E-commerce thriving in America’s shuttered factory town

Data: Brookings Institution, U.S. Census Bureau; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios Just as entire communities revolved around the automobile, steel and other industries in the last century, many places in America now depend almost entirely on e-commerce giants like Amazon. Why it matters: E-commerce has created the new factory town. “The pendulum is swinging back, bringing jobs…

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Amazon Blasted Over China Echo Factory Conditions

A watchdog group is calling on Amazon.com Inc. to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, renewing criticisms that CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man on the backs of low-paid laborers. The New York-based China Labor Watch released a report at the weekend following a nine-month…

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