Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:36 pm
Likely Amazon has been a long time rail shipper, but now they have become visible.
I worked in Amazon distribution centers at Hazleton and Breinigsville (Allentown), PA for nearly five years; Hazleton was an "inbound-only" center, where solid truck- and container loads were broken down into smaller shipments to be forwarded to "outbound" centers as far away as Tennessee. Very few of the trailers carried reporting marks of the major railroads. but this practice has been diminishing for years. The "smiley boxes" didn't turn up until some time after I'd been "coaxed" into not-so-voluntary retirement.
I would like to add a word or two With regard to Amazon's management policies and practices; I would describe them as uniformly and reasonably applied, but subtly discriminatory with regard to age. I was hired at the age of 61, and starting wages are pegged at the 75th percentile of the rate for warehouse labor in each metropolitan statistical area $12.50/hr when I started, and currently $15/hr). But although I held a degree in Business Logistics, I was never offered an opportunity for less-physically demanding (and better-paying) work, and terminated for failure to meet production standards at the age of 65 (a few days before the first stock-purchase rights -- I still got a few shares via my 401(k)
-- would have taken effect), but re-hired as a "temp" -- same wage rate but smaller benefits, for anther eight months.