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Miniso Goes Online With Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’

Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products starting with the upcoming 'Great Indian Festival'

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The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in. Wikimedia Commons

The Japanese retail company Miniso and e-commerce major Amazon on Friday annoucned a partnership whereby the former would sell its products on the online platform starting with the upcoming ‘Great Indian Festival’.

The retailer will start with products under the kitchen, home and beauty categories on the amazon.in, the e-commerce platform said in a statement.

Commenting on the partnership, Shalini Puchalapalli, Director for Category Management, Amazon India said: “We are excited to partner with Miniso and offer customers a wide range of selection on Amazon.in. During the Great Indian Festival customers can look forward to a wide selection of products from the best brands on Amazon.in”.

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Siddharth Venkataraman, CEO of Achhacart, which takes care of Miniso’s sales in India said: “This festive season, customers would be able to buy all their favourite Miniso products online with the customer experience assurance of Amazon”. (IANS)

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Amazon Employees Risk Their Jobs by Criticizing Amazon’s Record on Climate Change

Workers Criticize Amazon on Climate Despite Risk to Jobs

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Employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. VOA

Hundreds of employees are openly criticizing Amazon’s record on climate change despite what they say is a company policy that puts their jobs at risk for speaking out.

On Sunday, more than 300 employees of the online retail giant signed their names and job titles to statements on blog post on Medium. The online protest was organized by a group called Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, an advocacy group founded by Amazon workers that earlier this month said the company had sent letters to its members threatening to fire them if they continued to speak to the press.

“It’s our moral responsibility to speak up, and the changes to the communications policy are censoring us from exercising that responsibility,” said Sarah Tracy, a software development engineer at Amazon, in a statement.

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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France. VOA

Amazon said that its policy on external communications is not new and is in keeping with other large companies. It said the policy applies to all Amazon employees and is not directed at any specific group.

“While all employees are welcome to engage constructively with any of the many teams inside the company that work on sustainability and other topics, we do enforce our external communications policy and will not allow employees to publicly disparage or misrepresent the company or the hard work of their colleagues who are developing solutions to these hard problems,” according to a spokesperson from the company.

Amazon, which relies on fossil fuels to power the planes, trucks and vans that ship packages all over the world, has an enormous carbon footprint. And its workers have been vocal in criticizing some of the company’s practices.

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Last year, more than 8,000 staffers signed an open letter to CEO and founder Jeff Bezos demanding that it cut its carbon emissions, end its use of fossil fuels and stop its work with oil companies that use Amazon’s technology to locate fossil fuel deposits.

The company said in a statement that it is passionate about climate change issues and has already pledged to become net zero carbon by 2040 and use 100% renewable energy by 2030. (VOA)