• The Des Moines Register reports that "a unionization effort is underway among employees of Amazon.com's Iowa warehouses, with organizers threatening a strike.
"International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 238 Organizing Director Buzz Malone said Friday that he has been recruiting workers to organize since November. He said the union has approached '400 to 500' current or former employees, primarily tied to Amazon's distribution centers in Grimes and Iowa City … The union's announcement comes after Amazon quickly scaled up in the Des Moines metro and eastern Iowa last year. In addition to the Grimes and Iowa City distribution centers, Amazon opened a 1,000-employee fulfillment center in Bondurant in December."
• The Orange County Register reports that a new Amazon Fresh grocery store has opened in Fullerton, California, a 45,000 square foot unit that "offers the techy bells whistles Amazon customers have become accustomed to, such as geeked-out shopping carts that scan merchandise as customers put items in the basket. Alexa, the artificial intelligence assistant used in millions of American homes, also lives in the aisles, guiding shoppers to goods throughout the store."
The new Amazon Fresh virtually shares a parking lot with a Costco, the story points out.