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Amazon

You may remember going to the store to buy products.  In 2005 things dramatically changed. Although you can still go to a store, the internet has changed the buying experience. One can purchase almost anything he desires on-line including groceries delivered to the door.

Amazon is an online retail platform that sells apparel, household appliances, books, and electronic products.  The giant retailer is headquartered in Seattle, WA but plans to develop an additional headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

Akash Chauhan, Amazon's vice president of North America operations, said the state-of-the-art warehouse just off Interstate 95 in North East would create hundreds of full-time jobs that pay wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include benefits, bonuses, and stock awards. "Maryland has an incredible workforce," Chauhan said in the announcement.

Amazon online delivery announced last August their plans to hire 50,000 people to handle their internet orders. According to the Baltimore Sun, Amazon.com Inc. is in talks to open a fourth Maryland distribution center at Sparrows Point, according to sources close to the project have told the Baltimore Business Journal. The move would give the company more than 3 million square feet of warehouse and fulfillment space in the state, with the potential for more to come in the future.

The Cecil County Council unanimously voted 4-0 to approve a resolution endorsing a state loan of up to $1.2 million. Amazon will invest $90 million to build the facility, which is expected to employ 700 people by Dec. 31, 2020.

Amazon said, according to the Baltimore Sun, “it plans to hire 100,000 workers across its distribution network in the next 18 months. It continues to hire at its Baltimore centers to meet growing demand. The part time workers in its warehouses earn between $12.50 and $16.00 an hour which includes wonderful benefits like school tuition, etc.

Airlines and Passenger Seats

Airline standard seats years ago were designed for the average man of 5’10 and 170 pounds.  However, the average man’s weight today is just under 200 pounds.

Spirit Airlines has redesigned their seats, like other airlines, to place more passengers in the rear of their planes in order to increase their profits. They call it “Cozy airline”  per it’s website.

American Airlines, who planned to redesign their seating to 29 inches between them received serious backlash “Some consumer advocates say the issue goes beyond comfort. One group, Flyers Rights, is petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for airline seat width and pitch. The group won a round in its court battle with the F.A.A. in July, when a Federal District Court told the agency to address what it referred to as “the incredible shrinking airline seat.” Paul Hudson, president of Flyers Rights, said the need for seat regulation is driven by safety concerns. Passengers have been getting taller and wider, even as airlines push for slimmer seats, but regulations still stipulate that planes must be able to be evacuated in just one and a half minutes. “Obviously, if you’re squeezed into a very confined space, it’s going to be harder to get up and get out in an emergency,” Mr. Hudson said, according to The New York Times “Business Day article on  Air Travelers Resisting the ‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’.

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