Employees working from home affect the income of small merchants, Amazon subsidizes 5 million US dollars

Netease Technology News, March 11, according to foreign media reports, this week, Amazon said that it will set up a $5 million fund to help small businesses in Seattle (such as bars, restaurants, and fast food trucks) make up for their Lost sales because many people work from home and help them pay their employees.

Amazon is working hard to help the communities around its new and old headquarters.

Last week, Amazon told 50,000 Seattle employees to work from home for the rest of March. At present, the new crown virus epidemic has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide, and the company’s Washington state has at least 23 deaths.

The online retail giant announced on Tuesday that small businesses located in the Seattle South Lake Union community (where Amazon’s first headquarters is located) and the Regrade community (where Amazon’s new office building is located) can apply for grants from Amazon—not a loan, which means this. The money does not need to be repaid. Amazon will give priority to funding those businesses that rely on customer traffic and can show information about how much they expect to lose this month. The company said it will release the funds in April and will provide more information on how to apply on the company’s official blog in the coming days.

At the same time, other US technology giants are also considering how to provide assistance to individuals and companies affected by the epidemic crisis. According to reports, a number of sharing economy startups, such as Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, and Instacart, are discussing the establishment of a joint fund to pay drivers who are infected with the virus or are quarantined. A few days ago, Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia sent a letter to the CEOs of these companies, urging them to help the drivers and delivery staff who serve them.

The relationship between Amazon and the city of Seattle is somewhat complicated. Since Jeff Bezos started selling books online in 1995, Amazon has been headquartered in Seattle. With the success of Amazon and the growing number of employees, Seattle has become one of the largest centers of technology companies in the United States. At the same time, the continuous increase in local high-paying jobs-pushing up housing prices and making many people homeless-has also made Amazon a target of some politicians, social activists and long-term residents. They believe that Amazon is helping residents and residents. Seattle companies that cannot keep up with development have not done enough.

The contradiction between the two parties reached a culmination in 2018. At that time, Amazon halted the construction of new office buildings in downtown Seattle to protest the city council’s attempt to pass a new payroll tax, which was intended to provide funds for homeless services and affordable housing. Although the bill was passed, it was quickly repealed. Last fall, Amazon invested nearly $1.5 million in the Seattle City Council election campaign with the purpose of frustrating local politicians who support the collection of such taxes. However, it ultimately failed to get what it wanted.

Of course, Amazon has also spent considerable energy to help the surrounding areas of the Seattle South Lake Union where its old headquarters is located and the Regrade community where its new headquarters is located to maintain its vitality and attractiveness to small businesses. The establishment of a new relief fund (with an initial allocation of 5 million US dollars) can be said to be a continuation of the past practice, and the cost is not high.

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