Business, Equipment, Fuel

Rivian Dispute With Seat Supplier Could Delay Production of Amazon Vans

An Amazon Rivian electric delivery van at the company's manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill. An Amazon Rivian electric delivery van at the company's manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill. (Jamie Kelter Davis/Bloomberg News)

Rivian Automotive Inc. fell almost 7% May 16 on word the electric vehicle startup is in a dispute with a key seat supplier that could jeopardize its delivery van contract with patron Amazon .com Inc.

Sean O'Kane | Bloomberg News
May 16, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Private

New York Appeals Court Dismisses Suit Against Amazon

New York Attorney General Letitia James New York Attorney General Letitia James filed the suit, which claimed that Amazon illegally retaliated against workers who spoke up about poor safety conditions in its warehouses. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

NEW YORK — An appeals court in New York dismissed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit against Amazon over its coronavirus safety protocols and a former employee who led the successful union organizing effort on Staten Island.

Haleluya Hadero | Associated Press
May 10, 2022
Government, Business

Amazon Workers in NYC Reject Union in a Reversal of Fortune

Amazon Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island in New York City overwhelmingly rejected a union bid on May 2, dealing a blow to organizers who last month pulled off the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history.

Haleluya Hadero | Associated Press
May 2, 2022
Business, Technology, Private

Amazon to Shutter Six Whole Foods Stores

Whole Foods A shopper at a Whole Foods in Ohio. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News) Inc. will close six Whole Foods Market locations in four states, almost two months after shutting dozens of bookstores and gift shops around the country.

May 2, 2022
Business, Logistics, Private

Amazon Falls, Projects Slower Growth as Online Sales Stall

Packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center Packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. projected sluggish second-quarter sales growth, as consumers reduce their online spending amid rising inflation and a return to pre-pandemic activities. The shares plunged about 10% in extended trading.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
April 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon to Invest $1 Billion in Logistics, Robotics Companies

Amazon Robots sort and transport packages at the Amazon Air Hub in Hebron, Ky. (Jeffrey Dean/Bloomberg News) Inc. says it plans to invest $1 billion in companies developing technologies in logistics, supply chain management and safety, as the retailer seeks to keep an eye on new ideas that might aid its core business.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
April 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Private

Amazon Targets Shopify With New ‘Buy With Prime’ Service

Amazon Jim Young/Bloomberg News Inc. said it will let merchants sell products they list with the e-commerce giant directly from their own websites, as part of a move to blunt the momentum of fast-growing competitor Shopify Inc.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
April 21, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire, Private, TCA

Amazon, UPS’ Biggest Customer, Is Also Its Biggest Competitive Threat

A UPS driver leaves from a UPS facility in Landover, Md. A UPS driver leaves from a UPS facility in Landover, Md. (Alex Wong/Getty Images via Tribune News Agency)

Amazon delivered more than 5 billion packages in the U.S. in 2021, while UPS delivered roughly 5.5 billion U.S. packages, according to company figures and industry estimates. Amazon has said it could surpass UPS this year, and it’s not alone in that prediction.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 14, 2022
Business, Logistics, TCA

Air Cargo Becoming a More Feasible Freight Alternative

An Amazon Prime Air cargo plane Recent purchases will grow Amazon's air fleet to more than 80 cargo planes. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Manufacturers, retailers and seafood distributors have increasingly turned to air cargo planes to transport products — a more expensive, but faster and more reliable alternative to longhaul trucks, trains and ocean vessels often bogged down by current supply chain problems.

Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics, Private

Amazon CEO Jassy Wants to Improve Warehouse Safety

Amazon's Andy Jassy Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said it was employees’ choice whether they want to join a union but believes they’re better off not doing so. (Isaac Brekken/Associated Press)

In his first letter to Amazon shareholders, CEO Andy Jassy offered a defense of the wages and benefits the company gives its warehouse workers while also vowing to improve injury rates inside the facilities.

April 14, 2022