While Amazon does not always pay local-level taxes—because many localities are not properly equipped to demand or collect them—nor does it collect state sales tax on items sold through its platform by third-party vendors in most states, it is likely paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes to state and local governments each year. In total, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Amazon paid $412 million in taxes in 2016 and, according to CNBC, has a provisional tax expense of around $200 million last year. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
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
Jane Oates of WorkingNation says that the first and perhaps most important step is to ensure that the training is part of the workweek. “People are busy—making this as easy to get to as possible will determine its success.” Amazon should also ensure they cover the tuition in the programs outright, she says. “A lot of the failure is due to the tuition assistance programs—a lot of the reason they fail is you have to pay upfront for the college yourself and get reimbursed,” she said. “And then if you don’t get a grade you’re out that money.” … [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
I wish there were Muppets. Or like, I feel like Lizzo should be here. Where’s Lizzo? She seems like the perfect holiday special guest. Oh well. Ribbons and Bows, an original from her 2016 Christmas album, is the most festive number and it is also the last. There goes our Kacey, vacuum-sealed inside a shimmering beaded jumpsuit, prancing through each room, attempting mild choreography, greeting the Rockettes who appeared out of nowhere and dancing with her very sweet Nana who did a very good job with her lines until a male dancer ripped her away to do the final number in the lobby. I would describe this song as Target commercial-core. Advertisement … [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