U.S. In terms of pure symbolism, there may be no starker illustration of the transformation facing America’s retail industry than Amazon purchasing the sites of abandoned shopping malls and repurposing them as warehouses—or “fulfillment centers,” as the company likes to call them. Ohio is at the frontline of this changing landscape. Amazon has already bought two former shopping mall sites in the state over the past two years—purchasing the sites of both the North Randall Park Mall and the Euclid Square Mall in 2017. Now, with both reconstructions completed, local news outlet Beacon Journal has obtained development blueprints that strongly suggest that Amazon is planning a third: this time on the site of the former Rolling Acres Mall, which closed in 2008. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment. Photojournalist and author Seph Lawless, best known for documenting abandoned places all over the world, visited all three sites when they … [Read more...] about Death of Retail? Eerie Abandoned Malls Become Amazon Fulfillment Centers
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RUSKIN — Barbi Evans wears a Christmas reindeer-antler headband, her hands moving fast as she sorts toys inside a large yellow bin.While you’re sitting cozy at home, scrolling Amazon for your next holiday gift, Evans is at work finding spots for toys, trinkets and electronics that haven’t even been ordered yet inside Amazon’s million-square-foot warehouse in Ruskin. “I feel like I’m Santa’s helper,” said Evans, 61 of Riverview, as she scans a mini Batman action figure. With just more than a week before Christmas, Tampa Bay’s four-story Amazon fulfillment center is buzzing and loud. About 2,000 people share night and day shifts as they do their part to fill several million orders Amazon expects to deliver over the holiday season just from Ruskin, one of the company’s 75 distribution centers in North America.For a sense of scale: Amazon shipped 180 million items overall during the five-day period from Black Friday to Cyber … [Read more...] about What happens after you click ‘buy’ on Amazon: Inside Ruskin’s fulfillment center
By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Published 10:08 am PST, Friday, November 16, 2018 FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, a box for an Amazon prime customer moves through the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sacramento, Calif. This fulfillment center has been closed for nearly a week due to poor air quality in the region, resulting in a delay of packages to customers. less FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, a box for an Amazon prime customer moves through the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sacramento, Calif. This fulfillment center has been closed for nearly a week due to ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press Image 1 of / 38 Caption Close Image 1 of 38 FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, a box for an Amazon prime … [Read more...] about Amazon fulfillment center in Sacramento closed due to smoke; packages delayed
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Economy Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByNelson D. Schwartz and Michael Corkery Oct. 23, 2018 Half a century ago, a typical Sears salesman could walk out of the store at retirement with a nest egg worth well over a million in today’s dollars, feathered with company stock. A warehouse worker hired now at Amazon who stays until retirement would leave with a fraction of that. Much as Sears has declined in the intervening decades, so has the willingness of corporate America to share the rewards of success. Shareholders now come first and employees have been pushed to the back of the line. This shift is broader than a single company’s culture, reflecting deep changes in how business is now conducted in America. Winner-take-some has evolved into winner-take-most or -all, and in many cases publicly traded companies are concentrating … [Read more...] about When Sears Flourished, So Did Workers. At Amazon, It’s More Complicated.
Ted Evanoff Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 5:03 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Online retailer Amazon is about to jump into the ranks of Memphis’ 25 largest employers. The Seattle company will hire 1,500 full- and part-time workers to staff a pair of new distribution centers in southeast Memphis. Amazon disclosed the hiring plans Thursday for its sortation center and a separate building called the receives center. Open positions at the sortation center can be found online presently, while jobs in the receives center will be listed starting Tuesday. The company says job applications will be accepted only online at www.amazon.com/memphisjobs. Applicants can indicate a shift preference and select a time to attend a hiring event and orientation. Amazon says full-time workers receive healthcare benefits the day they begin employment plus up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, a 401(k) savings plan and company stock awards. Hourly employees may enroll in the Career Choice program. … [Read more...] about Amazon will hire 1,500 in Memphis at two distribution centers