Aug 11, 2018

U.K. ad authority to rule on Amazon's "misleading" Prime delivery

Packaged Amazon Prime items in the Amazon Fulfilment centre in Peterborough, England. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

After Amazon missed deliveries across the country, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will rule this week whether the retail giant's 2-day Prime delivery claims are misleading and will stop allowing the company to promise one-day delivery to its customers, according to The Times U.K.

Why it matters: The ultra-fast, one to two day delivery is a hallmark of Amazon’s pitch to customers and forced the industry to match this in order to compete with it. So whether or not it lives up to it is a big deal for Amazon, and by not living up to the delivery promise, the company puts its U.K. customer base at risk. According to the Times, Amazon brought substantial criticism in the country after paying only £1.7 million in taxes on revenues of £2 billion.

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.