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Bezos 'Happy to Lose' Customers Angered by Black Lives Matter

CEO shares 'sickening' response to company's stance

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos says he's received some "sickening but not surprising" messages from customers since he stated his support for the Black Lives Matter movement— but he's not worried about losing their business. On Instagram , the Amazon CEO shared a message from irate customer "Dave," redacting... More »

He Got a Job in Amazon's Hiring Spree, Died 2 Weeks Later

Fellow workers weren't told about COVID-19 infection

(Newser) - A 63-year-old California man offered a position at an Amazon delivery center during the company's March hiring spree saw it as a chance to earn some money and avoid dipping into his savings. He died from the coronavirus two weeks after he started work. Family members say Walnut resident... More »

Female CEOs Just Made a Record Fortune 500 List

37 of the companies in the annual ranking are run by women—a record high

(Newser) - This year's Fortune 500 list is out, and the top 10 companies are the same ones that made it in 2019, with Walmart in the No. 1 spot for the eighth year in a row. The real story attracting buzz, though, is that 37 of the companies are led... More »

VP Who Quit Amazon in Protest Is Getting Job Offers

Tim Bray says he's heard from rival tech firms

(Newser) - Former Amazon vice president Tim Bray resigned to protest the company's treatment of workers and, in a widely read blog post , called the company "chickens---" for firing whistleblowers worried about working conditions during the pandemic. It doesn't seem to have scared off other employers. Bray, a widely... More »

Amazon VP Quits Over Treatment of Workers

'I choose neither to serve nor drink that poison'

(Newser) - An Amazon vice president says he is quitting in solidarity with worried warehouse workers fired for seeking improved safety measures during the pandemic. In a blog post , Tim Bray described the company's actions as "chickenshit" and "designed to create a climate of fear." Bray, a prominent... More »

House Panel Demands Bezos Himself Come Testify

Judiciary Committee investigating whether Amazon is cheating its own sellers

(Newser) - A recent Wall Street Journal investigation discovered workers had used proprietary data from independent sellers on the site to boost its own competing products, and that probe has now spurred a call to Jeff Bezos himself to appear on Capitol Hill. The Journal reports that the company's... More »

Report: Treasury Looking at 'Unprecedented' Control of USPS

'WaPo': Administration may use $10B loan as leverage for more sway over Postal Service

(Newser) - As part of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief effort, Congress has authorized the Treasury Department to extend an emergency $10 billion loan to the struggling US Postal Service. But now the Trump administration is reportedly mulling tacking on conditions to that loan that would put some aspects of the... More »

Amazon Puts a Halt to Its Operations in France

After a French court blocked company from selling, shipping non-essential items

(Newser) - Amazon said Wednesday it will "temporarily" suspend all activity in France, one day after a French court ruled it wasn't doing enough to protect its workers in the country amid the pandemic. The online giant, which has six warehouses in France, said in a statement that "this... More »

Jeff Bezos' Fortune Takes Big Jump Thanks to COVID-19

Crisis has given Amazon shares a big boost

(Newser) - The world's richest man is having a good 2020. Amazon's share price surged 5.3% to a new high on Tuesday, getting a boost from increased demand for online shopping amid the coronavirus crisis. Where that leaves Jeff Bezos' fortune: up $24 billion in 2020, the BBC reports.... More »

Amazon Reverses Decision on 'Nonessentials'

Third-party sellers can start shipping them to Amazon warehouses again

(Newser) - Nearly a month ago, Amazon stopped accepting shipments of nonessential items from third-party sellers at its warehouses as it chose to focus on items deemed essential for shoppers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now it's reversing course. Third-party sellers, who account for 58% of Amazon's sales and who were... More »

Amazon Pulls Plug on Amazon Shipping

Amazon Shipping, competitor to UPS and FedEx, suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - Because of the coronavirus, Amazon is dealing with so many delivery orders right now that it just decided to rob its own Peter to pay Paul. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that, starting in June, the e-commerce giant will halt Amazon Shipping, a fledgling service available in just a... More »

Author: I Saw Mrs. Maisel, Knew I'd Been Ripped Off

Jodi Parmley sues, says Amazon Studios must've lifted ideas from screenplay based on her book

(Newser) - It's clear that Amazon Studios has a hit on their hands with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, starring Rachel Brosnahan as title character Midge Maisel, along with Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, and other colorful cast members. Jodi Parmley especially recognizes that fact—and she wants a piece of it, because... More »

Now Walking Out: Grocery, Delivery Workers

Workers at Instacart, Amazon, Whole Foods want hazard pay, protective gear, sick time

(Newser) - Grocery and delivery workers are doing some of the most potentially dangerous jobs in America during the coronavirus outbreak and they are demanding better pay and protection. Amazon workers at a New York City warehouse walked off the job Monday and Instacart workers held strikes nationwide, reports the San Diego ... More »

Amazon UK Finally Drops Hitler

'Mein Kampf' is still sold on the US site

(Newser) - Amazon UK has told vendors that books of Nazi propaganda, including Adolf Hitler's 1925 manifesto and children's publications designed to instill anti-Semitism, will no longer be sold through the site. Jewish groups and Holocaust education organizations have asked Amazon to remove the books since the late 1990s, the... More »

Amazon Asks Laid-Off Workers to Help Fill 100K New Jobs

Orders are surging during coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - A jump in orders since the new coronavirus hit the US has created a need at Amazon for more employees. So the company announced Monday that it's hiring 100,000 new full- and part-time delivery and warehouse workers, CNBC reports. In addition, Amazon said it will raise the pay... More »

One of Amazon's Seattle Employees Has Coronavirus

Worker reportedly went home feeling sick on Feb. 25

(Newser) - The nine Americans who've died from COVID-19 have been in Washington state, and the spotlight is intensifying on the state with the news that an Amazon worker has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal reports the employee is one of 55,000 people who work... More »

First-of-Its-Kind Amazon Store Is Missing One Key Thing

You won't find cashiers at the Amazon Go Grocery store opening in Seattle

(Newser) - Tuesday's likely to be a big day in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, where Reuters reports that the first Amazon Go Grocery store is opening, with just one thing missing: cashiers. Customers simply walk into the 10,400-square-foot site—smaller than the 40,000 square feet or so found... More »

Effort to 'Save Earth' Starts With a $10B Bezos Check

Under pressure, Amazon founder says he'll fund grants for scientists and nonprofits

(Newser) - Saying he wants to "preserve and protect the natural world," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos kicked off the Bezos Earth Fund with an Instagram post Monday. "I'm committing $10 billion to start," he wrote, saying he wants to work with scientists, nonprofits and activists to fight... More »

Bezos Gets an Earful on Brief Visit to India

Government officials and small business blast Amazon and Post

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' surprise trip to India may not have gone quite the way he expected. He arrived to government criticism of Washington Post coverage, the launching of an antitrust investigation of Amazon, and protests from small-business owners—despite his announcement that his company was investing $1 billion to help neighborhood... More »

Amazon to File for Restraining Order in Microsoft-DOD Deal

Former says latter was only awarded $10B contract after 'behind-the-scenes attacks' from Trump

(Newser) - Amazon has long been suspicious that it lost out to Microsoft on a lucrative $10 billion cloud computing deal with the US military only because of President Trump's intervention, and now Jeff Bezos' behemoth has taken its latest step to stymie the latter from proceeding with that project. CNN... More »

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