A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 1:50 p.m.
AMAZON: In India southwest of New Delhi, two men repairing electrical connections at an Amazon warehouse were electrocuted and a third was injured Friday night, after their iron ladder came in contact with a high-tension wire. Other workers at the warehouse switched off the main power supplies and rushed the three to a private hospital, where two men were declared dead (Times of India).
In Fall River, Mass., an Amazon distribution center won’t open until Sept. 21, but the online retailer is already reaching out for potential employees making $12.75 to $14.74 an hour; recruiting events are set for Tuesday and Thursday 18 miles away in Providence and East Providence (Herald News).
And founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will have a credited cameo role in the upcoming new film, “Star Trek Beyond,” underscoring the old saying that “you can do just about whatever you want when you have an absolutely absurd amount of money” (Amazon Advisor).
BROWN-FORMAN: For the first time, scotch has been toppled as Britain’s best-selling whiskey by an American bourbon: Jack Daniel’s. New data reveals the Brown-Forman brand has usurped The Famous Grouse as the U.K.’s most popular whiskey, after sales of the Tennessee-made spirit surged 9.3% in the last year. That coincided with a 4.4% slump in sales of the six leading blended scotches, with sales of The Famous Grouse alone plunging 14.9% (Telegraph)
TACO BELL: In Alabama, a Lee County woman claims in a Facebook post that her husband and another county sheriff’s deputy dressed in uniform were denied service last night at a Taco Bell in Phenix City, 80 miles east of Montgomery. The woman, Tammy Bush Mayo, claims “a lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop.”
Within 14 hours, her post had already been shared nearly 500 times. Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed the incident with multiple sources on his staff, according to WTVM, which said it had sought a comment from Taco Bell (WTVM).
FORD has invested heavily in 3D-mapping startup Civil Maps, joining early investors in the San Francisco Bay area company as it tries to beat competitors developing driverless cars. Ford is already testing software in Michigan and California, where engineers are checking sensors that identify and track objects in the car’s review view (CDA News). In Louisville, Ford employs nearly 10,000 workers at its truck and auto assembly factories.
PIZZA HUT has gone low-tech with an oven fashioned entirely of Legos built by Astonishing Studios:
PAPA JOHN’S: In Columbus, Ohio, a Papa John’s restaurant is very enthusiastic about hiring an assistant manager and a shift manager! “We are seeking,” the restaurant says in a just-published Craigslist ad, “motivated, excited, Team Players, who are looking for an opportunity to grow with one of the leaders in the Pizza industry!!” The ad includes no less than 17 exclamation (!) points, promising:
- Flexible schedules!
- Fun, fast-paced atmosphere!
- Competitive Wages!
- Discounts on Pizza!
It concludes: “You can email your resume, or apply at any of our central Ohio locations! We are looking to add good people to our team! If you are looking for a new opportunity with room to grow, you’ve found it! Join a leader in the pizza industry TODAY!!”