Amazon, which has taken heat for harnessing taxpayer funds to further its own gains, is attempting to pass on the cost of powering its massive data centers to consumers in the form of higher electric bill fees. According to Bloomberg, Virginia’s largest utility Dominion Energy, recently negotiated with state legislators to pass on the cost of running a power line underground to connect to one of the tech firm’s subsidiaries—to the tune of $172 million—to consumers in the form of an as-yet-unannounced monthly fee. Rosie Thomas, 87, who already struggles to pay her monthly $170 electric bill, said “Lord, have mercy” when she learned of the new fee. FACEBOOK ALLOWS LANDLORDS TO DISCRIMINATE IN HOUSING ADS, HUD CHARGES Amazon Web Services, the company’s highly-profitable cloud computing business, which runs websites and services for a wide range of firms including Verizon, Major League Baseball and Comcast, grew revenue by 49 percent in the … [Read more...] about Are you paying Amazon’s electricity bills?
If millennials were hoping to save enough money on avocado toast at Whole Foods to buy a house, they will be sorely disappointed in our first story of the morning: Amazon’s takeover has not slashed prices at the pricey chain. What else hasn’t been slashed lately? Property taxes in many Pennsylvania towns where school districts are looking to make up state funding gaps. Education spending is a hot topic between the state’s gubernatorial candidates as both Gov. Tom Wolf and opponent Scott Wagner attempt to paint themselves as school superheroes. Luckily, no one has worn a cape. Yet. — Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, [email protected]) Despite Amazon takeover, Whole Foods maintains its ‘whole paycheck’ reputation When Amazon bought Whole Foods Market last year, the partnership was met with glee by customers hoping to save big. Prices of some items were slashed, prompting cheers that you’d no longer need to fork over your whole … [Read more...] about Area Catholics react to grand jury report, Amazon keeps Whole Foods prices high
Amazon’s blockbuster deal to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion last August was met with much fanfare about lower prices. The internet giant, which has dominated the retail industry by undercutting its rivals, immediately slashed prices of some items after acquiring the notoriously expensive grocery chain. The cost of organic Fuji apples, for example, fell 43 percent on the first day of Amazon’s ownership. The quick cuts prompted some observers to assert that Whole Foods had officially shed its pricey reputation. “The days of ‘Whole Paycheck’ are over,” declared the Washington Post, the newspaper that has the same owner as the grocery, billionaire Jeff Bezos. One year later, though, shopping at Whole Foods will still cost you much of your paycheck — unless you’re an Amazon Prime member. Whole Foods prices have fallen modestly overall, and the grocery is still more expensive than much of its competition, research shows. … [Read more...] about A year after Amazon takeover, Whole Foods still hasn’t shed its whole paycheck status
When Amazon announced Thursday that it was offering free two-hour delivery of Whole Foods items through its Prime Now service to four cities, it promised delivery within an hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more. The announcement covering Whole Foods stores in Austin, Texas; Cincinnati; Dallas; and Virginia Beach, Va., was not a surprise here. At least four of the biggest chains — Wegmans, Giant, Acme, and ShopRite — say they have been dialing up their delivery game in the last year. “We of course pay attention to what’s happening in our industry, but pay much closer attention to our customers and our employees,” said Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale, who stopped short of naming Amazon. In December, Wegmans completed the rollout of its service with delivery firm Instacart, giving customers the option of completing their shopping online and having orders delivered in as little as an hour. The service is available in all six Northeast states it has stores in … [Read more...] about Philly grocery chains raise their delivery game to compete with Amazon’s Whole Foods
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Book Review Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by Nonfiction Buy Book ▾ Amazon Local Booksellers Barnes and Noble When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. ByErnesto Londoño Aug. 17, 2018 THE THIRD BANK OF THE RIVER Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon A year after Chris Feliciano Arnold traveled to Brazil, his country of birth, to cover the 2014 World Cup, he decided to return and tell a different, more hidden story. He reached out to a government press officer he had met in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, and received a message telling him, basically, to steer clear of the region and its people. The Amazon had become a violent wasteland, Arnold was warned. The official lamented that indigenous communities were withering as … [Read more...] about A Writer’s Trip Into the Amazon Reveals Brazil and Himself