Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Race to the Bottom Last in a series of amazon2

Still no word on what city is going to be chosen for the new Amazon2 Headquarters. Presumably 
Besos and his teams are deep into due diligence on the final ten, twenty???? However many cities are still hoping to be the chosen one.

For a huge corporation like amazon to initially have made this a public free for all by announcing any city interested amazon would look at is typical of large corporate HR hiring policies when you think about it. 

Big corporations like amazon publicly run in their 'want ads' the jobs needed to be filled and accept any and all applications. Once they have weeded out the crackpots and chronic psycho applications then they get down to the business of finding a few that actually qualify. And this is from the public slush applications which they are required by law to waste their time on. In the meantime, the real hiring, the real choosing is done behind closed doors and either with a professional search team or is an inside hire from internal ranks or from a long time associate who knows someone (inside networking).

And so too is the amazon team following this mundane, corporate playbook in choosing the real next city for amazon2. It's not nearly as exciting or as original or as groundbreaking as Besos wants everyone to believe. Nor is it equitable. But neither Besos nor other big corporations care a whit about that.

Basically, it was a smoke and mirrors, dangle the bait tactic all along that again, many many large corporations do to entice potential candidates for lots of things like contracts, employment, tenders and so on. 

And the general rule of thumb here, if you want to really figure out who the next amazon2 city will be, is this:  follow the money. I am sure bookies have odds on each city and are just waiting but pretty much have an idea who is going to be chosen.

The saddest part of this whole exercise (yes, there always is a sad side) is seeing how many cities in the US are desperate for an injection of commerce to bolster their futures. And there are many. And we have seen only a few. 

Besos exposed the underbelly of these cities. How? By offering them HOPE. And some of these cities certainly need more than hope to run on. Cities like Detroit, Newark, Indianapolis, Columbus and yes, even Chicago are on the brink or have been bankrupted. These cities, going on the slim promise of Besos public announcement, pulled out all the stops to try to capture this golden ticket.
Not just by promising Besos free reign over their cities tax and development incentives, but by a desperate need to do anything to get a stronger heartbeat happening for cities that have been long abandoned by other businesses.

Besos is no different than previous robber barons who once wielded an immense economic stick. However, the chances for small business startups like Besos rising and succeeding in the US are one in a zillion compared to what they were a century ago. Besos business is not in being innovative as 
a maker of things. Besos created a humongous shipping pipeline from one computer to another. He capitalizes on logistics. He capitalizes on consumerism and hunger. 

He is a leader of the employment movement for 'precarious work' where people live from paycheck to paycheck, have no job security, have no benefits and basically are enslaved by a system that no longer works or cares to work to improve the common worker's lives and help provide a middle-class existence the US.  

Already he has raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour but he has also taken away any chances for employees to hold stock in the company, which ultimately was and is worth far more over time. Besos treats his employees badly both in the workplace and in principle having almost no regard for any employees well being. Since amazon's inception, he has routinely insisted on grueling work conditions with absolutely no consideration for employees making a livable wage or having any semblance life/work balance.

By Besos increasing the minimum wage he makes working at amazon look attractive while smaller, independent companies cannot begin to match that hourly wage. Thus Besos is forcing small companies to either meet the wage hike or deliberately drives them out of business.

Besos biggest move now with the second amazon headquarters is just another monopoly piece on his takeover board.

My guess if I was a betting person would be around the Washington D.C. area. Besos seems to be gearing up for some kind of political puppet mastery beyond his company. 

However, I also can see him selling or stepping aside very soon.

So where amazon2 or even if amazon2 ever happens, is still anyone's guess.

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