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Nearly 2K Whole Foods Workers May Lose Benefits

Employees will have to work 30 hours for health care coverage

(Newser) - Whole Foods, the grocery chain owned by Amazon, is cutting health care benefits for its part-time workers, a move that could leave about 1,900 of its employees without medical coverage. Starting next year, Whole Foods employees have to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for its... More »

FedEx Cuts Ties With Amazon

It will no longer make ground deliveries, had already terminated air deliveries

(Newser) - FedEx is severing ties with Amazon as the online retailer builds out its own delivery fleet and becomes more of a threat, the AP reports. The announcement Wednesday that FedEx would no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon comes two months after the delivery company said it was terminating its... More »

Dirt-Filled Boxes Enable $370K Amazon Scam: Report

James Gilbert Kwarteng is accused of sending the online retailer returns in dirt-filled boxes

(Newser) - Talk about audacious: A man in Spain is accused of scamming Amazon out of $370,000 by returning items in dirt-filled boxes, Fox Business reports. According to Spanish newspapers, 22-year-old James Gilbert Kwarteng weighed the refilled boxes to match the product weight and received his refunds. The boxes apparently went... More »

FBI Says Amazon Drivers Stole Goods as Part of Massive Theft Ring

FBI busts theft ring in Washington state after millions of dollars' worth of sales

(Newser) - The FBI says a theft ring in Washington state sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen goods on Amazon.com in the past six years, and a pair of Amazon delivery drivers was involved. According to a search warrant affidavit reviewed by the AP , two storefront businesses posing as pawn... More »

Buy a Home This Way, Get Up to $5K From Amazon

In the form of Amazon goods, services

(Newser) - You can buy almost anything on Amazon, except maybe a new house ... right? Well, now you sort of can, thanks to the company's new partnership with Realogy, the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the US. Alongside Amazon, Realogy, which owns such well-known brands as Century 21 and... More »

Apparent Prime Day Pricing Error May Cost Amazon

Site had cameras that retail for thousands listed at $94.48

(Newser) - Whoops: Amazon, apparently in error, priced a bunch of very expensive camera gear for $94.48 on Prime Day—and is honoring at least some of the sales. First, someone noticed a camera normally priced at $548 was listed for $94.48 and submitted the deal to Slickdeals . It made... More »

Amazon Workers in Minnesota Stop Work on Prime Day

4-hour strike action at fulfillment center part of a push for better work conditions

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Day is well underway , and this year amid the bargains comes a work stoppage by employees in Minnesota. Some workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee were taking part in a strike action from 2pm to 6pm to demand better work conditions, reports the Star Tribune ... More »

Companies You Didn't Know Were Owned by Amazon

The company has its hands in pretty much everything

(Newser) - You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon.com—but what you may not know is that some of the things you're buying on Amazon are made by companies that are also owned by Amazon. Of course there are the obvious ones—Amazon Kindle and Amazon Echo, for example—... More »

You Can Now Pick Up Your Amazon Orders at Rite Aid

Option is currently available at more than 100 stores across US

(Newser) - Amazon is adding a new way to get your packages: head over to another store's sales counter to pick it up. Starting Thursday, Amazon shoppers will be able to fetch their orders at more than 100 Rite Aid stores across the United States, the AP reports. It will expand... More »

Amazon Prime Day Is Coming. Except Now It's Prime Days

Sale starting July 15 will stretch for 48 hours

(Newser) - CNET wonders if Amazon Prime Day may eventually morph into Amazon Prime Month, and it's a reasonable assumption to make considering the company's latest announcement. While last year the annual shopping event ran for a longer-than-usual 36 hours, this year's version is surpassing that, with a... More »

Woman Storms Stage at Jeff Bezos Appearance

Priya Sawhney confronted Amazon chief about chicken farms

(Newser) - A woman was arrested Thursday after approaching Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and yelling about chicken farms on stage at a conference in Las Vegas, authorities said. Bezos's appearance at Amazon's re:Mars event at the Aria resort was briefly interrupted before the woman was surrounded by... More »

House Plans Sweeping Probe of Tech Giants

Investigation to focus on 'concentration of market power'

(Newser) - Tech giants—including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—will face a "top-to-bottom" antitrust investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. David Cicilline, leader of the investigation, said Monday it is aimed at the "tremendous concentration of market power" held by the companies more than it is at individual... More »

MacKenzie Bezos' 'Revealing' Move After Divorce From Jeff

Amazon CEO's ex-wife just signed Giving Pledge, vowing to donate at least half of her wealth

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos just opened up her wallet big time, and she's sharing her reason why. "I have a disproportionate amount of money to share," the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos noted in her letter signing on to the Giving Pledge , a commitment by some of the... More »

Amazon Offers Gift Cards in Exchange for Body Scans

Project is for internal research only, those who sign up are told

(Newser) - Amazon is enlisting participants for an image study in New York. In exchange for undergoing a 30-minute digital 3D scan of their bodies, Mashable reports, volunteers receive a $25 gift card. Photos, 3D scans, and videos of study participants, both clothed and in "form-fitting" swimwear, are taken, per the... More »

Amazon to Its Workers: Quit and We'll Give You $10K

That money would be to start a business delivering packages for Amazon

(Newser) - Amazon is racing to deliver packages faster, and it's is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. The offer, announced Monday, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to... More »

With Marriage Dissolved, Here's How the Bezoses Split Their Stock

Jeff Bezos keeps 75% of couple's Amazon shares, plus voting control of MacKenzie's

(Newser) - MacKenzie Bezos won't be the world's richest woman after all: She says she and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have finished dissolving their marriage, and that Jeff will be keeping 75% of the couple's Amazon stock. He'll also retain voting control over his ex's shares, she... More »

Amazon Driver Parks Illegally, Gets Shot

He was challenged after parking in handicapped spot

(Newser) - A Missouri Amazon delivery driver who police say parked his van illegally in a handicapped-accessible parking spot is in critical condition in a hospital after a man shot him in a dispute over the space, the AP reports. St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison says the 21-year-old driver was taken... More »

Cuomo Has Been Pleading for Bezos to Change His Mind

He wants company to reconsider NYC decision

(Newser) - Amazon has scrapped plans to build part of its second headquarters in New York City—but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would really, really like them to think again. Sources tell the New York Times that the Democrat has spoken to numerous Amazon execs, including founder and CEO Jeff Bezos,... More »

Progressive Dems 'Killed Amazon, the Biggest Beast Around'

In the battle of the centrists vs. progressives, the progressives emerged victorious

(Newser) - In the battle of the centrists versus the progressives, the progressives emerged victorious. At least that's the contention of left-of-center Democrats in New York, who are flashing the "V" sign after Amazon announced it was nixing its plans to build a second headquarters in Queens. The Wall Street ... More »

New York Is Out: Amazon Ditches Plans to Build There

Critics said the city was giving away too many concessions

(Newser) - Big news from Amazon Thursday: The company is scrapping plans to build part of its second headquarters in New York City, reports the New York Times . The decision comes after critics accused New York of giving away too many concessions to lure the retailing behemoth. Amazon announced last year that... More »

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