[164][165] Counterfeit charging cables sold on Amazon as purported Apple products have been found to be a fire hazard. Amazon started by focusing on business-to-consumer relationships between itself and its customers and business-to-business relationships between itself and its suppliers and then moved to facilitate customer-to-customer with the Amazon marketplace which acts as an intermediary to facilitate transactions. The partnership has caused well-known bookstores like Barnes & Noble to remove these titles from their shelves. [257], During the pandemic there have been protests by the Amazon workers at warehouses in the US, France, and Italy. Specifically, it could automate the identification and tracking of anyone, particularly in the context of potential police body camera integration. Amazon defended the decision by saying that Smalls was supposed to be in self-isolation at the time and leading the protest put its other workers at risk. Amazon.com originally collected sales tax only from five states as of 2011[update], but as of April 2017[update], Amazon collects sales taxes from customers in all 45 states that have a state sales tax and in Washington, D.C.[183], Amazon paid no federal income taxes in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, and actually received tax refunds worth millions of dollars, despite recording several billion dollars in profits each year. [232] In retaliation, Amazon paused construction on a new building, threatened to limit further investment in the city, and funded a repeal campaign. [176], In the wake of the WSJ investigation, three U.S. senators – Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Bob Menendez – sent an open letter to Jeff Bezos demanding him to take action about the selling of unsafe items on the site. [221], In response to criticism that Amazon does not pay its workers a livable wage, Jeff Bezos announced beginning November 1, 2018, all US and UK Amazon employees will earn a $15 an hour minimum wage.

[52][53][54], Audible.com is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information and educational programming on the Internet. [36] Borders pulled out of the arrangement in 2007, with plans to also launch its own online store. Amazon total liabilities for 2018 were $119.099B, a 14.96% increase from 2017. [236], In November 2018, the proposal to give Amazon $15 million in incentives was criticized by the Nashville Firefighters Union and the Nashville chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police,[237] who called it "corporate welfare. [233], The incentives given by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County to Amazon for their new Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville Yards, a site owned by developer Southwest Value Partners, have been controversial, including the decision by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to keep the full extent of the agreement secret. Data collected in the heat map suggest that stores with low racial and ethnic diversity, especially those located in poor communities, are more likely to unionize. [61] The technique involved recording on each of the two channels of each stereo track. Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. [260], On April 14, 2020, two Amazon employees were fired for "repeatedly violating internal policies", after they had circulated a petition about health risks for warehouse workers internally. Some warehouses are partially automated with systems built by Amazon Robotics. Brilliance Audio is an audiobook publisher founded in 1984 by Michael Snodgrass in Grand Haven, Michigan. Price? [79] Through Twitch, Amazon also owns Curse, Inc., an operator of video gaming communities and a provider of VoIP services for gaming. [65], In October 2019, Amazon finalized the acquisition of Health Navigator, a startup developing APIs for online health services. Construction has been suspended while these matters are decided. [259] Despite workers at 19 warehouses in the US having tested positive for COVID-19, Amazon did not shut down warehouses, only doing so when forced by the government or because of protests.

[62], CreateSpace, which offers self-publishing services for independent content creators, publishers, film studios, and music labels, became a subsidiary in 2009.[63][64]. Twitch is a live streaming platform for video, primarily oriented towards video gaming content. [261] The New York state attorney general, Letitia James, is considering legal retaliation to the firing which she called "immoral and inhumane. Its acquisitions over the years include Ring, Twitch, Whole Foods Market, and IMDb. Heather Oberdorf had sued the company in 2016 over a dog leash that snapped, causing permanent loss of vision in one eye. [222] Amazon will also lobby to make $15 an hour the federal minimum wage. Smalls himself accuses the company of retaliating against him for organizing a protest. The Amazon sales rank (ASR) provides an indication of the popularity of a product sold on any Amazon locale. [43], In September 2017, Amazon ventured with one of its sellers JV Appario Retail owned by Patni Group which has recorded a total income of US$ 104.44 million (₹ 759 crore) in financial year 2017–18. [66], Junglee is a former online shopping service provided by Amazon that enabled customers to search for products from online and offline retailers in India. [191] These reports cited a finding by New Food Economy that one third of fulfilment center workers in Arizona were on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "[259] She also asked the National Labor Relations Board to investigate Smalls' firing. Amazon distributes downloads and streaming of video, music, and audiobooks through its Prime Video, Amazon Music, Twitch, and Audible subsidiaries. [250][251], Wired magazine found that Amazon Prime Video was full of 'pseudoscientific documentaries laden with conspiracy theories and pointing viewers towards unproven treatments'. ", "Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site.

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