Happy Amazon Prime Day! Last year, I shared Company Man's history of the rise of Amazon. This year, I'm celebrating by featuring Warehouses: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).
It’s easy to buy things online, and even easier not to think about how they get to you. John Oliver discusses what happens when you click “buy now.”Oliver noted the effect Amazon had on brick-and-mortar retailers early in the video. The bad news is that 440,000 people have lost their jobs as , Macy's and JCPenney closed stores. The good news is about that many people were hired by Amazon for their warehouses and they're being paid $15/hour. The other bad news are the working conditions in warehouses. It makes me feel guilty about being an Amazon Prime customer, but not enough to stop shopping there. Yes, I'm part of the problem. Sigh.
I have more on the Retail Apocalypse, as Brick Immortar uploaded a video on how the demise of malls is decimating Ruby Tuesday's and other bar-and-grill restaurants, but that will have to wait until I post an entry about Bastille Day. Stay tuned.