Studs wants to modernize the ear piercing experience for Gen Z teens

A startup called Studs wants to reinvent the ear-piercing experience for Generation Z. Today, consumers only have two options to choose from when they want their ears pierced — the traditional “mall piercing” experience that uses piercing guns often wielded by novices, or professional piercing parlors whose wide range of services often means that only a limited selection of jewelry for ears is made available. Studs, instead, aims to combine brick-and-mortar storefronts for needle piercing with an online retail destination where customers can shop for after-care items, single earrings, collections, earscapes, and more. The company has now opened its first retail store in New York’s Nolita neighborhood as well as its online shopping site, and plans to expand to more …

Hey, Jeff Bezos: I work for Amazon and I’m protesting against your firm’s climate inaction

Later this month, more than 1,000 Amazon staffers will walk out to demand action. Rebecca Sheppard is one of the strikes organizers Since late last year, a group of workers within Amazon have been organizing to push the company to radically reduce its carbon emissions. Yesterday, they Global Climate Strike. So far, more than 1,000 workers have pledged to participate. The organizers have three demands. They want the company to commit to zero emissions by 2030, to have zero custom cloud computing contracts with fossil fuel companies and to spend zero dollars on funding climate-denying lobbyists and politicians. I spoke to one of the walkouts organizers, a 28-year-old Amazon employee in Seattle named Rebecca Sheppard. We spoke about the origins …

FedEx ends express delivery contract with Amazon

FedEx will not renew a contract with Amazon to provide express delivery for the e-commerce giant’s packages in the United States. FedEx, which made the announcement Friday, said in a statement the change would not affect other existing contracts with Amazon or international services. FedEx Express only impacts air services. FedEx will still serve as a carrier for Amazon for last-mile deliveries. Amazon said in a statement that it respects FedEx’s decision and thanked them for its “role serving Amazon customers over the years.” Dean Kamen, who invented the