Amazonia for April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

A brief edition of our Amazonia today. (Amazonia was our test of a run down of Amazon-related news.) The feature has returned in an abbreviated format today.

First, “Amazon Fires at Least 3 Employees Who Criticized Workplace Conditions” makes it clear that one should not criticize the Bezos bulldozer. DarkCyber noted this statement in the source article:

An Amazon representative told the Post the employees were fired for “repeatedly violating internal policies,” saying, “We support every employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies.”

Sounds ideal.

Second, “An Amazon Warehouse Worker Has Died of Coronavirus.” The story notes:

The company alleges the employee contracted the disease while on vacation and had not been in contact with other DLA8 workers since March 6. Amazon told Gizmodo in an email that the company notified all DLA8 employees on March 31.

It is trivial for Amazon to know where an employee was exposed to a virus. Amazing ability has Amazon.

Finally “Amazon Is Slashing Commission Rates for Its Affiliate Program” makes clear that the online bookstore is rejiggling its payout deals. The article asserts:

The changes are quite significant in some cases: The furniture and home improvement category’s affiliate cut fell from 8 percent to 3 percent, for instance, while grocery items’ commission rate is now down to 1 percent from 5 percent. As you can tell, it could have a huge impact on websites, including media outlets, that rely heavily on Amazon’s affiliate program to make money.

Sure, DarkCyber can tell.

Stephen E Arnold, April 16, 2020


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