• KTVH-TV reports that "unsecured package theft has become such an increasing problem that Washington, D.C., has become the first city in the nation to allow customers to pick up their Amazon packages at lockers at a police station.
"The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department announced it worked with Amazon to implement the strategy of installing Amazon-secured lockers at one of its substations in the city … The first station is part of a pilot program between the online retail giant and D.C. police before possibly expanding to other police stations throughout the city."
• The Teamsters Union on Tuesday formally launched what it is calling its Amazon Division, described as "a new arm of North America’s strongest union dedicated to uniting Amazon employees, securing more workplace protections in the warehouse and logistics industry, and defending workers from the unchecked exploitation of one of the world’s most dangerous employers."
• From The Information:
"Instagram is planning to drastically scale back its shopping features, the company told Instagram staffers on Tuesday, as it shifts the focus of its e-commerce efforts to those that directly drive advertising. The retreat shows how Meta Platforms is moving away from some long-term projects as it focuses on building its short-form video business.
"In an internal memo on Tuesday, staff were notified that Instagram’s existing Shopping page will eventually disappear, 'given shifts in company priorities.' Instagram isn’t abandoning shopping altogether: over the next few months the company will test a simpler and less personalized version of the shopping page known internally as 'Tab Lite,' according to the memo."
What this all means, The Information writes, is that the company’s is aligning its "commerce goals with supporting ad revenue."
• CNN reports that the Irish government has assessed the equivalent of a $402 million (US) fine against Meta-owned Instagram after "an investigation into its handling of children's data … The investigation, which started in 2020, focused on child users between the ages of 13 and 17 who were allowed to operate business accounts, which facilitated the publication of the user's phone number and/or email address."
Instagram said it plans to appeal the fine, which was levied by Ireland's data privacy regulator.