According to a much buzzed-about article in Quartz, we can all stop hating Amazon for edging out independent bookstores. (Apparently, they’re not. But I hope that doesn’t mean Normal’s will end its “Kindles Are For Chuckleheads” weekly book sale.)
And it’s just in time, because the company that perfectly embodies the phrase “online retail giant” is opening up a fulfillment center in Southeast Baltimore that promises to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to the area.
The fulfillment center will occupy the old GM assembly plant site near the Port of Baltimore. Employees will “pick, pack and ship books, electronics and consumer goods” and — as Amazon touts in a press release — get paid 30 percent more, on average, than the typical retail worker.
Okay, but e-books are still annoying.
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