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May 9, 2003
YOUR May 1 article on Internet taxation was, in general, excellent. On behalf of Amazon.com, however, I would like to clarify one aspect of your characterization of Amazon's position on the imposition of tax collection obligations on online sellers. Your piece declares that "Amazon.com lobbies against online sales taxes claiming they would inhibit the growth of Internet commerce. " This is incorrect. Amazon.com has been an active participant in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project from its early stages.
NEWS
January 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Middletown town officials have approved the construction of a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center for Amazon.com. The mayor and council green-lighted the project on Classic Drive, near Levels Road, on Monday night. Mayor Ken Branner says the Seattle-based online retailer has indicated the warehouse will have about 850 year-round employees. The site is expected to aid the neighboring Cecil County, Md., economy, which has seen growth in distribution center employment.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2008 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
TV journalist Tim Russert's books have risen to the top of Amazon.com's sales chart since his death Friday. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life , in paperback, ranked No. 1, while Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons , was No. 2, over the 24-hour period through 3 p.m. yesterday, the largest online bookseller said. "Interest in Tim Russert's books has increased since his untimely death," said Tammy Hovey, Amazon's public relations manager for media products.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - Amazon.com, the world's biggest online retailer, is in talks to open two warehouses in New Jersey in a deal that could bring 1,500 full-time jobs to a state where unemployment has hovered around 9 percent. State Assembly Democratic Leader Louis D. Greenwald, who has been involved in the talks, said Amazon was seeking a 22-month sales-tax holiday - opposed by some retailers and at least one lawmaker. The Seattle-based online retailer is not required, as brick-and-mortar retailers are, to collect the 7 percent state sales tax for purchases.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Two more signs that Amazon.com is rattling competitors: Shares of QVC (Liberty Interactive), the West Chester-based shopping service, fell more than 20 percent Friday, after it reported women's clothing sales had fallen this summer just as Amazon.com rolled out its own women's clothing sales platform. After years of forcing department and big-box stores out of business, is Amazon "taking market share" from QVC? asked Barton Crockett, retail analyst for FBR Capital Markets, in an investor conference call Friday with QVC boss Michael George.
NEWS
September 20, 1999 | By Mike Madden, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
They have golf on their minds in Voorhees these days. Day trading is hot in Mount Holly. So is Harry Potter. In Plymouth Meeting, it's Star Wars, back pain and HTML that get people going. And everyone, everywhere, is trying to lose weight. "Purchase circles," the latest blend of high-tech Internet bells and whistles with old-fashioned salesmanship, debuted on Amazon.com last month in what the online book company calls an effort to serve customers better. The concept is pretty simple: Click on a town, company name or university and you can see what books, CDs and videos are selling particularly well there.
NEWS
September 5, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania and Amazon.com are being sued by the mother of a student who killed herself in 2013 with cyanide she allegedly purchased through the online retailer. Arya Singh, 20, a junior in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 8, 2013, after ingesting soluble cyanide crystals in her dorm room. Singh's life began to unravel after an alleged sexual assault in 2011 by a male student that she reported to authorities, the suit says. No charges were filed against the student, and he remained on campus.
NEWS
December 10, 1999 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From seemingly every corner came a low-level din. Conveyor belts whirred. Sorters chugged. Automatic labelers pressed on addresses with a steady ka-thunk, spitting out a new package every two seconds. Employees in sneakers and running shoes, computer printouts in hand, scurried among 152 aisles, grabbing books, CDs and videos. At noon Wednesday, a voice on the loudspeaker announced the hourly update: 2,317 orders received; 5,954 shipped. A cheer rang out. They were catching up on a backlog of orders at the company that claims to do things bigger, faster, better than anyone else.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amazon.com plans to open a new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Carteret, in central New Jersey, the company said in a statement Monday. The facility, together with an existing center in Robbinsville, will bring Amazon's total footprint in the state to 2.5 million square feet, the company said. The Carteret facility will create "hundreds" of full-time jobs when it opens, according to the company. Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso said in an e-mail that he could not give a more specific number of jobs or estimate of when the center would open.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2011
"WE'RE MAKING premium products and selling them at non-premium products prices," twice declared Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos this morning, as he took the wraps off several new tablet devices. On the surface, it appears Amazon.com is pricing the new hardware with little or no profit but is expecting to make it up on software sales. Customers will be locked into buying books, magazines, newspapers, movies, music, games and apps through Amazon.com's updated Kindle e-readers and its first color tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire.
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BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Two more signs that Amazon.com is rattling competitors: Shares of QVC (Liberty Interactive), the West Chester-based shopping service, fell more than 20 percent Friday, after it reported women's clothing sales had fallen this summer just as Amazon.com rolled out its own women's clothing sales platform. After years of forcing department and big-box stores out of business, is Amazon "taking market share" from QVC? asked Barton Crockett, retail analyst for FBR Capital Markets, in an investor conference call Friday with QVC boss Michael George.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2016 | WIRE SERVICES
Amazon.com has plans to take its Seattle brick-and-mortar bookstore experiment to hundreds of locations across the country, the chief executive of a huge national mall operator said Tuesday. In an earnings call with analysts, General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani said that Amazon's goal "is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores. " The executive was discussing how malls are still relevant to customers and actually complementary to booming e-commerce, because they are convenient places not only to browse merchandise but also to make in-store returns.
NEWS
September 5, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania and Amazon.com are being sued by the mother of a student who killed herself in 2013 with cyanide she allegedly purchased through the online retailer. Arya Singh, 20, a junior in the School of Nursing, died Feb. 8, 2013, after ingesting soluble cyanide crystals in her dorm room. Singh's life began to unravel after an alleged sexual assault in 2011 by a male student that she reported to authorities, the suit says. No charges were filed against the student, and he remained on campus.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amazon.com plans to open a new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Carteret, in central New Jersey, the company said in a statement Monday. The facility, together with an existing center in Robbinsville, will bring Amazon's total footprint in the state to 2.5 million square feet, the company said. The Carteret facility will create "hundreds" of full-time jobs when it opens, according to the company. Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso said in an e-mail that he could not give a more specific number of jobs or estimate of when the center would open.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Rachel La Corte, Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating $2.5 million to the campaign to defend Washington's same-sex marriage law. With the gift, Washington United for Marriage has raised more than $5 million for its referendum campaign. "It's a game changer for us," said campaign manager Zach Silk in Seattle. "It puts us in unique position to win. " But his group is still the underdog, he said. In 32 previous elections nationally, same-sex advocates have lost.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | Craig LaBan
Inspired now to host your own Brew-vitational? Jeff Alworth's Beer Tasting Tool Kit has all the gear and literature you need (down to brown paper bags and twine, in case you don't have any lying around) to conduct a proper blind tasting. In case you don't already know the lingo, the kit also comes with a handy "how to" booklet with a glossary, standards for different styles, and detailed scoring charts to note your every sip, swallow, and aftertaste. Beer Tasting Tool Kit by Jeff Alworth (Chronicle Books)
BUSINESS
April 22, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The story of P.K. Sindwani and his suburban Philadelphia bookstore is a saga of the beleaguered bookselling industry: good intentions, crazy times, and anyone's guess as to how things will turn out. For nearly two decades, Sindwani had done well at his shop near Ursinus College. But in 2010, with an anchor supermarket dying next door and the industry transforming at an exasperating pace, things got so tough that the onetime accountant and lifelong book lover was planning an exit strategy.
NEWS
February 26, 2012
Tired of being outsold by online retailers, earthbound merchants have convinced legislatures in five states to force Web-based sellers to collect and remit sales taxes. Twenty others are working on similar laws. Now, it's time for New Jersey to join the trend and stop forgoing hundreds of millions of dollars in Web-derived tax revenue that it can use to meet its budget while protecting local businesses. Online retailers have an unfair advantage over florists, appliance stores, clothiers, music and gift shops, and other local businesses.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - Amazon.com, the world's biggest online retailer, is in talks to open two warehouses in New Jersey in a deal that could bring 1,500 full-time jobs to a state where unemployment has hovered around 9 percent. State Assembly Democratic Leader Louis D. Greenwald, who has been involved in the talks, said Amazon was seeking a 22-month sales-tax holiday - opposed by some retailers and at least one lawmaker. The Seattle-based online retailer is not required, as brick-and-mortar retailers are, to collect the 7 percent state sales tax for purchases.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Online retail giant Amazon.com has won local approvals to build a million-square-foot "fulfillment center," with 850 full-time workers and up to 2,500 seasonal jobs, on 78 acres in Middletown, Del., a half-hour south of Wilmington. Delaware promised Amazon $7 million in road improvements and job-training grants to help attract the facility, said Gov. Jack Markell 's spokesman, Brian Selander . Middletown "gave them 10 years' tax abatement, free and clear," town manager Morris Deputy told me. The municipality will make some money by selling Amazon water and electricity from its publicly owned utilities, "and there's benefits to the restaurants and satellite businesses and hopefully a bump for some of our homebuilders.
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