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TechCrunch reports that Amazon has announced a new environmental policy, which, it says, commits the company to “reducing its carbon footprint. The company says it aims to reach 50 percent of all Amazon shipments with net zero carbon by 2030.”

The new commitment is called “Shipment Zero,” and the story notes that there aren’t many details available beyond the broadly stated goals.

However, the story also notes that in some ways, the announcement of the policy seemed timed to blunt criticisms it might’ve received as a result of a new Greenpeace report suggesting that Amazon has failed to deliver on previous environment-oriented goals; the new Greenpeace reports says that “Amazon’s data centers in Virginia are powered by only 12 percent renewable energy, compared with Facebook’s 37 percent and Microsoft’s 34 percent.”

Amazon responded directly to the Greenpeace by saying that its data was inaccurate and that it “has a long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100 percent renewable energy, and we are making solid progress.”

CNBC has a story about how there seems to be a consensus among analysts that Amazon is on pace to become a significant “player in the logistics and shipping industry” - it recently expanded its Amazon Air “to include 50 planes and several new regional hubs, including a $1.5 billion hub opening in northern Kentucky in 2021,” and now may be handling its “own shipping for 26 percent of online orders.”

The reason this makes sense: “Amazon's shipping costs jumped 23 percent last quarter, reaching a record $9 billion. It spent $27 billion on shipping in 2018. The more of these steps Amazon can control itself, the more it can control the costs.”

TechCrunch reports that Amazon has “secured some retail space in the heart of London, and the speculation is that it could end up being its first non-US checkout-free Amazon Go store.

The story notes that “there are now 10 Amazon Go stores in the U.S. — four in Seattle, four in Chicago and two in San Francisco. Based on this pattern, the company doesn’t want to spread itself too thin. When Amazon decides on a city, the company launches multiple Amazon Go stores. Let’s see if the same thing happens in London.”
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