• A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale on Amazon (46% listed as shipping from an Amazon owned warehouse) that have been declared as unsafe or were banned by federal regulators. The list includes toys and medications that lack health risks warnings. The WSJ tested 10 children’s products marked “Amazon’s Choice” and four failed the federal safety standards guidelines. After the WSJ shared its findings with Amazon, 57% of the listings were altered or taken down.
  • Amazon will invest $15 billion in tools and services to help small to midsize companies sell on its platform. The efforts will focus on helping sellers manage pricing and inventory levels, a big focus as 58% of all merchandise sold on Amazon comes from third-parties. Amazon expects this investment to create 360,000 jobs over three years.
  • Walmart launched an affordable private label skincare line to compete with Amazon’s Belei. Similar to Belei, Walmart’s line is built with clean beauty ingredients and prices range from $9 to $40.
  • Amazon Robotics and the University of Washington are developing an app to track health and safety risks for warehouse workers. The new app will display a “risk score” based on a worker’s movement during standard tasks like picking up heavy objects and unloading merchandise. The app is designed to help warehouse managers make more informed decisions when allocating tasks to their warehouse teams.