• Reuters reports that "Germany's antitrust watchdog said on Tuesday it has launched a new investigation into whether U.S. ecommerce giant Amazon is exploiting its market dominance.
"'In a first step, we are looking at whether Amazon is of outstanding, cross-market importance for competition,' the Federal Cartel Office said in a statement.
"Should it find that such a marketing position exists, new rules for digital companies would allow it to prohibit any anti-competitive behaviour at an earlier stage, the watchdog said. Changes to Germany's antitrust laws for digital corporations, which came into effect earlier this year, give the Cartel Office more power in identifying and prohibiting some companies' dominant positions."
• Amazon has released its 2020 Brand Protection Report which it says "provides a comprehensive view of how it ensures customers shop from authentic products in its stores."
"Amazon invested more than $700 million to protect its stores from fraud and abuse … Amazon employed more than 10,000 people to protect its store from fraud and abuse …
Amazon’s verification processes prevented over 6 million attempts to create selling accounts, stopping bad actors before they published a single product for sale … Only 6% of attempted account registrations passed Amazon’s robust verifications processes and listed products for sale … Amazon seized more than 2 million products that were sent to its fulfillment centers and that it detected as counterfeit before being sent to a customer. Amazon destroyed those products to prevent them from being resold elsewhere in the supply chain … Amazon blocked more than 10 billion suspected bad listings before they were published in its stores … Fewer than 0.01% of all products sold on Amazon received a counterfeit complaint from customers. Those complaints were then investigated for accuracy."
• The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon "is establishing a program focused on improving the health and wellness of its hourly warehouse staffers, after years of criticism over worker safety at its depots and a pledge by Chief Executive Jeff Bezos to offer a better vision for employees.
"The company said Monday that its new program, called WorkingWell, aims to better educate some of its employees on how to avoid workplace injuries and improve mental health on the job. The online retailer began testing parts of the program two years ago and plans to expand it to 1,000 facilities by the end of the year, said Heather MacDougall, vice president of world-wide workplace health and safety at Amazon. The company said it aims to cut recordable incidents in half by 2025. The program has been in 350 sites in North America and Europe."