Amazon.com 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 Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-lovers-says-amazoncom <p>It appears love is in the air in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.</p><p>The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:25:05 +0000 Martha Kang 13177 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com 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 Analyst Says Amazon Prices No Longer the Cheapest http://www.kplu.org/post/analyst-says-amazon-prices-no-longer-cheapest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s online retail giant Amazon has built its reputation on low prices. But now an analyst says Amazon is no longer the thriftiest retailer out there.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Amazon offers more stuff than most big-box retailers, but if you want a food processor or a knife set, Bed Bath &amp; Beyond is now cheaper, according to a new report by Anthony Chukumba, an analyst with BB&amp;T Capital Markets.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:07:50 +0000 Ashley Gross 9700 at http://www.kplu.org Analyst Says Amazon Prices No Longer the Cheapest Amazon.com Looks to Fill 7,000 Jobs in 13 States http://www.kplu.org/post/amazoncom-looks-fill-7000-jobs-13-states <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon.com Inc. is looking to fill 7,000 jobs in 13 states.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:16:36 +0000 The Associated Press 9449 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon.com Looks to Fill 7,000 Jobs in 13 States Amazon.com Posts 2Q Loss, Higher Revenue http://www.kplu.org/post/amazoncom-posts-2q-loss-higher-revenue <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Amazon.com is reporting a loss in the second quarter as higher revenue was not enough to make up for rising operating expenses.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that its loss was $7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the April-June quarter. That's down from earnings of $7 million, or 1 cent per share, a year ago.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:50:32 +0000 The Associated Press & Ashley Gross 9436 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon.com Posts 2Q Loss, Higher Revenue Amazon shareholders tell Bezos: Enough with the violent products http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-shareholders-tell-bezos-enough-violent-products-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once a year, Amazon shareholders have a chance to ask billionaire CEO Jeff </span>Bezos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anything they wish. At this year’s annual meeting, a number of them urged </span>Bezos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to stop selling brutal video games and other products that glorify violence.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:39:29 +0000 Ashley Gross 8879 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon shareholders tell Bezos: Enough with the violent products Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-makes-kindle-app-make-e-books-accessible-blind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amazon has released an app that makes it easier for the blind to read Kindle electronic books on iPhones. Advocates for blind people say it’s a significant step for a company that’s lagged other technology companies in making accessible products.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 17:07:09 +0000 Ashley Gross 8638 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind Amazon profit falls, but analyst says not to worry http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-profit-falls-analyst-says-not-worry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amazon’s first-quarter profit dropped 37 percent, but at least one analyst says that’s nothing to worry about; it's all part of Amazon's master plan to keep edging out competitors by investing deeply.</span></p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:47:48 +0000 Ashley Gross 8565 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon profit falls, but analyst says not to worry Next REI leader will have to confront the Amazon.com threat http://www.kplu.org/post/next-rei-leader-will-have-confront-amazoncom-threat <p></p><p>REI may soon need a new leader if CEO Sally Jewell is confirmed as Interior Secretary. The next person to lead the outdoor gear retailer will confront a threat from another Northwest company – Amazon.com.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7931 at http://www.kplu.org Next REI leader will have to confront the Amazon.com threat How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-are-employers-observing-martin-luther-king-jr-day <p></p><p>If you’re looking forward to a long weekend, you’re in the minority. The number of employers closing for business on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been inching up in recent years, but it’s still only 32 percent. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7560 at http://www.kplu.org How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-puget-sound-regional-economy-pretty-sunny <p>The national economy will continue to climb out of the recession this year, and the Puget Sound region is forecast to do even better. That’s the word from an economic forecast conference in Seattle.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:45:22 +0000 Ashley Gross 7533 at http://www.kplu.org Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility http://www.kplu.org/post/blind-protesters-march-amazon-over-kindle-accessibility <p></p><p>Dozens of visually impaired people with white canes and guide dogs protested outside Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle today. They say Amazon’s Kindle e-readers aren’t fully accessible to the blind<em>.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:45:55 +0000 Ashley Gross 7347 at http://www.kplu.org Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com http://www.kplu.org/post/national-federation-blind-protest-amazoncom <p><em>Update: </em>An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.</p><p>Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – <a href="https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-condemns-amazon%E2%80%99s-push-put-kindle-e-books-schools">are planning to protest at Amazon.com today</a>. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:54:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 7342 at http://www.kplu.org National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review http://www.kplu.org/post/mark-andersons-2012-technology-predictions-review <p></p><p>It's been nearly a year since <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson unveiled his predictions for 2012. Although the year's not over yet, it looks like things are going the way Mark said they would.</p><p>Mark and KPLU's&nbsp;Dave Meyer review the predictions on this month's edition of <em>The Digital Future</em>.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:08:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 7197 at http://www.kplu.org Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review