise as long as possible, CEO said

(Newser) - As Amazon prepares to branch out with new headquarters sites in two cities , some employees are concerned what this expansion, and the company's size overall, could ultimately mean for the retailing giant. Their CEO's words on the matter may not be entirely reassuring. "I predict one day... More »

Amazon Makes Its Picks, and a Young Politician Isn't Pleased

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks NYC gave away too much to lure the company

(Newser) - The insiders were correct : Amazon announced Tuesday that its new second headquarters will be split between a site in Queens and another in Crystal City, northern Virginia. Each will have about 25,000 employees. Nashville, meanwhile, will get an "operations center of excellence" with about 5,000 workers, reports... More »

Amazon's 2 Winning Cities Will Get 25K Jobs Each

They will be in Virginia and NYC, sources say

(Newser) - Disappointment for Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and most of the other cities and regions on Amazon's shortlist : Sources tell the Wall Street Journal and other outlets that the company has picked sites in Northern Virginia and New York City for its "second headquarters." The Journal's sources... More »

Saudis' Amazon Boycott Shows Signs of 'Coordination'

Similar language found among 8K tweets mentioning boycott

(Newser) - Amazon can expect to send fewer packages to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Thousands of social media users in the country are urging a boycott of Amazon.com and Dubai-based subsidiary Souq.com over coverage of the writer's killing published by the Washington Post,... More »

Amazon Will Put New HQ in 2 Cities: Sources

Each 'co-headquarter' will have 25K workers, insiders say

(Newser) - After more than a year of searching—and a fierce bidding war among cities across America and Canada—Amazon has decided to abandon plans to build a second headquarters that would be the "full equal" of its Seattle base, insiders say. Instead, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , the... More »

Amazon Offers a New Perk on Shipping

All customers can get it free for a while, with no minimum purchase

(Newser) - Amazon made another aggressive move against rivals Monday in the quest for online shoppers. The company is temporarily offering free shipping to all customers—Prime or no—on all purchases, reports USA Today . It's the first time Amazon has made such an offer without a minimum order requirement. In... More »

News Leaks About Amazon HQ Pick, and an Exec Is Not Happy

Company official disses 'genius' talking about Crystal City, Virginia, as front-runner

(Newser) - The Washington Post thinks it might have figured out where Amazon will locate its second headquarters : Crystal City, Virginia. The locale is in the DC metro area, and the newspaper reports that Amazon and local officials are in "advanced discussions" about the company setting up shop there with an... More »

The Power Went Out at an Amazon Center. Then It Got 'Crazy'

2 dead after warehouse partially collapses in Baltimore

(Newser) - "The power shut off. It was just crazy inside. It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere." That's how an Amazon employee describes to WBAL what happened Friday night at one of the company's fulfillment centers in southeast Baltimore after the building partially collapsed. A 50-foot-by-50-foot... More »

Company Yanks Costume With Controversial 'Dead' Name

Costume Agent's get-up was a sendup of Caitlyn Jenner—adding 'Bruce' didn't help

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly did a segment on controversial Halloween costumes earlier this week that got her into a bit of trouble , but there was one get-up she didn't cover. A first glance at the fake Olympic decathlete jersey, running shorts, and gold medals from vendor Costume Agent doesn't reveal... More »

Amazon to Boost Pay for Longtime Workers

The move comes after backlash over cutting bonuses

(Newser) - Amazon, facing a backlash from longtime warehouse employees who say its $15 hourly minimum wage wouldn't benefit them, will provide a bigger raise to those workers, the AP reports. The company said Wednesday that some adjustments are being made this week, and workers who already made $15 an hour... More »

'Made in China' May Have High-Tech Spying Implications

Bloomberg reports Beijing implants tiny devices in electronics destined for US

(Newser) - Beijing seems to have figured out a relatively simple way to spy on government contractors and some of the biggest businesses in the US: Implant tiny microchips in the tons of electronic equipment being assembled in China and destined for America. A story by Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the US... More »

Amazon Makes a Big Move on Minimum Wage

Raises it to $15 for all workers, will push for hike in federal minimum

(Newser) - Amazon is raising its minimum wage for all employees to $15, a bump that could have implications throughout the US workforce. The raise, effective at the start of next month, will cover 250,000 workers and 100,000 seasonal employees, reports the Wall Street Journal . The company has been under... More »

Alexa Will Microwave Your Potato Now

Amazon seeks to integrate Alexa into more household products

(Newser) - Running out of things to do with Alexa? Don't despair. Soon, you'll be able to tell your Amazon personal assistant to heat a mug of water, defrost a chicken, or prepare some popcorn. It's all thanks to the new AmazonBasics microwave that connects to Amazon's Echo... More »

Amazon: Workers Taking Bribes From Desperate Sellers

Amazon employees, mainly in China, are offering data in exchange for money, sources say

(Newser) - To best hawk a product on Amazon, third-party sellers hope for a coveted spot on the site's first page of search results, a ranking that's boosted by positive reviews. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal those rankings could be affected by "illicit transactions" between sellers and Amazon... More »

Jeff Bezos Is Making a $2B Philanthropic Move

The money will go to help homeless families and establish free preschools

(Newser) - Some 15 months ago, the richest person on Earth asked, via Twitter, for suggestions about how he can share the wealth. On Thursday, Jeff Bezos of Amazon tweeted his plan to commit $2 billion to what he's calling the Bezos Day One Fund, CNBC reports. The money will be... More »

Bernie Just Named a Bill After Jeff Bezos. Bezos Won't Like It

Stop BEZOS Act would push companies like Amazon to pay workers a living wage

(Newser) - There's no more subtlety in Bernie Sanders' row with Amazon, a company he's faulted for poor working conditions and pay. In a specific dig at CEO Jeff Bezos, the independent Vermont senator on Wednesday introduced the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (Stop BEZOS) Act, which would... More »

Those City Pitches to Amazon? Even City Officials Are Clueless

Pitches often came from public-private groups whose incentive proposals remain a secret

(Newser) - Amazon has narrowed the list of cities vying for its second headquarters to 20, and the New York Times reports on an interesting part of the competition: The cities' top-secret bids are often top-secret even to officials of those very cities. In Indianapolis, for example, a city council member says... More »

Bezos' Parents Invested $245K, Could Be Mindbogglingly Rich

Bloomberg does the very favorable math

(Newser) - Some parents buy extra boxes of Girl Scout cookies to support their kiddos. Jackie and Mike Bezos did just a bit more than that for their son (stepson, in Mike's case), and it has possibly made them billionaires many times over. Bloomberg takes a look at what it says... More »

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