The mask is worn outside the Amazon sphere in downtown Seattle. (Beautiful pictures)
After repeated attacks from the Seattle City Council, e-commerce giant Amazon appears to be rolling out sensors to further expand outside of Seattle. This could have a crippling economic impact on the city.
In a daily poll of employees at Puget Sound, Amazon asked their employees where they wanted to work, outside of Bellevue and Seattle. Options offered are Bothell / Woodinville, Renton, Tacoma, Redmond and Issaquah. Amazon has confirmed the poll, the screenshots that appear on social media, and Reddit, as authentic.
Amazon has expanded to Bellevue. They might be ready to take some next move.
Miniature Amazon Footprint in Seattle
Behind the scenes, I learned that Amazon was tired of Seattle Council’s attitude toward the company. Not only is the company blamed for city woes – from affordability to housing to traffic – but its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is frequently seen as the poster child for Dangerous anti-capitalist attacks at the hands of socialist fervent Kshama Sawant.
And then, of course, is the law drafted to specifically target Amazon and similar businesses.
Recently, the Board approved another anti-business tax, the employment tax of Congressman Teresa Mosqueda, titled JumpStart Seattle.
Amazon and other eligible businesses will levy a tax of 1.4% on every employee who makes over $ 150,000 and 2.4% on employees earning over $ 400,000. After it passed, experts noted that it would likely prompt Amazon to abandon the city.
“I think we’ll hear some announcements over the next few weeks about some of Amazon’s major expansions into Bellevue,” Windermere chief economist Matthew Gardner told KIRO at the time. “Really, it’s going to be one of those really bad kept secrets.”
An Amazon spokesperson will not be able to comment on this profile.
How Bellevue pulled Amazon to the Eastside
‘I will definitely’ leave
An Amazon employee, speaking to Jason Rantz Show on KTTH on condition of anonymity, did not blame the company for considering moving or expanding elsewhere.
“Amazon appears to be evaluating options to move out of Seattle if needed,” the employee explained. “I think anyone living in Seattle knows very well that our local officials blame others for the problems our city’s public policy has created. Amazon’s success despite the failures of the Seattle municipal government makes Amazon an easy target when it comes to finding someone to blame.
The staff said if they were the sole decision-makers, “I’ll definitely minimize my footprint in Seattle.”
Coronavirus changed business
Amazon regularly polls its employees as they plan their long-term growth in and out of the region. But during the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon, like many other companies, succeeded in working from home.
Retailer REI recently decided to relinquish its future Bellevue headquarters to a hybrid approach between smaller satellite offices and telework opportunities.
The data they collect from this poll, along with what they learn from the telemetry model they applied, could make them less dependent on Seattle activities. This will allow their workforce to live in more affordable cities without being hampered by homelessness, addiction and lawless activists.
The departure of Amazon could cripple Seattle’s economy
It’s unclear if Amazon will ditch Seattle entirely for a neighboring city. It is also unlikely to happen in the short term. But any diminishing Amazon footprint could further destroy Seattle’s economy. And it’s important to note that this survey reached out to employees in the area, including those from Seattle. That said, those who work in Seattle say they want to leave Seattle, playing a pivotal role in the future of Amazon’s footprint in the Emerald City.
Revenue projections for the city received another significant hit – $ 26 million – thanks to the coronavirus. Businesses that are exclusively backed by Amazon employees have struggled. Some have closed permanently. If Amazon allows its Seattle workers to work from home longer than expected, which cuts their office maintenance and upkeep costs, the economic impact will be felt. And, if they shut down the office, it would be dire.
Meanwhile, cities like the ones mentioned in the Amazon poll will see significant economic benefits when they need it most. Bellevue has garnered Amazon’s attention – and expansion – for being business-friendly and less driven by ideological rigidity.
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