Welcome back! In today’s post I will give some more background information on Amazon.
They are “an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the world by total sales and market capitalization” (Wikipedia).
As one can read at the official Amazon webpage, “Around the world, there are millions of sellers, authors, and developers using Amazon products and services to reach new customers, publish their books, and build and grow their businesses. And they are supported every day by more than 240,000 Amazon employees”. They are big multi-billion company that not only hires many people, but also sells to many customers all over the World. “Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico” (Wikipedia).
Amazon customers have many good opinions, especially because of their how quick and convenient they are. But, as such a huge corporation, Amazon brings a lot of attention to its actions. Since the beginning, the company has attracted criticism and controversy coming from multiple different sources. Some of them include: poor warehouse conditions for workers; anti-unionization efforts; works containing libel, facilitating dogfight, cockfight, or pedophile activities; and finally price discrimination (“Price discrimination is a microeconomic pricing strategy where identical or largely similar goods or services are transacted at different prices by the same provider in different markets” (Wikipedia).
While looking for their background information, I kept reading about how poorly Amazon treats their employees. They are often criticized by both their current employees, as well as their previous ones. In 2011 it was publicized that “at the Breinigsville, Pennsylvania warehouse, workers had to carry out work in 100 °F (38 °C) heat, resulting in employees becoming extremely uncomfortable and suffering from dehydration and collapse. Loading-bay doors were not opened to allow in fresh air as “managers were worried about theft”. And that’s just one of many controversies surrounding their unethical actions towards workers!
One of positive changes occurring in Amazon is the fact that now they are giving 6 weeks of paid leave for new mothers and fathers. “This change includes birth parents and adoptive parents and can be applied in conjunction with existing maternity leave and medical leave for new mothers”. But one might question, is it out of concern for their workers, or is it an effort to make up for their other terrible actions.
After reading about all of this- doesn’t it make you wonder if Amazon really is as great as they initially appear to be? It definitely makes me feel a lot less enthusiastic to buy products from them. Because if a company treats their workers so terribly, what would stop them from lying about their product’s quality or prices?
Stay tuned for more information, and to find out what Amazon has to say about all of that.
Thanks for reading!