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branwen

Member since Apr 2010 • Last active Jul 2021

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    Currently, Amazon delivery drivers are expected to deliver upwards of 400 packages a day on 10-hour routes that often extend up to 12 hours. The two Portland delivery companies are demanding a cap at 250 packages and 150 stops per 8.5 hour route. As Motherboard has previously reported, in order to qualify for bonuses and complete their routes on time to avoid discipline, drivers have been forced to suspend safety monitors, run across busy four-lane highways, skip lunch breaks, and pee and defecate in their vans rather than find bathrooms.

    The letter says that Amazon forces its delivery companies to commit to routes three weeks in advance but Amazon can change drivers' schedules within a day or less than a day's notice. This forces scheduled drivers to show up to work without actual work to do, and companies to pay drivers' wages for days when they didn't deliver packages.

    A new program also allows Amazon to increase or decrease routes each day by 10 percent without any advance notice to delivery companies—forcing them to eat the cost of extra scheduled drivers, according to the letter.

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7ez5x/a­mazon-delivery-companies-revolt-against-­amazon-shut-down

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    Last year, Amazon amended its contract with SpartanNash, a grocery distributor it had been using to fulfill Amazon Fresh orders. Upon signing the deal, Amazon received warrants worth 2.5 percent of the company’s stock and the option to receive another 12.5 percent if the retailer buys $8 billion worth of groceries over seven years. SpartanNash’s stock price surged 26 percent the day the deal was announced, and though the price has slid since, it’s still up 12 percent.

    Another supplier, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which sells natural gas sourced from landfills and other “biogenic” sources, signed a contract with Amazon that allowed the retailer to buy up to 20 percent of the company over the next ten years. Executives at the gas supplier reportedly hope that the warrants and potential shareholding will keep Amazon from buying from other suppliers.

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021­/06/amazons-new-price-of-doing-business-­the-right-to-buy-ownership-stakes-in-ven­dors/

    Definitely not shady business practices abusing their scale, nope nothing to see here

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    https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgxx54/a­mazon-drivers-are-instructed-to-drive-re­cklessly-to-meet-delivery-quotas

    Albeit sounds like it's mostly falling on deaf ears ¯\(ツ)

    Amazon delivery companies around the United States are encouraging reckless and dangerous driving by ordering delivery drivers to shut off an app called Mentor that Amazon uses to monitor drivers' speed and give them a safety score to prevent accidents. Drivers say they are being ordered to turn the app off by their bosses so that they can speed through their delivery routes in order to hit Amazon's delivery targets.

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    @HoKe (I think?) long way south of the River on his fancy Look, East Dulwich Grove

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    Depending on how tight it is I'd consider putting a strap over the top also? Might be pretty appealing to traffic-light theives otherwise.

    But yeah looks neat

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    I never understood why the road surface deteriorated so quick after frequent resurfacing. Always wondered why?

    From riding over it it seems like the whole structure is pretty flexible, and I feel like the movement constantly disturbs the road surface

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    nice

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    You can upload your collection to Spotify and then stream it AFAIK

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    I bought a bare one and recovered myself, wasn't hard at all and still going strong (although the nose plastic has split, but I think that's unrelated), but should also be fine without anything on it at all.

    Underside images here;
    https://www.lfgss.com/comments/12946269/­

    and process description;

    It was a pretty easy job actually. Removed the rails, used pritstick on the shell to give it enough tack to get a rough outline. Cut out the two halves of the shape, and then use some stronger glue on the undersides/folds to stick it down (stronger glue was Bostic something or other)

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