Amazon execs, in leaked memo, sought to tar fired employee who organized coronavirus walkout
As Amazon grapples with coronavirus infections among workers at a growing number of its facilities, senior leaders sought to discredit the organizer of a walkout in New York this week, according to an internal memo.Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky, in notes from a meeting of top executives circulated within the company and leaked to VICE News, called walkout organizer Chris Smalls — who was fired earlier this week — “not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us vs. him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time ho...
The Seattle Times
Amazon postponing Prime Day shopping event because of coronavirus, report says
Amazonis postponing its annual Prime Day shopping event until at least August because of the coronavirus, according to a report by Reuters.The mega online shopping event is usually held in July and has become a staple of the industry. Amazon slashes prices on its most-popular products and devices, while offering “flash sales” throughout the day.More than 175 million items were sold during Prime Day in 2019, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, according to a report by Business Insider.The Reuters reportsaid Amazon could take a $100 million loss on excess devices it may now have to s...
Calls for justice after latest murder of indigenous Guajajara leader in Brazil
Indigenous leaders and activists in Brazil are demanding justice after the latest murder of a Guajajara indigenous leader in Maranhão state on the eastern edge of the Amazon.Zezico Rodrigues Guajarara, a teacher from the Arariboia indigenous reserve, was found shot dead at lunchtime on March 31, his body riddled with shotgun wounds, on a dirt road near the village of Zutiwa where he lived with 1,000 Guajajara members, local media reported.He is the fifth Guajarara leader to be killedsince November in the lawless frontier region that is dominated by powerful landowners and logging mafias.“What’...
Temperature checks, masks new norm for Amazon employees
San Francisco (AFP) - Amazon on Thursday said it is temperature-checking more than 100,000 workers daily and handing out masks as part of ramped-up defenses against the coronavirus pandemic.The online e-commerce colossus made the announcement after a series of employee protests and complaints about safety for workers delivering food and supplies to people hunkered down in their homes.Amazon this week began checking the temperature of workers arriving at US facilities, asking those with apparent fevers to go home, according to senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark."Amazon ass...
Amazon, Whole Foods employees to get masks, temperature checks
Amazon announced it will begin giving face masks and temperature checks to all employees at U.S. and European warehouses, as well as Whole Foods stores, by early next week to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.Anyone with higher than a 100.4 temperature will be sent home and not allowed back to work until going three days without a fever, the statement said.Amazon said it has given temperature checks since March 29 to more than 100,000 employees at select warehouse sites around the U.S.Additionally, Amazon said, “the millions" of masks that have been ordered are starting to be distributed...
[SXSW2020] SXSW、Amazonライム・ビデオと「Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection 」開催へ
First COVID-19 case among indigenous people confirmed in Brazilian Amazon
Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed on April 1 the first case of COVID-19 among indigenous people in the Amazon, raising concerns about the spread of the pandemic and its effects on native people.A 20-year-old Kokama indigenous woman in northern Amazonas state tested positive for the virus, according to SESAI, the federal government’s body in charge of health services for indigenous people in the country.The indigenous woman is a health agent and lives in the village of São José in the district of Santo Antônio do Içá, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the border with Colombia, according to...
Top 10 largest ecommerce companies in the US in 2020
Amazon is the undisputed leader in the US e-commerce market. Most retailers have witnessed a jump in online sales amid thecoronaviruspandemic. The brick-and-mortar retail store sales have taken a hit, though. Amazon’s sales are skyrocketing and the company is hiring 100,000 workers to handle the increased demand. Others have a long way to go before they can challenge Amazon. Here we take a look at the top 10 largest ecommerce companies in the US in 2020.Ranked: The largest ecommerce companies in 2020The ranking is based on data from the research firm eMarketer’s annual reporton the largest US ...