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
“What’s different here is you’ve got a company retraining its own workers for jobs it knows it’s going to be able to provide,” Heinrich says. She says that this entire initiative is probably borne out of a cost-benefit analysis that concluded the best way to fill currently empty and future roles in an extremely tight labor market was to invest in retraining its own workforce. Amazon is currently trying to fill 20,000 roles; retraining current employees who’ve proven amenable to Amazon for those and future jobs, at a cost of $7,000-per-employee, could be cheaper than recruiting. “You have to look at the employers’ perspective—what’s going to make them profitable and successful? It’s much easier for Amazon to have data on who they think is most likely to be successful in training, instead of having to go out and find these people. It should be a cost savings for them to do that within their own workforce.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
Following yesterday’s Prime Day strike at a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, over a dozen progressive lawmakers—including Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ro Khanna—co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to request a “comprehensive investigation into the workplace conditions” in Amazon and its subsidiary businesses’ warehouses. … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
Oooh! The set is so good! It’s a cross-section of a human scale dollhouse with monochromatic rooms like the Madonna Inn until you look too closely and it gets a little too Pier 1. Real heads know: it’s like her Instagram stories come to life. You know when she gets in that pinning mood and she lets it rip on the gram like it’s Tumblr in 2013? Her story notches get narrow as a pixel. So hyper. I love her for that. Go off, as they say. Is perhaps Kacey too cool of a girl to have the charisma volts needed to power this thing? It seems to be the case. Whatever. I feel like she’s the hot girl in high school who got cast in the recital but she can’t break her own real-life character to generate the kind of cornball fuel (thespian ethanol, if I may?) that this kind of project runs on. This functions better as a festive music video channel than it does as a show, tee-bee-achj. Whoa whoa whoa, what is this—the Kacey MusLegs ChrisGams Special? Have … [Read more...] about An Energetic Journey Through Kacey Musgraves’s Magical Amazon Christmas Special
The husband and wife duo scored “GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung smartwatches, and Microsoft Surface tablets” according to a Department of Justice press release from when they (and an alleged “fence” named Danijel Glumac) were charged in May. More recently, the Finans pleaded guilty, and now each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. … [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