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Could COVID-19 be Amazon’s kryptonite?

How disrupted supply chains and angry sellers could hurt the e-commerce giant.

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  • Over one-third of all 2019 e-commerce sales in the US involved a purchase from Amazon, as the company continues to grow and diversify.
  • While the company has overcome plenty of obstacles in the past, it's possible that the COVID-19 crisis is different.
  • Among the factors which could finally bring down the giant are disrupted supply chains, disgruntled sellers, delivery delays, warehouse infections, and nosediving discretionary income among shoppers.
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NASA camera captures Amazon fires

Satellite movie shows clouds of carbon monoxide drifting over South America.

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  • The Amazon fires were captured by the AIRS camera on the Aqua satellite.
  • A movie clip released by NASA shows a huge cloud of CO drifting across the continent.
  • Fortunately, carbon monoxide at this altitude has little effect on air quality.
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Why the number of fires in the Amazon is terrifying climate experts

The blazes may be the first step in a hellish downward spiral.

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  • Never before has so much of the Amazon rainforest been on fire.
  • The fires are largely set by humans clearing areas for development.
  • The fires may push us into a vicious, irreversible climate pattern.
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Amazon’s 'adora-bots' are now making deliveries

The first wave of the retailer's anticipated automated delivery fleet hits the sidewalks.

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  • After testing near company HQ, delivery robots are rolling up to random customers' homes in Irvine, CA.
  • The cute little carriers — dubbed "adora-bots" — are already adept at navigating people, pets, and other tricky obstacles.
  • These may be the droids the shipping industry seeks.
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Amazon strike: Employees want safer working conditions, more permanent positions

The strike is poised to happen on Amazon's upcoming "Prime Day."

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  • Amazon workers at a Minnesota fulfillment center organized the strike, which is expected to last 6 hours on July 15.
  • The workers consist mainly of East African Muslim immigrants, who've clashed with the company in the past.
  • Amazon, Target and Walmart are all racing to offer customers the quickest shipping, a move that will likely worsen worker conditions at fulfillment centers.
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