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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Mar 7 2016 22:56:10

Sock-Stuffing Amazon Warehouse Workers

By: Ina Steiner

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First there were stories about Amazon requiring workers to stand in long lines to go through a search and metal-detector scan when leaving for the day to check for stolen goods. 

Now comes a story from Bloomberg about a scare tactic Amazon uses to discourage workers from stealing from its warehouses.

It's enough to give sellers pause at the thought of trusting their inventory to fulfillment houses such as Amazon FBA - but theft is a fact of life in the retail industry.

As we explain in Tuesday's Newsflash, Amazon has reportedly installed flatscreen TVs where workers can see them on their way to clock in each day. The TVs display stories about workers who were caught stealing, including details of what they allegedly stole and how they got caught. It's meant as a deterrent for those who might be tempted to try it themselves.

According to the Bloomberg story, some of the ways workers have allegedly tried to steal items from the Amazon warehouses include changing an outbound package's address and "stuffing merchandise in their socks." (The article didn't say exactly how Amazon detected the sock stuffer.)

Have you ever had inventory go missing from a fulfillment warehouse that you suspected was caused by employee theft? Are you satisfied with how Amazon handles lost inventory?

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by: BB2 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Mar 11 00:46:41 2016

For those who support Amazon's behavior in this matter - I used to drink the kool-aid. I got over it years ago.

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by: Biglouis This user has validated their user name.

Sun Mar 13 05:17:03 2016

What a pity we can no longer put people in the stocks and throw rotten tomatoes at them!

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by: moonmyst This user has validated their user name.

Sun Mar 13 09:17:32 2016

To Gizmo: Your philosophy is 'Pay you well and you won't steal'?? REALLY? You've been on this blog a long time and now we finally get to see what kind of a person you really are. So glad I don't have any business dealings with you!

People steal out of necessity or for the challenge, especially if they think no one cares and they can get away with it.

Regardless of what type of video surveillance is used, flat screens, jumbo screens, whatever, people will still steal. Convenience stores are a perfect example of thieves knowing they're being watched but it just doesn't matter.

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