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· Amazon’s Delayed Prime Day Scores Big
… since the Prime Day promotion began at Whole Foods on Sept. 29, store visitation increased by about 8% above average…
· U.S. senators question Amazon on concerns it tracks employees, limits unionization
… Democratic senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand asked the company for details…
Amazon’s Delayed Prime Day Scores Big
By Thad Rueter, Progressive Grocer
This year’s pandemic-delayed Amazon Prime Day has brought in more than $3.5 billion worth of third-party sales in the United States and 18 other countries, according to the e-commerce operator. That’s a nearly 60% percent increase from last year.
Prime has more than 150 million paid members, and such consumers also drove some $900 million in sales for small businesses via the event — a figure achieved amid Amazon’s ongoing marketplace charm offensive. This Prime Day delivered the two biggest days ever for third-party sellers, nearly all of which are small and medium-sized businesses. Top-selling categories for third-party sellers include bedding, wireless accessories, nutrition and wellness, arts, crafts and sewing, and health care.
Prime Day took place this year Oct. 13-14. Last year’s event took place in July.
"This year's Prime Day exceeded all of our expectations. On day one, we saw a 700% lift in units sold, leading to a record sales day for us,” said Caron Proschan, founder and CEO of Simply Gum, natural chewing gum and mint company based in New York. “Prime Day has become one of the most important events of the year for us as a small business, not only for its sales boost, but also as a way for us to build awareness with new customers."
Prime members earned tens of millions of dollars in Amazon.com credits from this year’s Spend $10, Get $10 Prime Day promotion while shopping Whole Foods Market, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Go, Amazon Go Grocery, Amazon Books, Amazon Pop Up and Amazon 4-star stores.
According to Los Angeles-based consumer intelligence firm InMarket, since the Prime Day promotion began at Whole Foods on Sept. 29, store visitation increased by about 8% above average — an indication of the wide impact of Prime Day even in this year of the pandemic.
During the two-week lead-up to Prime Day, Holiday Favorites was the most popular holiday station and 50 Great Holiday Songs, Christmas Classics and Caroling at Christmas were the most streamed holiday playlists for Amazon Music listeners on the Prime tier in the United States — a sign of how Prime Day served as an on-ramp to the 2020 holiday shopping season.
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U.S. senators question Amazon on concerns it tracks employees, limits unionization
By Nandita Bose, Reuters
via Yahoo Finance - October 15, 2020
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday sent a letter to Amazon.com Inc's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, demanding answers over the company's alleged moves to track and monitor employees and limit unionization efforts.
Democratic senators Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand asked the company for details on the steps it takes to discourage workers from organizing, how it tracks workers who participate in strikes and the law firms Amazon contracts with for union avoidance.
"The fact that Amazon has decided to heavily invest in systems to retaliate against freedom of expression about unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, and to refer to organizing and workers' rights mobilization efforts as threats against the company equal to those posed by hate groups and terrorism, is unacceptable," the letter led by senator Brian Schatz said.
In September, a research paper from the Open Markets Institute, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, also claimed Amazon relies on extensive worker surveillance to boost employee output and potentially limit unionization efforts around the United States.
The letter from the lawmakers on Thursday referenced several media articles that have reported similar actions taken by the retailer.
Earlier this month, Amazon said more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers contracted the coronavirus...