Amazon http://www.kplu.org en TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card http://www.kplu.org/post/turbotax-offers-taxpayers-option-getting-refund-amazon-gift-card <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From car dealers to appliance stores, businesses know tax refund season is an important time of year. The average tax refund so far this year is $3,200 and more than three-quarters of taxpayers get a refund.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's Amazon.com undoubtedly gets a boost already from that influx of cash. But this year, the company is aiming for more.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13953 at http://www.kplu.org TurboTax Offers Taxpayers Option Of Getting Refund In Amazon Gift Card First Union Vote At An Amazon Warehouse In The U.S. Fails http://www.kplu.org/post/first-union-vote-amazon-warehouse-us-fails Employees at an Amazon.com facility have decided against forming a labor union. The vote last night was the first of its kind in Amazon's history.<p>The Seattle-based online retailer employs more than 100,000 people worldwide, and the union would have comprised only about 30 maintenance and repair technicians at a warehouse in Delaware. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:42:06 +0000 Emily Siner 12660 at http://www.kplu.org First Union Vote At An Amazon Warehouse In The U.S. Fails Seattle Planners OK 3 Globes at Amazon.com HQ http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-planners-ok-3-globes-amazoncom-hq <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for Amazon.com in downtown Seattle.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The <a href="http://www.djc.com/news/ae/12060216.html" target="_blank">Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports</a> the connected globes will range from 80 to 95-feet tall and house retail space open to the public.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:36:04 +0000 The Associated Press 11549 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Planners OK 3 Globes at Amazon.com HQ Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season http://www.kplu.org/post/pads-trump-smartphones-holiday-season <p></p><p>T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Strategic News Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;publisher Mark Anderson.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:09:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 11235 at http://www.kplu.org Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver on Sundays http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-us-postal-service-will-deliver-sundays <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas at first. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:17:24 +0000 The Associated Press 10968 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver on Sundays New Amazon Shopping Site Supports Charity http://www.kplu.org/post/new-amazon-shopping-site-supports-charity <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers' purchase amounts to charity.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Amazon.com Inc. launched the site, smile.amazon.com, on Wednesday. The world's largest online retailer says people will find the same items and the same prices that they would on its regular site or mobile app, with some exceptions.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:00:02 +0000 The Associated Press 10720 at http://www.kplu.org New Amazon Shopping Site Supports Charity Amazon Narrows 3Q Loss as Sales Jump 24 Pct http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-narrows-3q-loss-sales-jump-24-pct <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon.com says that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as revenue grew 24 percent to more than $17 billion.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Seattle-based online retailer also said Thursday that it expects growth in its fourth-quarter revenue, indicating confidence as it enters the key holiday shopping season.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:54:06 +0000 Ashley Gross & The Associated Press 10638 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon Narrows 3Q Loss as Sales Jump 24 Pct Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-hire-70000-seasonal-workers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The world&#39;s largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year&#39;s 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:09:39 +0000 The Associated Press 10221 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon Unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 Live Help http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-unveils-kindle-fire-hdx-247-live-help <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon is refreshing its lineup of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions also have sharper, more colorful displays than older models, and both have more pixels per inch than the latest iPad.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:10:21 +0000 Ryan Nakashima 10131 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon Unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 Live Help Amazon adds Dora the Explorer, other kids' shows with Viacom deal http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-adds-dora-explorer-other-kids-shows-viacom-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amazon has signed a deal with Viacom for online rights to hundreds of TV shows. But the most important shows are ones geared toward kids.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:18:45 +0000 Ashley Gross 8989 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon adds Dora the Explorer, other kids' shows with Viacom deal Why Amazon supports an online sales-tax bill http://www.kplu.org/post/why-amazon-supports-online-sales-tax-bill If you:<p><strong>1.</strong> Live in a state that charges sales tax<p>and<p><strong>2.</strong> Buy something from an online store that does not charge you sales tax,<p>then you are supposed to:<p><strong>3.</strong> Calculate the sales tax yourself and add it onto your annual state tax bill.<p>Not surprisingly, as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/04/16/177384487/most-people-are-supposed-to-pay-this-tax" target="_blank">we reported</a> last week, almost no one actually does this.<p>As online retailing has grown, sales tax has been a growing issue for state governments, which say b Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:31:31 +0000 8494 at http://www.kplu.org Why Amazon supports an online sales-tax bill Microsoft promises a 'major' announcement; What will it be? http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-promises-major-announcement-what-will-it-be <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpzu3HM2CIo</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:16:30 +0000 5311 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft promises a 'major' announcement; What will it be? 'Huge victory' - Amazon drops ALEC, will spend millions on AC http://www.kplu.org/post/huge-victory-amazon-drops-alec-will-spend-millions-ac <p><em>&quot;Today we saw a huge victory...&quot;</em></p><p>Michelle&nbsp;Wilson, a Senior Vice President at Amazon, told shareholders at the company&rsquo;s annual meeting today in Seattle that Amazon would drop its support for the controversial group ALEC because the public policy organization had made decisions unrelated to Amazon&rsquo;s business.</p><p>Jeff Bezos, Amazon&#39;s founder and CEO, also told shareholders that the company would spend $52 million to add air-conditioning to its packaging facilities this year.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:30:10 +0000 Ashley Gross & Jake Ellison 5090 at http://www.kplu.org 'Huge victory' - Amazon drops ALEC, will spend millions on AC In a season of protests, Amazon prepares for annual meeting http://www.kplu.org/post/season-protests-amazon-prepares-annual-meeting <p>With the Occupy Seattle protests having morphed into a <a href="http://kplu.org/post/protesters-stage-mock-foreclosure-wells-fargo-bank">movement targeting banks</a> and companies that protesters believe do not live up to progressive ideals, the local protest movement self-dubbed &ldquo;<a href="http://www.workingwa.org/2012/05/19/launch-week-of-action-ahead-of-amazon-shareholder-meeting-on-may-th/">Working Washington</a>&rdquo; says it will be at Amazon&rsquo;s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in force.</p><p>And, with continual protests focusing on its Seattle offices, as Seattle tech blog <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/">Geekwire</a> reports, the company is warning protesters to stay off its property.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 23:48:42 +0000 Jake Ellison 5068 at http://www.kplu.org In a season of protests, Amazon prepares for annual meeting Greenpeace protests cloud servers at Amazon in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/greenpeace-protests-cloud-servers-amazon-seattle <p>Calling attention to its recent study showing server farms, the basis for cloud computing, consume as much electricity as small cities, Greenpeace this morning put up a sign on Amazon&#39;s new building in Seattle:</p><p>&quot;How green is your cloud?&quot;</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:06:28 +0000 Jake Ellison 4801 at http://www.kplu.org Greenpeace protests cloud servers at Amazon in Seattle