Tipsheet: Amazon Bribery Scheme | Patagonia CEO Q&A | Bass Pro/19th Hole


Will this former Safeway store in Bellevue be a future Amazon retail location? at GeekWire. “The company has so far confirmed eight Amazon Fresh grocery stores: five in Southern California, and three in Illinois. For the record, Amazon declined to comment Wednesday when we asked about the Bellevue site.” Read more


Patagonia’s new CEO talks about the future of the beloved brand at Fast Company. Q&A


Amazon appeals product liability ruling to CA Supreme Court, citing ‘potentially vast blast radius’ at GeekWire. “The company’s petition for review, filed Tuesday, argues that the appeals court took an “unprecedented leap” when it found that Amazon was not shielded from liability for a replacement laptop battery that allegedly exploded several months after purchase, causing severe injuries to the plaintiff in the suit, Angela Bolger.” Read more


Amazon will make it easier to buy sustainable products with new climate label at The Verge. “Amazon is launching a new environmental program called Climate Pledge Friendly that will label certain products that meet one of 19 certifications for sustainability.” Read more


Four ex-eBay workers to plead guilty to cyberstalking at NY Post. “Four former eBay workers have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter they viewed as critical of the e-commerce company.” Read more


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Payne’s Valley: What went behind Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris’ design on the breathtaking 19th hole at Springfield News-Leader. “The course was designed by (Tiger) Woods, but the 19th hole was a special one designed by the Bass Pro Shops CEO…”I’m very proud of the last hole because it connects people to nature and it’s a lot of fun,” Morris told the News-leader.” Pics/Read more


Amazon Expected to Unveil More Alexa, Smart-Home Devices at Wall Street Journal. “Amazon on Thursday is expected to announce new devices aimed at expanding its home-security products and line of Echo smart speakers featuring its Alexa voice assistant. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the tech giant is planning a virtual event for select viewers beginning at 1 p.m. ET in place of an event with an audience that has generally been held in the past at its Seattle headquarters.” WSJ subs.


How an Amazon Bribery Scheme Became a $100 Million Swindle at Bloomberg. “It sounds like the plot of a made-for-Netflix crime drama. A Brooklyn businessman stuffs $8,000 in cash in a suitcase and calls an Uber to send it to accomplices. Hundreds of thousands of dollars crisscross the globe via MoneyGram, PayPal, and foreign bank accounts in a plot to swindle more than $100 million from the world’s most valuable internet retailer and its customers. But it’s the real-life story of a small ring of e-commerce consultants and former Inc. employees who federal prosecutors say bribed Amazon workers…” Tiered subs.


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