May 13, 2019

Amazon's army

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In its race to get to one-day shipping, Amazon is offering to pay its own employees 3 month's salary and up to $10,000 in startup costs to quit their jobs and launch startups delivering for ... Amazon.

Driving the news: "[M]ore than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since it launched the program last June, says Amazon's vice president of global delivery services John Felton," according to the AP. Amazon hopes to start hundreds more this year. The program is open to anyone, but the incentives are just for Amazon staff.

Why it matters: It’s becoming increasingly clear that Amazon wants to own the entirety of the e-commerce process.

  • They’ve got the store, they’re filling it with private label products, and they want to take charge of the delivery.
  • With one-day shipping, they’re upping the ante for all their competitors and making Prime an even stickier service.
  • They’re already turning their shipping prowess into a service, working to transform what used to be a cost for them into a source of revenue.

The big picture: Amazon is undoubtedly threatening the big shipping players if it gets into shipping.

  • This could reduce its use of UPS and FedEx, and even take away additional business from them.
  • They’ve got data UPS, USPS, FedEx would love to have, after making billions of decisions about which carrier, which truck and which route each package should take to get to doorsteps the fastest.
  • UPS statement: "Amazon is a good customer, but e-commerce offers many opportunities beyond Amazon ... We’re building innovative solutions and partnering with e-commerce leaders to serve small, medium and large businesses around the world."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 710,918 — Total deaths: 33,551 — Total recoveries: 148,900.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 135,499 — Total deaths: 2,381 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
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Trump touts press briefing "ratings" as U.S. coronavirus case surge

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President Trump sent about a half-dozen tweets on Sunday touting the high television ratings that his coronavirus press briefings have received, selectively citing a New York Times article that compared them to "The Bachelor" and "Monday Night Football."

Why it matters: The president has been holding daily press briefings in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, but news outlets have struggled with how to cover them live — as Trump has repeatedly been found to spread misinformation and contradict public health officials.

World coronavirus updates: Total cases surge to over 700,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now than more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 32,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Saturday he would issue a "strong" travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.

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