Let’s not forget, Amazon now owns every Whole Foods store in the country, so that’s even more state and local taxes. You could argue that Amazon, which brought in nearly $178 billion in sales last year, should pay more in taxes. But needless to say, it is not paying a “little” amount, nor is it “no” amount whatsoever, as the president claims. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
That’s why the UCFW is up in arms about Amazon’s program—it sees the writing on the wall. It’s why its president, Marc Perrone, ended his statement by saying, “It is time to realize that Amazon’s ruthless business model will lead to massive job losses that could cripple our entire economy.” Retraining may move a handful of capable warehouse employees into technical work, but by and large the net number of good jobs the company supports is still going to decline, probably steeply. It already has: Warehouse worker hiring plateaued, despite record sales, for the first time last year. … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
Reporting has uncovered a number of issues within Amazon’s vast logistics network. Some, like the urinating in bottles in order to hit quotas, fainting on the job, or developing repetitive strain injuries. Others have been freak accidentscrushed by a forklift in Indiana, the onekilled by a truck in Pennsylvania, or the two instances of … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (currently available to stream), crackles to life with a winking homage to the production of Christmas specials. An American tradition! Here comes a meta behind-the-scenes glimpse showing switchboard operators flicking on different screens as they announce various celebrity guests, call out “Action!” and point at screens with directorial gusto. Showbiz, baby! I shriek at the screen, startling my small dog. Inject it into my veins! Except, hmm. Now I’m thinking about actual showbiz, baby, and how this was filmed presumably on a miserably hot late summer day in Hollywood, and by Hollywood, I mean Burbank, probably. I itch, thinking of the sweltering soundstage, of sweat dropping from smooth armpits in feathered lace jumpsuits… the fake-snow blizzards blasting inside while outside it was all heatwaves and fire smoke until just weeks ago… how we seem to… forget these things with the passing of just one rainstorm, or … [Read more...] about An Energetic Journey Through Kacey Musgraves’s Magical Amazon Christmas Special
Any retailer budgets for broken goods, shoplifting, and other losses, and Amazon is no different. But because of the volume of sales and a customer-forward policy, the gargantuan online marketplace appears to rarely investigate claims of broken or unreceived goods, opting instead to replace or refund—no questions asked. That’s how Indiana couple Erin and Leah Finan scored $1.2 million in electronics. … [Read more...] about Couple Grifts Amazon Out of $1.2 Million in Electronics
Some highlights include Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. This whole meeting could be pretty awkward, especially considering how much Trump shit talked the tech industry in general during the campaign. … [Read more...] about Tech Gods Arrive to Kneel at Trump’s Throne