A look at part of Amazon's $1.2 billion on-the-job training investment

Amazon has pledged to spend $1.2 billion to provide free skills training to about 300,000 Amazon employees.
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Amazon set to create "discount" section with goods shipped direct from China

Jun 28, 2024
Analysts say this could be a bid for the retailer to compete more directly with ultra-low-cost sites like Temu and Shein.
Axing or reducing the number of U.S. warehouses could mean fewer Amazon goods go unsold.
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Retailers follow Amazon's lead on summer shopping events

Jun 17, 2024
Chains that offer sales for members don't just bring in customers. They also get valuable data for better-targeted advertising.
Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and others now have summer sales that compete with Amazon Prime Day.
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Package deliveries are clogging city streets

Mar 21, 2024
Retailers, shipping companies and cities are working together to solve the problem.
Michael Singh prepares for his Amazon cargo bike delivery shift.
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Reviews or "paid promotional content"? Amazon is paying users to make videos of its products

Mar 7, 2024
The online retail behemoth is selling access to its sizable platform to gig workers, says Caroline O'Donovan of The Washington Post.
"I think it's an open question if these are reviews or just paid promotional content," says Caroline O'Donovan at The Washington Post about the influencer videos.
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Why Amazon is replacing Walgreens Boots Alliance on the Dow Jones

Feb 21, 2024
A Dow Jones committee considers company growth and investor interest when deciding which stocks to include in the index.
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No, I'm not saying "Bye." I'm saying "Buy."

The Amazon One system enables purchases via hand waving. Christopher Mims of the WSJ discusses business prospects for biometric data.
Amazon's Amazon One system enables consumers to make purchases just by waving their hand.
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Freight railroads want to let companies track shipments to compete with trucking

Feb 15, 2024
But so far they've only added GPS tracking to less than 1% of the nation's railcars.
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As Christmas looms, the shipping wars accelerate

Dec 21, 2023
UPS and FedEx, not to mention Target and Walmart, are all racing to keep up with Amazon's same- or next- day shipping options because shoppers have become used to faster delivery times.
Amazon says more than half of Prime orders arrived same day or next day during the first half of this year in the 60 biggest U.S. metro areas.
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When Amazon comes to town, rural post offices struggle to keep up with deliveries

Dec 11, 2023
When thousands of Amazon packages arrived overnight, it wreaked havoc on a post office in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Last year, the USPS lost $6.5 billion. Delivering for Amazon is a way the agency offsets its costs.
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