Monday, February 18, 2013

AMAZON International

Here's an amazing 30 minute story detailing Amazon's competitive business strategies, filmed during Christmas season in Germany.  -- Are you ready for it? 

It's been covered by the New York Times; when I find that reference, I'll paste it in below, since by new German law, this video can only stay live - online - until the beginning of March (2013).


A few questions to consider while watching this video:
  • How does Amazon recruit for the Christmas season?
  • Does Amazon these people hire directly?  (Why, or why not?)
  • Where do these people live?
  • Where do they eat?
  • How do they reach work?
  • Are they generally punctual?
  • What happens when they're not punctual?
  • What happens to the almost-new-hirees, who wait for Amazon to need them?
  • What did we learn about health care for these workers?
  • What happened to the person caught with an extra piece of bread?
  • What happened to the person who hung laundry on a heater to dry?x
  • What did we learn about the security firm Amazon uses in Germany?
  • Does one get the feeling that Amazon pays the required employer tax per employee?
  • What happened to the documentarians working on this film?

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