Amidst stocks drops (thanks to US trade sanctions
and Amazon being scrapped by FedEx
this week - announced by FedEx in June), reports
surfaced (read: leaked) this week that claim Amazon’s Echo devices are made by Chinese children who are put through horrific conditions at Foxxconn. Amazon responded by sending inspectors to assess the claims. Terrible if true but is being managed out more depressing? Possibly. The Times
also had a good but brief story about Amazon’s management practices. “Amazon uses an aggressive management programme that gives underperformers a stark choice: leave with a payout, or enter a stringent retraining regimen that carries the risk of a lower severance if they do not succeed.” Speaking with Vivienne Ming, a theoretical neuroscientist, who turned down a senior role at Amazon in 2016, the piece describes a roll that shows how clinical and cold Amazon needs to be as it strives for an automated workforce. Amazon’s response to The Times article? Ming, according to Amazon, “clearly misunderstood our focus on employee development. For some, Amazon is a long-term career and for others it’s a stepping stone on to an individual’s next big move. We celebrate and build programs for both.” Sure, Jan. Looking at the Drone plan/moves
Amazon made this week, the company is not playing around especially in light of other milestones
going on. Oh and Amazon Scout robots (or ‘Adora-bots’) have been deployed in California (see image above). Don’t believe the hype, just like Uber, the end goal for Amazon is to have as few whiney, breakable, litigious humans on the payroll as possible.