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Whole Foods Wage Increase Leads to Shorter Hours

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Ridgewood NJ, something for New Jersey low wage workers to look forward too. In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods which it purchased in 2017.

All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1-an-hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2-an-hour increase.

But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the UK Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees.

“My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois.

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Why Amazon Didn’t Choose NJ

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The following editorial by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) on Amazon’s rejection of New Jersey’s proposal to host a new headquarters was published on Feb. 25, 2019 in the Asbury Park Press:

A whopping 238 cities across the United States sought to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2.” Of all city applicants, Newark, New Jersey offered Amazon the largest tax benefits in the country. Regardless of being one of twenty cities to make the final cut, Newark was passed over by Amazon not once, but twice. It speaks volumes that a package of tax incentives totaling $7 billion could not entice Amazon to choose New Jersey.

Our state’s prime geographic location, diverse workforce, state-of-the-art infrastructure, convenient transportation, and best-in-the-nation schools should have made the Garden State an easy sell. The New Jersey Legislature’s successful bipartisan effort to top all other competing tax incentive offers nationwide should have made the Garden State an easy choice. The competition was fierce to court HQ2, and New Jersey was in play.

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Open Letter From New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica Regarding Amazon

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“As just about everyone in this state, if not the country, knows by now, Amazon has terminated its plans to bring its second headquarters to New York State. It is a tremendous loss for New Yorkers and I hope that at a minimum, we understand the lessons learned.

“In my 23 years in the State Capitol, three as Budget Director, Amazon was the single greatest economic development opportunity we have had. Amazon chose New York and Virginia after a year-long national competition with 234 cities and states vying for the 25,000-40,000 jobs. For a sense of scale, the next largest economic development project the state has completed was for approximately 1,000 jobs. People have been asking me for the past week what killed the Amazon deal. There were several factors. 

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NJBIA: Improving NJ Business Climate Would Help Attract Amazon, and Others

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Trenton NJ, NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka Esq. issued the following statement today relating to Governor Murphy’s efforts to attract Amazon to Newark.

“NJBIA shares and appreciates Governor Murphy’s enthusiasm for Newark as an ideal location for Amazon’s future expansion. Newark’s rebirth, where we have seen billions of dollars in high-tech investment, has been nothing short of inspiring. We hope Amazon will recognize the quality of Newark’s location, infrastructure and workforce and how it is serving as a model on how to own the innovation mantle and replicate it in urban areas across the state.

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Porch Pirate” Bill to Crack Down on Theft of Delivery Packages

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Ridgewood NJ,  In 2017, 25.9 million Americans had a holiday package stolen from their front porch or doorstep—more than the 23.5 million porch thefts reported in 2015. The number of package thefts occurring across the nation continues to rise with each passing year.

To combat these thefts, which are most popular during the holiday season, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak has introduced legislation to crack down on “porch pirate” crimes and bolster state penalties for package theft from New Jersey homes.

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The Simplest way to make the most out of Amazon Accountants

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Ridgewood NJ, As an Amazon merchant, you need to be very careful when it comes to dealing with finances. It is possible to end up making extreme losses due to poor accounting methods. This means you will not be accountable for all the money you make as an Amazon seller. There is a need to seek some financial advice from well-experienced accountants. They will give you directions on how you need to go about the whole process of bookkeeping.

Some of the things you will be able to learn about include the following:

• Paying for Amazon marketing

• Understanding the whole process of taxation

• Single out the high fees incurred

When you understand the above functions there are a number of benefits which are bound to come your way. As an online entrepreneur, you will soon become competitive. You will expand your business and also attract many customers. Your sales will be significantly high hence maximizing your profits.

Accounting is very important to you as an Amazon seller. It will help you understand your income statements, maintain accurate and up to date records and lastly make wise financial decisions that will promote your business in a way that suits you. It is evident that entrepreneurs want to grow day in day out. They will always want to make the most out of the opportunities that come their way. As an Amazon seller, you are an entrepreneur in the making. You really have to be very competitive so that you can get an edge other fellow amazon merchant. To reach that feat you need to be a good manager when it comes to handling money. You need to keep track of your inflows and outflows. This can be achieved by getting insight from a professional on how the whole process of bookkeeping goes about.

Handling finances have never been easy. It is even worse if you do not have the slightest idea of how accounting is undertaken. This is why you need to make the most out of Amazon Accountants. These are professionals who understand the whole procedure of keeping track of deposits and revenues that are attached to Amazon merchants. How do you take advantage of these professional accountants?

Use their insight to set your goals

As an Amazon merchant, you need to be aware of where you are heading. You need to have a reasonable target of where you want your business to be in the future. Take that initiative of making decisions that will help you maximize your business. You will obviously need some reliable insight from accountants when it comes to setting goals. Listen carefully to the directives offered to you by your personal accountant. The advice should help you identify earning trends, employ significant accounting methods, minimize workload, and understand correct supplier lead-times. By doing that, you will be able to achieve your set targets.

Get skills on managing cash flow

As an Amazon seller ensure you have enough stock all the time. Your customers should never miss out on a product on a mere fact that it is out of stock. This means you will need to have steady suppliers. These suppliers should be paid in due time so that they can keep supplying you with products. Also, you need to ensure you respect lead-times. You need to ensure products or services reach buyers in the most appropriate time. An accountant from Amazon will advise you on how to go ahead with all those fundamental processes. There will be an emphasis on you keeping accurate records. This helps to keep track of all the transactions involved in managing cash flows. Be attentive as you receive guidance from those accountants.

Minimize workload

There is a possibility of having too much workload to deal with as an entrepreneur. This might have a negative impact in your venture let alone leading to losses. It is up to you to minimize that workload so that you can start enjoying some significant benefits as an Amazon merchant. The question is, how do you go about this whole process? You can outsource some services or activities. For instance, advertisement of your products and services. This approach will give you more time to focus on how to grow your business.

Conclusion

Amazon sellers tend to face a lot of challenges. One of the challenges is the inability to manage finances and be accountable for every sent. This calls for the need of seeking help from an accountant on how to go about the whole procedure of maintaining accurate financial records. The end result is a successful career as an Amazon seller commanding a large following of customers.

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Reader says a Parking Garage is So 1990

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Wait, so the argument now is… because a previous council approved the building of condos, in order to “save” the Village we need to appease the developers and build a garage for them given that they will obviously not have the needed parking spaces for their new tenants….and if we don’t build this thing, this town will become a glorified Rt 17 strip filled with gyms, banks and more condos? Come on people…..let’s all assume they build this thing, how does that change anything in terms of the parking landscape in this town? Yes, commuters will use it, yes shoppers will use it, but lets be realistic, probably only those looking to shop on Broad St or very close to it. We all know that everyone in this town or those that come here want to park right across the street from where they’re going, as stated in many of the posts before, if you look for parking you will find it, but you may have to walk a bit. So the taxpayers of this town should spend millions of dollars to alleviate a problem that may or may not exist for two to three hours on Friday and Saturday nights?? Do the math, it doesn’t add up and with Uber that problem is going away. Let’s spend money on updating the current run down parking lots we have or reconfigure current parking lanes and see how that goes….what’s the downside? We need to stop looking backward and look forward….Uber and Amazon to name a few are changing how we live our lives….less brick and mortar, less cars being driven for nights out….that’s the future, not building a garage that maybe in 1990 there was a solid argument for.

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Whole Foods installs Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood ; e future has arrived

Whole Foods installs Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood

November 5,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Whole Foods has installed Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood , e future has arrived. Amazon Lockers are secure, self-service kiosks where customers can pick up Amazon.com packages at a time and place that is convenient for them.

To use an Amazon Locker as your shipping destination, find a Locker and add it to your Amazon address book. Then, during checkout, select the Locker as your shipping address. Once your package has been delivered, we will email you a unique 6 digit code. Simply visit your selected Locker and enter the code on the Locker’s touchscreen, then remove your package after the Locker’s door opens.

Standard shipping rates apply or FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime is available. There is no additional cost to use an Amazon Locker.

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Amazon and Microsoft collaborate to help Alexa and Cortana talk to each other

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August 30,2017
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SEATTLE,  Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced today that Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa. You will be able to turn to your Echo device and say, “Alexa, open Cortana,” or turn to your Windows 10 device and say, “Cortana, open Alexa.”

Alexa customers will be able to access Cortana’s unique features like booking a meeting or accessing work calendars, reminding you to pick up flowers on your way home, or reading your work email – all using just your voice. Similarly, Cortana customers can ask Alexa to control their smart home devices, shop on Amazon.com, interact with many of the more than 20,000 skills built by third-party developers, and much more.

“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.”

“The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon. “It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.”

Alexa and Cortana will begin talking to each other later this year.

 

 

 

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Amazon and Whole Foods Market Work Together to Make High-Quality, Natural and Organic Food Affordable for Everyone

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August 29,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market will close on Monday August 28, 2017, and the two companies will together pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone. As a down payment on that vision, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come.

In addition, Amazon and Whole Foods Market technology teams will begin to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods Market point-of-sale system, and when this work is complete, Prime members will receive special savings and in-store benefits. The two companies will invent in additional areas over time, including in merchandising and logistics, to enable lower prices for Whole Foods Market customers.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone. Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality – we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer. “To get started, we’re going to lower prices beginning Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples, including Whole Trade organic bananas, responsibly-farmed salmon, organic large brown eggs, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, and more. And this is just the beginning – we will make Amazon Prime the customer rewards program at Whole Foods Market and continuously lower prices as we invent together. There is significant work and opportunity ahead, and we’re thrilled to get started.”

“It’s been our mission for 39 years at Whole Foods Market to bring the highest quality food to our customers,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “By working together with Amazon and integrating in several key areas, we can lower prices and double down on that mission and reach more people with Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food. As part of our commitment to quality, we’ll continue to expand our efforts to support and promote local products and suppliers. We can’t wait to start showing customers what’s possible when Whole Foods Market and Amazon innovate together.”

Here’s what will be new in Whole Foods Market stores on Monday and what customers can expect over time as the two companies integrate:

Starting Monday, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across its stores, with much more to come. Customers will enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more.
In the future, after certain technical integration work is complete, Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods Market’s customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits.
Whole Foods Market’s healthy and high-quality private label products—including 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch—will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry and Prime Now.
Amazon Lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.

This is just the beginning – Amazon and Whole Foods Market plan to offer more in-store benefits and lower prices for customers over time as the two companies integrate logistics and point-of-sale and merchandising systems.

Whole Foods Market will continue to grow its team and create jobs in local communities as it opens new stores, hires new team members, and expands its support of local farmers and artisans. The company will maintain operations under the Whole Foods Market brand, preserve its high standards and commitment to providing the finest natural and organic foods, and continue to source from trusted vendors and partners around the world. John Mackey will remain as CEO and Whole Foods Market’s headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas.