Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City - The New York Times


12 bookmarks. First posted by stevek 15 days ago.


Amazon Everywhere For most people, it’s the click that brings a package to their door. But a look at Baltimore shows how Amazon may now reach into Americans’…
from instapaper
6 days ago by adamthelibrarian
Amazon is everywhere, part 1.
amazon 
8 days ago by djtrischler
“That Amazon convenience comes at a big price,” said Mr. Tucker, noting that he welcomed the antitrust inquiries down the road in Washington. The price is paid, he said, not just by local dealers but by their myriad business connections, from cleaning services to gas stations, eroding local employment.

“It doesn’t matter that the local business served you and helped you with your problems for years and years,” he said. “Amazon does whatever it takes to crush the competition.”...

Amazon just opened a second Baltimore delivery station. Every such station Amazon opens, said Marc Wulfraat, a supply chain consultant, means that about 40,000 packages a day, previously delivered by the United States Postal Service and other carriers, shift to Amazon’s own operation....

But the most profitable part of Amazon’s operations has nothing to do with the clamor of warehouses, airports and trucks. All but invisible to the public, Amazon Web Services hums quietly in the background of a huge and growing slice of American life....

“With Amazon we can rely on their servers in those places,” he said. “That’s cheaper.” T. Rowe Price can increase or decrease its use of A.W.S. services at any time, paying only for what it uses. And there are hundreds of applications built on A.W.S. offering specialized services, from database management to artificial intelligence....

Like independents making a comeback around the country, the Ivy sells books at full price, making its success all the more striking. Customers will pay $30 for a book they might get with a click for $20 online, in part because they don’t like the world they believe Amazon is building, said Emma Snyder, the shop’s owner.

“There’s much more consciousness of supporting a bookstore and specifically not using Amazon,” Ms. Snyder said. “Part of what people don’t like is that Amazon debases the value of things. We’re commercial spaces, but we fundamentally exist to feed and nurture people’s souls.”
amazon  logistics  labor  data_centers 
8 days ago by shannon_mattern
Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City via
from twitter
11 days ago by dtomoff
Baltimore’s pleading pitch last year to become an additional headquarters city for Amazon, promising a whopping $3.8 billion in subsidies, did not even make the second round of bidding. But Amazon’s presence here shows how the many-armed titan may now reach into Americans’ daily lives in more ways than any corporation in history. If antitrust investigators want to sample Amazon’s impact on the ground, they could well take a look here.
amazon  antitrust  baltimore  privacy  labor 
13 days ago by perich
Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City - The New York Times
from twitter_favs
13 days ago by brunoboutot
For most people, it’s the click that brings a package to their door. But a look at Baltimore shows how Amazon may now reach into Americans’ daily existence in more ways than any corporation in history.
Archive 
14 days ago by plouf
Amazon Everywhere For most people, it’s the click that brings a package to their door. But a look at Baltimore shows how Amazon may now reach into Americans’…
from instapaper
15 days ago by barbudo
AWS via AWS Cloud https://ift.tt/309RRwm Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City  The New York Times
LECTURAS  FEEDLY 
15 days ago by stevek