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Amazon to Open its First Brick-and-Mortar Apparel Store
January 20, 2022 at 7:36 pm

The first Amazon Style store, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, will open its doors later this year, the company announced Thursday. The store will feature women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, and accessories from a mix of well-known and emerging brands, with prices catering to a wide range of shoppers. At roughly 30,000 square…

NY Attorney General Files Court Order Asking for COVID-19 Worker Safety Monitor at Amazon Facility
December 1, 2021 at 5:56 pm

The New York attorney general is going after Amazon.com, accusing the e-commerce giant of rolling back protocols for COVID-19 in at least one of its warehouses. New York Attorney General Letitia James sought an emergency court order on Tuesday, saying Amazon's decision on COVID-19 safety leaves employees at a higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. James…

Report: More Than Half of U.S. Consumers to Shop Online Cyber Weekend
November 22, 2021 at 8:56 pm

For the first time in history, more than half of U.S. consumers will shop online between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, with online retail sales approaching one-third of all Cyber weekend sales, according to a report from Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space. Last year, 47 percent of households shopped online…

Too Big for Amazon?
November 4, 2021 at 3:16 pm

Amazon.com represents a complicated relationship for many consumer brands. The e-commerce giant, which has grown to be the largest online retailer in the world, leverages its vast scale to collect data, optimize revenue, and refine operations — while luring third-party sellers with access to the world’s most important online marketplace. Big brands in particular have…

How Retail Sellers Can Navigate New Amazon Inventory Restrictions
September 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss an article recently published by Total Retail titled, “Amazon is Finally Acting Like a Retailer, and What That Means for Brands,” authored by Tim Hershey, chief retail officer at Netrush. Amazon has recently tightened its inventory restrictions, placing new pressures…

Amazon to Pay Full College Tuition for its Front-Line Employees
September 13, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Amazon.com announced last week that it will pay full tuition — including the cost of books and fees — for its more than 750,000 front-line employees. The retail giant will fund the 2022 initiative by investing $1.2 billion to expand its education and skills training benefits program by 2025. Rather than offering reimbursement after coursework completion, Amazon will…

Amazon Adding 55K Jobs in Global Hiring Push
September 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm

After growing its workforce to more than 1.3 million people in 2020, Amazon.com is planning to hire another 55,000 employees globally in the coming months, the company announced earlier this week. This is the first major hiring push since new CEO Andy Jassy took the reins from Jeff Bezos in July. It comes ahead of the company's annual Career…

Amazon Reportedly Planning to Open Department Stores
August 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Amazon.com is planning to open large retail locations that resemble department stores, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the plans, reported that some of the first Amazon department stores are expected to be in California and Ohio. The locations will take up roughly 30,000 square feet, around the size of a Kohl’s or T.J.…

Amazon to Compensate Customers for Faulty Goods From Third-Party Sellers
August 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

On Tuesday, Amazon.com updated its longstanding returns policy, referred to as the A-to-z Guarantee, to address defective product claims, reports CNBC. Beginning in September, consumers can contact Amazon with a personal injury or property damage claim, and the company will then connect the consumer with the seller. Currently, buyers are encouraged to contact the seller…

NLRB Recommends New Union Election at Amazon Warehouse
August 3, 2021 at 10:04 pm

Amazon.com workers in Alabama may get a second chance to vote on whether to form the company's first unionized warehouse in the United States. A hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined Monday that Amazon violated federal labor laws by encouraging employees to vote against unionizing at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse facility…