How Amazon Uses Food Stamps in its Business Model
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FEATURING CLAIRE BROWN – The online retail giant, Amazon, for the first time disclosed its annual median worker’s salary in April, as mandated by post-recession government regulation. While the company’s managers and marketers make on average more than $100,000 a year, the median employee pay is on the order of only $28,000.
This means that the rest of Amazon’s employees – the massive army of warehouse workers that stuff boxes at gigantic fulfillment centers around the country, make very little money.
In fact new data has found that, at the same time as Amazon will start accepting online orders using food stamps, a staggeringly large percentage of the corporation’s own workers rely on food stamps.
Claire Brown is a staff writer for the New Food Economy focusing on food policy and the environment. Her reporting has won awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the New York Press Club. Her article in The Intercept is called Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps, New Data Shows.