Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of France. We simply cannot imagine the fear and horror that their citizens are going through. Every day that we have, we feel blessed that we are able to do what we are doing. We never know how much time we have, so enjoy each day. Always try to remember what is truly important.
We have just finished week seven, and are down to “one hand” (5 weeks = 5 fingers)! Last week, they did not have voluntary overtime available when we finished our week on Saturday. But by Monday, the orders had picked up, and it was offered. (they have an overtime hotline telephone number that you can call). Since we had already done 5 weeks in a row of overtime, we decided to rest, and spend more time with our dog Makena (I think she will have something to blog about soon!). In looking back at last years calendar, we did not have any overtime until November 14, so we are already ahead of last year.
This past week, they announced that Outbound (Pickers, Packers, and Shipping) would not be offered any voluntary overtime, since they wanted everyone to rest up for peak season. We were a little disappointed, until they announced the return of the $100 gift card incentive! Last year, they offered an incentive that if you signed up to work 59 1/2 hours, you would receive a $100 VISA gift card. In October, the senior management team stated they might not offer that incentive this year, and said we would probably just work 55 hour weeks (five 11 hour days).
However, orders are already way up over last year in the month of November, so they are again offering this incentive. It will be for the 3 weeks of December. We will be able to do this for two weeks, possibly all three depending on our release day. So we have the opportunity to earn an additional $400 (maybe $600) in addition to all the extra overtime (19 1/2 hours overtime each week, adds up$$).
Starting Black Friday, we will be starting our shift one hour earlier, and going to 11 hour work days (voluntary for the Camperforce, but mandatory for regular and temporary employees). There are six of us in our carpool, and we all decided to take advantage of all the overtime offered.
Last week they had red and blue frosted sugar cookies for us on Veterans Day. To all the men and women that have served, and are serving our country, we thank you!! Especially my brothers Greg and Jerry!!
This week Amazon is providing a catered Thanksgiving meal for all their employees. We really appreciate this, as we miss out on spending Thanksgiving with our families. But having a meal with our fellow Camperforce (our current “family”) is something we enjoy. And speaking of Thanksgiving, I thought we were done picking costumes, but apparently a lot of people will be dressing up as Pilgrims, based on the large number of Pilgrim costumes I have picked this week.
AMAZON PRIME DAY
And finally, you may remember Amazon tried out a new sales event, Prime Day, on July 15. Many people bashed it when the sale started, stating they did not have enough “good things” on sale. Amazon has an employee magazine that I was reading, and they had an article on their Prime Day. As it turned out, it was the single largest sale day ever in the history of Amazon. 34.4 million items were ordered, which equates to a rate of 398 items ordered per second! As such, Prime Day will return again next year.
In addition to Amazon devices (Fire TV stick, Kindles and Fire Tablet), the following were the top-selling items in each country:
United States: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Germany and Australia: Croc Sandals
Canada: Huggies Diapers
France: Monopoly boardgame
Japan: 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse (yes, really!)
Quote for the day: “People sure do buy a lot of crap!” – Mary Lloyd McDonald (who is one of our carpool riders, after her first week of Picking!)