caption Several Amazon drivers who spoke with Business Insider described a physically demanding work environment in which, under strict time constraints, they felt pressured to drive at dangerously high speeds, blow stop signs, and even urinate in bottles on their trucks. source Business Insider Business Insider spoke with 31 current or recently employed drivers about what it’s like to deliver packages for Amazon. Some drivers described a variety of alleged abuses, including lack of overtime pay, missing wages, intimidation, and favoritism. Many of these drivers also described a physically demanding work environment in which, under strict time constraints, they felt pressured to drive at dangerously high speeds, blow stop signs, and urinate in bottles on their trucks. The drivers we interviewed are managed by third-party courier companies that work out of Amazon facilities. Amazon … [Read more...] about Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of ‘free’ shipping
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Art & Design Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJason Farago Aug. 23, 2018 No young artist has a sharper view of the future than Cao Fei. Her dreamlike visions of China’s full-tilt economic development, and the social dislocation and environmental abasement that have come with it, were the most beguiling and unnerving parts of her acclaimed midcareer retrospective at MoMA PS1 in 2016. Ms. Cao, 40 (her full name is pronounced TSOW fay), revisits those themes with her new video work, “Asia One,” a mournfully beautiful hybrid of economic forecast and tragic love story, now on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the group exhibition “One Hand Clapping.” “Asia One” transports viewers to a high-tech warehouse near Shanghai, staffed by only two workers — a … [Read more...] about An Artist Warns of a Robot-Ruled Future. Or Is It Our Present? Let’s Discuss.
caption Amazon’s free Whole Foods delivery isn’t technically free. source Business Insider I tested Amazon’s free, two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores. I loved the convenience of the service but was shocked to find that it wasn’t technically free. The app tacks on an optional tip for the courier that cost me $18, on top of the $163 that I paid for the groceries. That means the service is only free if shoppers opt out of tipping their couriers. Amazon is now offering free, two-hour delivery of Whole Foods groceries to members of its paid Prime program in about 30 metro areas across the United States. The delivery offer, which will roll out to all stores this year, is one of the most highly touted changes that Amazon has brought to Whole Foods since purchasing the grocery chain in a $13.7 billion deal last year. I tested the service in Richmond, Virginia, … [Read more...] about I finally tried Amazon’s free, two-hour Whole Foods delivery, and I was shocked to discover it isn’t free
Last year, Kela Ivonye relocated from his home base in Louisville, Kentucky to Silicon Valley for an extended period of time to participate in not just one, but two startup accelerator programs. But even though the two-time founder appreciated the funding, mentorship, and partnerships he gained from these experiences, he was committed to returning to Louisville to build his startup, MailHaven. “We are really focused because we’re here [in Louisville],” says Ivonye, who returned home after completing the prestigious 500 Startups program at the end of 2017. “We find ourselves not getting jaded — being focused and solving real problems that are affecting people who live in this area, which is a demographic that is representative of a majority of America. Being in Louisville and working on this problem allows us to be well-grounded.” Ivonye is not a Louisville native — he emigrated from Nigeria to study spatial analysis and urban … [Read more...] about Why IoT startup MailHaven returned to Louisville after a Silicon Valley stint
Got a parcel in the pipeline whose delivery you are anxiously awaiting? Worry not, post and couriers aren't what they used to be — sending off a letter or item and having no clue about its destiny until it reaches you (or doesn't). Today, nearly all mail and parcel carriers have well-developed track and trace services that let you simply input a number and see the progress of your shipment as its delivery unravels. You can see it hop from destination to destination, enter and leave mail departments around the country or around the world, get handled by couriers and know when it's on its way to delivery. With the advent of mobile apps, parcel carriers leaped to the next tier of advancement. Their custom-made applications let smartphone users accomplish even more with just a device that fits in their palm. Pretty much everything that used to involve searching for a phone number, being put on hold, finally getting in touch with an operator and being caught in a confusing web of … [Read more...] about 10 up-to-date, fully featured mail and package tracking apps for Android phones