This is your host, The Badger, providing you with the top Amazon news stories this week. Welcome to Amazon Weekly Digest!
This week, Google has cancelled its Lunar X space race, Lebron James becomes the youngest player to join the 30,000 point club, and many officials are still trying to bring Amazon’s new headquarters inside their city limits, including Ad Badger’s home: Austin, Texas.
The 5 billion dollar building would bring over 50,000 jobs to the Texas capital. That would almost double the 59,681 employees in Austin’s largest 100 tech companies. Austin has become a hotbed for tech companies with Dell being the largest tech employer with 13,000, Apple with 6,000, and IBM with over 5,000. Oracle recently built a massive cloud campus on the east side, bringing tech careers to Austin. Amazon already has a 900-employee presence in Austin, so why not tack on another 50k?
The Texas Tribune reported, “In a brief statement Thursday morning, Austin Mayor Steve Adler recognized that ‘mobility and affordability’ are among the city’s greatest challenges in attracting businesses like Amazon, and said the city council is focused on addressing those two concerns.”
Sorry Amazon sellers, Amazon seems to be raising fees for third-party sellers in the apparel niche, but lowering fees for jewelry sellers effective April 15. However, other niche sellers shouldn’t feel left out because Amazon plans to raise fees on February 22 for every item category.
As Amazon’s pharmacy team expands, some speculate it could open the door for suppliers to sell to Amazon customers and raise the price for drugs due to increased competition.
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