A few days after I posted about a shipment of imported goods that had to be unloaded at a freight hub in Arizona, I got a call from a lawyer.
The company was an Amazon subsidiary.
The attorney wanted to know why the shipment had to arrive at a warehouse in Arizona.
The lawyer, a former Amazon warehouse worker who had been working for the company for three years, had been in a warehouse for three months and had just left.
The employee was a young woman, who was in the middle of an Amazon warehouse in Tucson.
I explained to the lawyer that Amazon has no warehouse in the state.
She said that was a common practice.
“You’ve got to be in the same warehouse as Amazon,” the lawyer told me.
“I have to be at the same place.
It’s a huge hassle.”
In the end, the shipment was sent to the Arizona city of Phoenix.
“Amazon is a global company,” the attorney said.
“They’re shipping to all sorts of countries all over the world.”
Amazon has more than 400 warehouses around the world.
It does not have one in Arizona — not even in Tucson — so the employee and I had to take our case to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, DC.
“We’re not trying to stop the shipment, but we are trying to make it a little easier for people to buy products online from Amazon,” a spokesperson for the FTC told The Next We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment.
But the FTC’s stance on online retailers is complex.
As The Next’s own David Karp told us, the agency has an extensive online-commerce enforcement team that can investigate complaints and make the company pay fines.
The agency’s website describes its goal: “To help protect consumers, businesses, and the marketplace from unfair or deceptive business practices and unfair or fraudulent advertising.”
And it’s part of a broader effort by Congress to help online companies comply with federal anti-trust laws.
The FTC also has a team that is trying to identify how online retailers are marketing to their customers online.
“It’s very important that you understand what’s happening in the marketplace,” the FTC spokesperson told The Future of Advertising.
“What is Amazon selling, what are they selling in terms of shipping, what products are on their site?
And what’s the content of the site?
“These teams work closely together to identify, deter, and stop illegal online marketing.” “
In Arizona, Amazon has been selling a variety of goods online, including computer hardware, electronics, and toys. “
These teams work closely together to identify, deter, and stop illegal online marketing.”
In Arizona, Amazon has been selling a variety of goods online, including computer hardware, electronics, and toys.
“All the items are sold online, but some are shipped from Amazon warehouses,” a representative for Amazon told TheNext.com.
“In some cases, the goods are shipped by truck.
The items that are sent to Arizona by truck are used to make Amazon’s delivery trucks.”
But the representative didn’t give me any further details about how Amazon is doing that.
When I emailed Amazon to ask for a copy of the terms of the shipment agreement, the spokesperson didn’t respond.
I then asked Amazon to explain what Amazon’s shipping policies were.
The spokesperson said that Amazon “considers all the circumstances and all of the information when making an online decision about what’s best for you, including the risk of loss of delivery.”
Amazon, of course, is a company that doesn’t want to make any mistakes.
In response to my questions, Amazon sent me a list of items that the company could ship to the warehouse that was the source of the complaint.
Amazon is also an online-delivery service, which means it has a system for determining what goods should be sent to its customers.
“When you buy something online, Amazon makes sure you get what you paid for,” the Amazon spokesperson told me, adding that the shipment policies were “based on a lot of factors.”
In some cases (such as computers), the items can be sent directly to Amazon warehouses and shipped back to customers.
Amazon also sells other goods, including items from its website, to other sellers.
Amazon does not send those items directly to its warehouse in California, where the warehouse is located.
“If you’re going to be doing business with us, you need to know what we’re shipping, how we’re doing it, and how we make sure you receive what you pay for,” Amazon spokesperson Kate Stoltz told TheFuture of Advertising in a follow-up email.
“Unfortunately, in this case, it appears that we didn’t do that.”
The company did not respond to The Next we asked to clarify whether Amazon is still shipping to warehouses that have different shipping policies for other items.
The problem with online retailers and online shipping companies is that it’s a tricky business.
“Online retailers have a big incentive to make sure that they do the right