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Amazon to Offer Sunday Deliveries Through USPS

amazon304Buying books over the holidays just got easier for Amazon Prime members in New York and Los Angeles. Amazon has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to offer Sunday delivery.

The program is now available to Amazon Prime members in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. Amazon will extend this service to Prime members in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix, among other cities next year.

“If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for themSunday night,” stated Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service. “We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop onAmazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service.”


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Amazon to Acquire Kiva Systems

In a $775 million deal, Amazon will acquire Kiva Systems, a company that creates robotic tools for warehouses. The Fast Company video embedded above illustrates how Kiva robots work in a warehouse.

Will these new tools cut jobs? In his chilling essay, “Robots in 2015,” author Marshall Brain sees this new generation of robots as causing major unemployment problems in a few years. Check it out:

Competitive pressure will force Wal-mart, K-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, Toys R Us, Sears, J.C. Penny’s, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Max, Staples, Office Depot, Kroger’s, Winn-Dixie, Pet Depot and so on to adopt the same robotic inventory systems in their stores. The entire transition will happen in just five years or so. Any company that does not automate will be at such a pricing disadvantage that it will go out of business. Ten million unemployed workers dumped onto the job market over the course of five years will have a profound effect on the unemployment statistics in the United States. The problem is that this same sort of thing will be happening in every sector of the economy at a very rapid pace, dumping millions more unemployed workers onto the job market at the same time.

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Amazon To Open Fulfillment Centers In Pennsylvania & Indiana

Amazon is opening fulfillment centers in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania (which is near Allentown), as well as in Plainfield, Indiana.

The company is hiring hundreds of people for full time and seasonal employment in both of these new locations. Job seekers can apply for hourly positions at this link and management positions at this link.

Amazon’s VP of North American Operations Dave Clark attributed both openings to local government commitment. He stated: “We’re committed to growth in Pennsylvania because Governor Corbett and other state officials have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment.”

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Amazon To Close Texas Distribution Facility

New broke yesterday that Amazon will close an Irving, Texas distribution center and cancel plans to build more business in Texas–the bitter result of a dispute with Texas’ comptroller’s office over sales tax.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the state is fighting to get Amazon to pay $269 million in sales tax. The comptroller thinks that the state loses about $600 million in sales tax every year from Internet-based businesses.

What do you think? Dave Clark, Amazon’s VP of operations at the center, wrote a letter to employees: “We were previously planning to build additional facilities and expand in Texas, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs and tens of millions of investment dollars to the state, and we regret the need to reverse course.” (Via Publishers Weekly)