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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 »

As Bezos Heads Toward Trillionaire, Outrage

Analysis suggests he could be first trillionaire by 2026

(Newser) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos found himself the target of attacks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and a lot of social media users on Thursday as outlets highlighted an analysis suggesting he'll become the first ever trillionaire. Business website Comparisun determined the 56-year-old—with a current net... 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 »

Workers at Amazon, Other Firms Plan 'General Strike'

They say they're going to walk off the job Friday

(Newser) - Workers who say major companies like Amazon aren't doing enough to protect them during the pandemic are planning a strike Friday—and they would like shoppers to show their support by staying away. Organizers say a walkout planned for May 1, International Workers' Day, will also involve workers from... More »

Investigation: Amazon Beats Own Sellers With Shady Tactics

'Wall Street Journal' says ex-employees admit looking at off-limits data on competitors

(Newser) - Amazon is selling more products under its own label as it directly competes against independent sellers on its own platform. The company swears up and down it doesn't peek at data deemed by those sellers as proprietary, but the Wall Street Journal reports the claim isn't true. The... More »

Tired of Frozen? Stream These Less Obvious Kids Movies

'Fly Away Home' starring Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels is among them

(Newser) - Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus, and others, there are plenty of households that have already had their fill of Frozen and overdosed on Onward. In the best of times,... 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 Pushes Pause on New Online Grocery Customers

They will be placed on a waiting list for 'invitations,' company says

(Newser) - People who want to start using Amazon's grocery delivery services are going to have to wait, the company says. In a blog post Sunday, the company cited "unprecedented demand" and said new Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods delivery customers would have to "wait for an invitation to... 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 »

'Disgraceful': Amazon Fires Walkout Organizer

Company claims he visited warehouse after possible exposure to COVID-19

(Newser) - Amazon says it fired an employee at its Staten Island warehouse after "multiple warnings for violating social distancing guidelines." But Bill de Blasio isn't so sure. The New York City mayor has asked the city's human rights commissioner to investigate Christian Smalls' claim that he was... 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 Delivery Guy Seen Spitting on Box

Amazon says it's 'aggressively investigating' the incident

(Newser) - Spitting, a criminal act? Maybe for an Amazon delivery worker who was caught spitting on a package amid the coronavirus pandemic, TMZ reports. Video shows him leaving his mark Thursday on a box outside a duplex in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The unidentified worker is seen putting... More »

How Safe Are Amazon, UPS Deliveries?

Amazon and delivery companies face the coronavirus

(Newser) - Amazon, UPS, and FedEx are grappling with scary new realities as the coronavirus adds to their workload and affects their business practices. For example, 12 UPS drivers across nine states are saying the company doesn't protect them. They tell NBC News that UPS hasn't given drivers protective gear... More »

Forget About Getting Non-Essentials Via Amazon

Retailer putting temporary restrictions in place, focusing on medical and household staples

(Newser) - Amazon said Tuesday that it will only accept shipments of cleaning equipment, medical supplies, and household staples from suppliers at its warehouses for next three weeks to fill surging demand, per the AP . The online retailer has been sold out of items like disinfecting wipes and toilet paper as 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 »

This Guy Bought 18K Bottles of Hand Saniziter

And now Matt Colvin is in the media spotlight

(Newser) - Matt Colvin isn't exactly feeling the love. In early March—with the coronavirus spreading across America—he bought out hand-sanitizer bottles and antibacterial-wipes in small stores across Tennessee and part of Kentucky, then resold them for a hefty profit on Amazon. "It was crazy money," he tells... More »

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