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•  USA Today reports that Amazon has ended its relationship with a number of small delivery companies around the country, which will have the result of some 1,205 drivers losing their jobs.

According to the story, "Amazon's contracted delivery providers are letting go of staff across several states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and New York. 

"An Amazon spokesperson told USA Today that the company continuously evaluates its delivery partnerships with privately owned small businesses, and the latest round of cuts isn't unusual."


•  Bloomberg reports that Amazon "is offering Seattle-based employees a choice of smaller offices outside the city, suggesting the Covid-19 outbreak and a new local employers tax have pushed the e-commerce giant to consider alternatives to its hometown."

Amazon asked employees in an email what communities near Seattle they might prefer to work in;  the story notes that "the company has threatened to focus employment growth outside Seattle due to a rocky relationship with city officials and new taxes imposed on big employers. The message suggests Amazon could significantly shrink its presence in its hometown, where it employs about 50,000 people in a mixture of offices it owns and leases."

Amazon already has said that employees can continue to work from home at least until January 2021.


•  The BBC reports that "online retail giant Amazon has launched an internet pharmacy in India, marking its entry into the country's online medicine market.

"Amazon Pharmacy will make its debut in Bangalore and it may be trialled in other Indian cities.  The move comes as the online drugs business has been given a major boost during the coronavirus pandemic."