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Amazon New York Times Article

Bob Roberts
• Sunday, 13 December, 2020
• 7 min read

The harsh work culture that’s been alleged by multiple headlines in recent years is depressing to read about and unjustifiable even if you’re a fan of Amazon as a brand. One of the most prominent attacks on Amazon ’s work culture came from a scathing piece in the New York Times back in 2015.

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It even alleged that the company had a policy that encouraged employees to send anonymous feedback to supervisors as a way to sabotage one other and ruthlessly climb the corporate ladder. But, more recently, a New York Post story reported on undercover investigator and author James Blood worth’s attempts to infiltrate an Amazon Warehouse in Hugely, Stafford shire, in the U.K. Blood worth alleged, “People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being disciplined over ‘idle time’ and ­losing their jobs just because they needed the loo.” He likened the warehouse to a prison.

Originally published by, the survey found that about three-quarters of U.K. fulfillment-center employees were hesitant or afraid to use the restrooms during the day because of what they described as meeting time expectations. In response to the Times piece, the company attempted to contact the publisher directly with information it believed contradicted or undermined the claims mentioned in the article.

In other words, even small slights or injustices could be magnified to disrupt the already-delicate relationship you have with your customers. You might make your employees sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or keep your email servers on lockdown, but an ex-employee with a bad taste in his mouth might still opt to anonymously report on the conditions of your workplace.

This possibility should be an incentive not only to avoid deliberate and egregious violations of employee rights, but also to mind how your actions and policies might be perceived (or misconstrued) by others. Understanding the importance of your own company culture and the vulnerability of your internal policies and communications is vital if you want to maintain the public’s trust -- as well as the satisfaction -- and retention -- of your workforce.

Whether you bought the allegation that Amazon workers 'peed in bottles' to survive brutally long work shifts, you should pay attention to your own culture. Amazon on Tuesday said it chose New York City and a suburb of Washington, D.C., as the locations for its new headquarters.

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“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, in a statement. On Tuesday, Amazon started to refer to its northern Virginia site as “National Landing,” which surprised and upset some longtime residents, sending shock waves onto social media.

Ralph Northam confirmed the renaming of Crystal City in an interview Tuesday on CNBC. From its new split headquarters, Amazon is in place to get more than $2 billion in tax incentives, according to the company's statement.

This Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, photo shows a view of Crystal City, Va., and the United States Air Force Memorial as seen from a revolving restaurant. However, many economists say that economic development subsidies don't work, partly because companies have an idea of where they will relocate without such incentives.

Amazon, for its part, has said it was hard to find a talent pool 50,000 deep in most American cities. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both of whom campaigned aggressively for the Amazon project, the announcement was met with local resistance.

New York state Sen. Michael Granaries of Queens and City Councilman Jimmy Van Kramer issued a joint statement saying, “We have serious reservations about the reported deal to bring Amazon to LIC. Other critics dismissed the 14-month search for a new headquarters as a publicity stunt or an attempt to extract valuable information from cities that Amazon could use to make future decisions that would benefit the company with an unfair advantage over its competitors.

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HQ2 will go down as one of the great PR stunts, and abuses of the commonwealth, in corporate history,” Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University's Stern Business School, wrote ABC News in an email. These are the things every author craves most, and while the first two require the favor of a benevolent God, the third can be had by anyone with the ability to write a check -- a pretty big one.

ResultSource, a San Diego -based marketing consultancy, specializes in getting books onto bestseller lists, according to The Wall Street Journal. It does this by taking bulk sales and breaking them up into more organic-looking individual purchases, defeating safeguards that are supposed to make it impossible to “buy” bestseller status.

With a $27.95 list price, I was told that the cost of each book would total about $23.50 after various retail discounts and including $3.99 for tax, handling and shipping. To ensure a spot on The Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list, I needed to obtain commitments from my clients for a minimum of 3000 books at about $23.50, a total of about $70,500.

Kaplan settled for making the Journal's list, reaching the pre-sale figure of 3,000 by securing commitments from corporate clients, who agreed to buy copies as part of his speaking fees, and by buying copies for himself to resell at public appearances. Kaplan expresses significant reservations about taking part in what is essentially a laundering operation aimed at deceiving the book-buying public into believing a title is more in-demand than it is.

The company's website features an endorsement from Campos CEO Tony High and a breakdown of the campaign it mounted behind his book “Delivering Happiness,” which included a Groupon offering of 1,600 copies. Still, Amazon disapproves strongly enough of ResultSource's methods that it told WSJ it will no longer do business with the company.

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Books that benefited from bulk sales are supposed to have a dagger icon next to them to denote that fact. I called and emailed the Times with several questions, including whether it was aware before today of ResultSource's activities.

Here's the reply I got from a spokeswoman: “The New York Times comprehensively tracks and tabulates the weekly unit sales of all titles reported by book retailers as their general interest bestsellers. At many of those events, people paid to come watch me speak and receive an autographed copy of my book.

Read More've been covering the business of news, information and entertainment in one form or another for more than 10 years. In past incarnations I've worked at AOL, Condé Nast Portfolio, Radar and WWF.

If you could objectively plot quality against frequency, I’d put money on both groups showing a normal distribution with the graphs mostly overlapping. This whole process works because it’s mediated and because of the assumption that a third party stamp of approval for a book guarantees minimum levels of quality.

It’s important here to remember that not every traditionally published authors will have their book sent out to reviewers, it depends on how much marketing budget has been allocated. But still, reviewers depend on publishers acting as winnowers, sorting out the wheat from the chaff, and at least attempting to make sure that they are sent books they are actually interested in.

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What’s needed is something more robust, something which doesn’t try to put lipstick on any literary pigs, but which instead builds its business on picking out the brass from the muck and passing that on to the folks with the megaphones. I am also the author of Angleton, a novelette about a mysterious town that appears on digital maps but doesn’t exist in reality.

I self-published via Kickstarter and Amazon Kindle, and am I negotiating my way through the publishing world and exploring new business models for entrepreneurial authors along the way. As a freelance journalist, I have written about social media and technology for, The Guardian, CIO Magazine and Computer Weekly.

We chose these 18 articles from The Times by first individually sifting through the paper and its archives and picking pieces that resonated. Then we shared our finds in a Google doc and noticed that we had all chosen things that could be categorized in one of three ways: Education, Happiness or Social Awareness.

But becoming an adult is all about dealing with all sorts of challenges, and for most teenagers, college admissions may be their first brush with true rejection. Reading stories of students who didn’t get into their top school choices will remind you that you are not defined by the name of your university, but instead by the opportunities you make for yourself.

Not only does this article point to a way to eradicate extremism, it also teaches us that education is an invaluable gift not to be ignored. All over the world, kids are cutting back on sleep in order to get ahead in school, sports, artistic endeavors and more.

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But skimping on sleep can have drastic effects while you’re awake; being constantly exhausted is not worth what society views as success. At the age of 18, many students eagerly head off into the world and accept a whole set of new privileges and responsibilities.

Perhaps they do so over-eagerly, as the college student Karla Sullivan discovers in this piece about the joy of eating food prepared by someone else. As adulthood nears, the dark specter of rent raises its greedy head and snaps up paychecks thousands of dollars at a time.

This article, which follows several young people and their clever strategies for ensuring lower rent, suggests legal ways to live in an apartment without selling a sibling or giving up eating. Some of our parents are huge coffee fanatics and need their caffeine fixes to start the day.

When you turn 18 and the responsibilities start piling up, resist the urge to overdose on coffee: It’ll make your hands tremble. This article gives readers helpful tips on how to make life more enjoyable in a small space.

Adulthood is the perfect time to improve one’s “résumé virtues,” as David Brooks writes in this Op-Ed. Du Boys’s “talented 10th.” Above, protesting last November at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus.

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This documentary shows the story of the National Front’s regional campaign in southern France after the Paris attacks of November 2015. Social media can be an incredibly powerful tool, but it can be used to harm as easily as it can be used to do good.

Videotape filmmaker Errol Morris speaks with young Americans about the merits of voting and why some resist, from apathy to awkward family dinners.

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