Joseph Pisani

Government, Business

Retail Sales Rose 1.9% in September, the Fifth Consecutive Month of Growth

retail store Sales associates greet a customer at a store in San Francisco. (Michael Short /Bloomberg)

NEW YORK — Retail sales in the U.S. rose 1.9% in September, the 5th consecutive month of growth.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
October 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Retail Sales Rise for 4th Straight Month as Growth Slows

Retail growth slowed in August. Signage is displayed outside a Century 21 department store in New York on Sept. 14. The company filed for bankruptcy with plans to shut down. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Americans kept spending in August, but the pace of that growth is slowing as millions of people who lost jobs have now lost a $600-a-week boost in their unemployment checks.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
September 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Amazon’s Carbon Footprint Grows 15% Despite Green Pledges

A newly constructed Amazon fulfillment facility is seen in Dallas on May 20. A newly constructed Amazon fulfillment facility is seen in Dallas on May 20. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Amazon said June 23 that its carbon footprint rose 15% last year, even as it launched initiatives to reduce its harm on the environment.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
June 23, 2020
Business, Logistics

Amazon Profit Falls as Pandemic-Related Costs Rise

Amazon Go store A person wearing a mask jogs past an Amazon Go store April 30 in downtown Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

NEW YORK — Amazon’s sales soared in the first three months of the year, as more homebound people shopped online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
May 1, 2020
Business, Technology

Amazon Opens Cashier-Less Grocery Store in Seattle

Amazon grocery scanner A sign tells shoppers how to check in when they enter an Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Amazon is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, the latest sign that the online retailing giant is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
February 25, 2020
Business, Logistics

Where’s My Amazon Package? It May Be Late

Amazon packages Lynne Sladky/AP

NEW YORK — It’s just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon already  is having trouble getting packages to shoppers’ doorsteps on time.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
December 6, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon Looks to Hire 30,000

Amazon Mark Lennihan/Bloomberg News

Amazon is going on a hiring spree. The online shopping giant is holding job fairs across the country next week, aiming to hire more than 30,000 people by early next year, a 5% bump in its total workforce.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
September 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Scout, Amazon’s Self-Driving Delivery Robot, Heads to California

Amazon's self-driving robot Amazon via AP

Amazon said Aug. 6 that its six-wheeled self-driving robots, about the size of a smaller cooler, will begin delivering packages to customers in Irvine, Calif., after testing them in a suburb of Seattle earlier this year.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
August 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Says It Will Back Its Employees Who Quit Jobs to Start Delivery Businesses

Amazon The endless line of Amazon packages getting sorted and moved along a conveyor belt. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its own employees with a proposition: Quit your job, and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
May 14, 2019