Some workers, "pickers", who travel the building with a trolley and a handheld scanner "picking" customer orders can walk up to 15 miles during their workday and if they fall behind on their targets, they can be reprimanded. The handheld scanners give real-time information to the employee on how fast or slowly they are working; the scanners also serve to allow Team Leads and Area Managers to track the specific locations of employees and how much "idle time" they gain when not working. In a German television report broadcast in February 2013, journalists Diana Löbl and Peter Onneken conducted a covert investigation at the distribution center of Amazon in the town of Bad Hersfeld in the German state of Hessen. The report highlights the behavior of some of the security guards, themselves being employed by a third party company, who apparently either had a neo-Nazi background or deliberately dressed in neo-Nazi apparel and who were intimidating foreign and temporary female workers at its distribution centers. The third party security company involved was delisted by Amazon as a business contact shortly after that report.
Anova makes the best sous vide cooker, also called an immersion circulator, that we've ever tested. It even has Bluetooth so you can control it from your living room. It originally cost $180, but has been hovering between $110-$125 for the past few months. Right now the price has dipped down below $100, making it the perfect time to try sous vide for yourself.
As one of its daily deals, Jos. A. Bank discounts a selection of its Jos. A. Bank men's dress shirts to $19 $19.97 (Traveler Collection Slim Fit Dress Shirt pictured). Plus, Bank Account Rewards members get free shipping. (Not a member? It's free to join.) It's not the lowest price we've seen on most of these shirts, but each style is still discounted by a substantial $51; stock is also better than usual for these sales. Deal ends today.
Doramile Direct via Amazon offers its Doramile 35-Liter Packable Hiking Backpack in Black for $18.99. Coupon code "50HJT1J7" cuts that to $9.49. With free shipping for Prime members, that's $10 off and tied with last month's mention as the lowest price we've seen. It folds into a zipped inner pocket for storage and features an integrated rainfly, adjustable chest strap with whistle buckle, and padded shoulder straps. Deal ends November 30.
More teenagers are using Prime membership, too, according to the survey. Prime adoption is at 74%, up from 66% last year. This is in line with the rise of Prime membership penetration across American households. Piper Jaffray estimates that a little over 80 million households are Prime users, up from a high of 70 million in the spring. Another research firm, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, has estimated that Amazon Prime reached 97 million U.S. members in September.
The Amazon sales rank (ASR) provides an indication of the popularity of a product sold on any Amazon locale. It is a relative indicator of popularity that is updated hourly. Effectively, it is a "best sellers list" for the millions of products stocked by Amazon. While the ASR has no direct effect on the sales of a product, it is used by Amazon to determine which products to include in its bestsellers lists. Products that appear in these lists enjoy additional exposure on the Amazon website and this may lead to an increase in sales. In particular, products that experience large jumps (up or down) in their sales ranks may be included within Amazon's lists of "movers and shakers"; such a listing provides additional exposure that might lead to an increase in sales. For competitive reasons, Amazon does not release actual sales figures to the public. However, Amazon has now begun to release point of sale data via the Nielsen BookScan service to verified authors. While the ASR has been the source of much speculation by publishers, manufacturers, and marketers, Amazon itself does not release the details of its sales rank calculation algorithm. Some companies have analyzed Amazon sales data to generate sales estimates based on the ASR, though Amazon states:
Amazon's state sales tax collection policy has changed over the years since it did not collect any sales taxes in its early years. In the U.S., state and local sales taxes are levied by state and local governments, not at the federal level. In most countries where Amazon operates, a sales tax or value added tax is uniform throughout the country, and Amazon is obliged to collect it from all customers. Proponents of forcing Amazon.com to collect sales tax—at least in states where it maintains a physical presence—argue the corporation wields an anti-competitive advantage over storefront businesses forced to collect sales tax.
BizRate allows customers to find the best prices, set price alerts and search through countless deals on their price comparison search engine. Whether customers are looking for a specific product or to scroll through collections, BizRate’s platform offers a great variety of product deals. When it comes to the best price comparison shopping engines, BizRate is definitely high up on the list. This is because of its user friendly website and wide range of results. A few features that make BizRate stand out include the option to download links to PDF user manuals for hundreds of devices and gadgets. It also has a price alert feature, which is quite simple to use. All you have to do is enter your email address and a price threshold, and BizRate will notify you whenever the price of your selected product has fallen within your alert range.
Prime membership will set you back $12.99/£7.99 per month ($6.49 if you're a student) or $119/£79 annually. But if you're not a Prime subscriber already and don't want to commit, you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial and you'll be eligible for Lightening deals (as well as all the other Prime benefits). You can then cancel any time within that 30 days with no strings attached. Just don’t sign up yet – wait until 1st November.
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During Amazon's Cyber Monday Deals Week, you'll find the best deals on popular holiday products and gift items for a whole week, not just one day. Amazon is known for its incredible selection of merchandise, and for an entire week you can find deals in every category. Get free Amazon gift cards with select orders. To stay on top of the sales, download the Amazon mobile app, sign up for emails, like Amazon on Facebook and follow @amazondeals on Twitter.