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Jeff Bezos visited an Amazon warehouse and a Whole Foods to thank employees who are working during the coronavirus crisis as safety concerns rise among workers (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday visited one of the company's warehouses and a Whole Foods, thanking employees who are working during the coronavirus pandemic.   In a video posted by Amazon, Bezos can be seen touring the facilities while greeting and waving at employees.  The tours took place near Dallas, according to Bloomberg. Bezos' visits come as employees have raised concerns about safety inside the company's fulfillment centers. Employees at multiple facilities have gone on strike, sa...
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Amazon is 'pausing' its own shipping service that it was beta-testing in the US — read the memo it just sent sellers (AMZN)

Amazon told sellers on Tuesday that it will pause in June its in-house shipping service that was being beta tested in a few US cities. It didn't provide a clear explanation for the suspension, but some experts and sellers believe it's due to the lack of profitability in its service. Amazon launched its own shipping service in 2018 and first started testing in the Los Angeles area. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon is suspending its own in-house shipping service that w...
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Amazon is quietly allowing more third-party sellers to restock their wares even though it hasn't formally announced the end of its non-essentials ban (AMZN)

Amazon's policy of banning non-essential items from its warehouses was supposed to be lifted last Sunday, but instead of an outright end date, the company has been slowly allowing more items in. Amazon told sellers 10 days ago that it would start allowing some of them to send non-essential items to its warehouses and has been quietly keeping its word, one industry watcher tells Business Insider. The types of non-essential items it has prioritized first seem to be related to the stuff people ne...
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Amazon is quietly allowing more 3rd-party sellers to restock their wares even though it hasn't formally announced the end of its nonessentials ban (AMZN)

Amazon's policy of banning nonessential items from its warehouses was supposed to be lifted on Sunday, but instead of an outright end date, the company has been slowly allowing more items in. Amazon told sellers 10 days ago that it would start allowing some of them to send nonessential items to its warehouses and has been quietly keeping its word, one industry watcher told Business Insider. The types of nonessential items it has prioritized seem to be related to the stuff people want while obe...
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Defiant Amazon workers are planning to strike again at the same warehouse where a strike organizer was fired last week (AMZN)

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island are planning to go on strike on Monday, walking off the job for the second time in two weeks. Strike organizers are protesting working conditions that they believe are exposing them to the coronavirus. Workers at more than 50 Amazon warehouses nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19. Amazon fired an employee who organized a protest at its Staten Island warehouse last week. A leaked memo showed Amazon executives planned to mount a PR campaign...
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Amazon tells sellers its price gouging policy could cause 'confusion' as unfair suspensions increase — just a week after 32 attorneys general called for action (AMZN)

Amazon told sellers in a note this week that its price gouging rules could be confusing given the different state laws. The note comes a week after 32 US attorneys general told Amazon to fix price gouging activities on its marketplace. Amazon's always had a "zero tolerance" policy against sellers who exploit "an emergency by charging excessively high prices on products and shipping." But sellers say Amazon has now become too aggressive, often suspending sellers and products that are not engage...
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Amazon could buy a company like Slack or Zoom to replace its own unpopular chat app Chime and get in on the flood of coronavirus-related customers, analysts say (AMZN)

Amazon's videoconferencing and chat app, Chime, seems to be missing out on the surge of users flocking to Zoom and Slack amid the coronavirus crisis. The cloud wars aren't just about cloud infrastructure. One analyst believes that software helped Microsoft win a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over Amazon Web Services. Analysts said Amazon could turn to acquisitions to bolster its efforts in the collaboration space. Buying something "turnkey" like Zoom or Slack would help Amazon do that wh...
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Amazon will host a virtual film festival featuring SXSW films on its Prime Video platform after the iconic Austin festival was canceled over coronavirus concerns (AMZN)

Amazon will host a virtual film festival on its Prime Video platform featuring films originally scheduled for Austin's 2020 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The annual festival was canceled on March 6 over coronavirus concerns. The virtual film festival will run for 10 days in late April and will be free to the public. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Filmmakers whose work was originally slated to debut at South by Southwest in March now have an alternative showcase than...
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Jeff Bezos says he's donating $100 million to help food banks that are facing shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he's making a $100 million donation to Feeding America, a nonprofit that helps food banks feed families in need.  "Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," Bezos wrote on his Instagram account. Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Leonardo DiCaprio also announced that they are teaming up to help feed people in need and will be donating to Feeding Americ...
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Jeff Bezos will donate $100 million to help food banks that are facing shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he's making a $100 million donation to Feeding America, a nonprofit that helps food banks feed families in need.  "Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," Bezos wrote on his Instagram account. Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Leonardo DiCaprio also announced that they are teaming up to help feed people in need and will be donating to Feeding Americ...
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Amazon extends its remote work policy for corporate employees through April 24 (AMZN)

Amazon has asked corporate employees outside mainland China to continue working from home through April 24 due to the coronavirus crisis. Amazon had about 798,000 full-time and part-time employees at the end of 2019, but it's unclear how many employees the guidance covers.  Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. Amazon has extended its remote work guidance due to the coronavirus crisis, asking "corporate office employees who work in a role that can be done from home" to do so th...
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Amazon bucked one of the worst quarters in market history and posted a gain amid the COVID crisis — Here's why Wall Street loves the stock (AMZN)

Amazon shares gained 5.5% in the first quarter, while other tech giants and the broader market tanked amid the coronavirus outbreak. Analysts told Business Insider that Amazon is well-positioned to hold up against the recession because of the surge in online shopping and its cloud service usage, among others. 46 of the 48 analysts that track Amazon's stock recommending buying it, the most number of "buy" ratings among all S&P 500 companies, according to FactSet. The employee revolt against Ama...
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Amazon recently hosted job fairs and new-hire orientations where groups of up to 70 people were reportedly packed into one room (AMZN)

Amazon hosted large events like new hire orientations and job fairs while the coronavirus was spreading across the US, according to Bloomberg.  At one event, as many as 70 attendees were reportedly crowded into one room. One man who raised concerns told Bloomberg he was ridiculed by an Amazon manager.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises keeping distance between yourself and others and canceling all gatherings of more than 50 people.  Amazon is hiring 100,000 delivery and wa...
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New York City has opened a human rights probe into Amazon's firing of a warehouse worker who led a strike against the company over coronavirus safety concerns (AMZN)

New York City's human rights commissioner has opened an investigation into Amazon's firing of a warehouse worker the same day he participated in a strike against the company, a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. Amazon fired the employee, Chris Smalls, Monday evening after he had helped organize a walkout earlier in the day to protest the company's coronavirus response. Smalls said he was fired in retaliation for his activism and that "Amazon would rather sweep a problem under the rug...
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An Amazon warehouse worker in New York was fired on the same day he helped lead a protest of the company's coronavirus response to safety concerns (AMZN)

Amazon fired a warehouse worker on Monday who helped organize a strike earlier in the day in protest of the company's response to the coronavirus. The worker, Chris Smalls, said he was fired in retaliation for his activism and that "Amazon would rather sweep a problem under the rug than act to keep workers and working communities safe," according to a statement sent to Business Insider. Amazon said it fired Smalls for violating a quarantine order it issued after Smalls allegedly came into cont...
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Leaked emails show Amazon is moving full steam ahead with this year's Prime Day shopping extravaganza, even as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic (AMZN)

Amazon is inviting sellers and vendors to submit deals for this year's Prime Day, its annual mega shopping event, despite the supply chain issues it's facing amid the coronavirus outbreak. One email said vendors should be ready to ship their Prime Day inventory to Amazon warehouses by May, as purchase orders will be placed from as early as March 31. For special Lightning Deals, limited-time offers that get featured on Amazon's deals page, the deadline to submit is May 8 and an extra $500 per d...
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Amazon warehouse workers are worried for their safety as supplies of hand sanitizer and wipes run low (AMZN)

Amazon warehouse workers say they're running low or completely out of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. In a new CNBC report, five employees said both critical items "were either in short supply or completely absent." 2 Amazon warehouse workers, one in the US and another in the UK, corroborated the report to Business Insider.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Amazon struggles to keep up with the dramatic increase in deliveries due to the coronavirus pandemic, its ware...
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Amazon admits it favored own listings for 'nonessential' items over independent sellers, even if others had faster delivery times (AMZN)

Amazon's algorithms have been favoring nonessential items sold directly by Amazon or sellers that use its warehouses over third-party sellers with faster delivery options, according to Recode. Amazon said last week that it would temporarily pause shipments of nonessential items to its warehouses to prioritize products that have been in high demand because of the coronavirus. Amazon has also come under scrutiny in the past for how it decides which products are featured in its "Buy Box." Amazon ...
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Amazon tells sellers it's broadening the types of products accepted at its warehouses, signaling improved supply chain issues — read the memo it just sent sellers (AMZN)

Amazon told sellers on Friday that it would expand the list of products accepted at its warehouses going forward. The change follows last week's announcement that Amazon would not accept nonessential products at its warehouses in the US and European regions until April 5. It said it will now determine product-eligibility on an "item-by-item" basis, and take into consideration a number of different factors, including demand and inventory levels. The change could still be frustrating for sellers...
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Amazon is reportedly keeping a New Jersey warehouse open for business after an employee tests positive for COVID-19 (AMZN)

Amazon is keeping a warehouse in Edison, New Jersey, open after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, first reported by Buzzfeed and confirmed to Business Insider. Workers in at least 11 Amazon warehouses across the US and Europe have tested positive for the virus. Amazon has faced pressure from employees and labor groups who say the company isn't doing enough to protect employees, with workers in Italy striking to protest its response. "We are following guidelines from local officials and ar...
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Amazon won't require sellers to repay loans for 1 month, easing the pressure on merchants squeezed by the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)

Amazon told sellers in a note that it's pausing requirements on loan repayments for a month. The move could provide relief to sellers who borrowed money from Amazon and whose sales have taken a hit amid the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon also appears to have scaled back its loan offers in recent weeks. Some sellers are complaining about Amazon's unresponsiveness to lending inquiries. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon is temporarily suspending requirements on loan repaym...
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Amazon's customer call centers are facing temporary shutdowns due to COVID-19, causing hours of wait times and a rise in complaints (AMZN)

Some of Amazon's customer support call centers are dealing with temporary closures to comply with work-from-home restrictions around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak. That's leading to unusually long hold times and a rise in customer complaints. Amazon's spokesperson told Business Insider that there have been "temporary adjustments to our support options" due to the changes caused by the coronavirus. The coronavirus is prompting more companies to adopt automated customer service softwar...
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Amazon has changed its policy and waived fees for merchants' products that aren't selling so that it can focus on shipping essential products (AMZN)

Amazon told sellers on Tuesday that it's delaying inventory removal orders and waiving long term storage fees at its warehouses. The change allows Amazon to dedicate its formidable logistics resources to delivering essential products to consumers, instead of spending efforts returning inventory to sellers. The change could help some merchants sell dead products by keeping them in Amazon warehouses longer, but could also prevent them from taking back them back and selling on other channels. Vis...
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Amazon sent guests of its cancelled robotics conference $600 Moncler jackets, and it shows an uncomfortable reality about Amazon's army of struggling warehouse workers (AMZN)

Amazon sent Moncler jackets that cost $600 per unit last week to VIP guests of a private event called MARS after cancelling it due to the coronavirus. MARS is separate from re:MARS, the robotic event that's open to the public. Amazon's spokesperson said the gifts were purchased well in advance of MARS's cancellation, and were meant to be given to the guests anyway, as event attendees receive a gift bag of several items every year. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was not personally involved in the decisi...
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Amazon is offering some kids movies and TV shows for free as families stay inside amid the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)

Amazon is offering some kids' movies and TV shows for free amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Shows like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and movies like "Shrek Forever After" are now available to stream for free on Amazon's Prime Video service.  You don't need Amazon Prime to access them — just sign up for a free Amazon account on the homepage.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon is making a major change to its Prime Video platform amid the coronavirus pandemic: it's now of...
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Amazon, Microsoft, and Google's clouds could come out of the coronavirus crisis in ever better shape. Here's how it could play out, according to experts. (AMZN, MSFT, GOOG, GOOGL)

Analysts say Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google Cloud will likely see little impact to their businesses from the current coronavirus-driven economic downturn. More companies are requiring employees to work remotely to help limit the spread of the virus, which could bring more opportunity for cloud providers, analysts say. Analysts say Google Cloud and Microsoft in particular benefit from having work productivity applications that can help companies as they work remotely, while AWS has ...
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Amazon's latest shipment delays show it's willing to largely give up on non-Prime orders as coronavirus puts strain on supply chain (AMZN)

Many Amazon products are now showing shipment delays of over a month. Marketplace experts say those delays are more severely affecting non-Prime orders. The move shows Amazon is focusing its shipping resources on Prime orders, largely foregoing those without the Prime membership. Roughly 35% of Amazon shoppers in the US, or 60 million of them, are estimated to be non-Prime users, according to CIRP. Amazon could get more people to sign up to its Prime membership program as demand for online sho...
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Read the letter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just sent to employees about the coronavirus: 'Things are going to get worse before they get better' (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Saturday shared a memo sent to Amazon employees regarding the coronavirus. In the letter, Bezos notes that the company is hiring 100,00 workers and says Amazon is taking steps to protect essential personnel that can't work remotely. He encourages those who have been laid off as a result of the pandemic to consider working for Amazon.  The memo comes after an Amazon warehouse worker in Queens, New York, tested positive for the coronavirus last week.  Visit Business Ins...
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Amazon, Microsoft, and Google could take advantage of the market downturn to go on a cloud startup shopping spree, some analysts say (AMZN, MSFT, GOOG, GOOGL)

The market caps of many companies have plunged amid the coronavirus crisis — opening up an opportunity for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google Cloud to make some acquisitions, analysts expect. AWS and Google Cloud may acquire application-focused companies, while Microsoft may acquire security or AI companies, one analyst says. However, some analysts disagree and say since the market is still uncertain, cloud vendors may wait until after the coronavirus pandemic is over and things are mo...
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Amazon Web Services offers $20 million worth of credits and technical support for customers working on faster COVID-19 testing (AMZN)

Amazon Web Services will offer $20 million work of credits and technical support to customers who are working to develop faster COVID-19 testing. The initiative will at first focus on COVID-19 – the illness caused by the novel coronavirus – and could expand to other infectious diseases. Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. Amazon Web Services on Friday said it will offer $20 million worth of credits and technical support to customers who are working to develop faster COVID-19 ...
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