Amazon to hire 2,500 nationwide to staff fulfillment centers
Seattle — Amazon said it is hiring more than 2,500 full-time workers at order-fulfillment centers across the country.
"Today, we’re excited to announce 2,500 full-time jobs, bringing new employment opportunities to local communities across the country," said Mike Roth, Amazon’s VP of North America operations, in a company statement.
The online giant said the jobs include picking, packing and shipping customer orders, and are available in Chester, Va.; Coffeyville, Kan.; Columbia, S.C.; Dupont, Wash.; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Petersburg, Va.
Casey’s General Stores to acquire 24 Stop-n-Go locations
Ankeny, Iowa — Casey’s General Stores announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 24 Stop-n-Go locations. Twenty of the stores are located in North Dakota and four are located in Minnesota.
“We are excited about the opportunity to acquire the Stop-n-Go chain as they are a well-managed and established group of stores in a relatively new market area for Casey’s,” said Robert Myers, president and CEO. “This acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the first year of operation and will provide future earnings enhancements as we realize operating efficiencies and integrate our prepared food operations.”
Myers continued, “We hope this acquisition serves as a springboard for more Casey’s locations in the area as we continue to look for opportunities to build and buy stores in the upper Midwest.”
The transaction is expected to close in May 2014, and will be funded by a combination of existing cash and operating cash flow.
Microsoft in global partnerships to fight cyber crime
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. announced three new global partnerships Wednesday with the Organization of American States, Europol and FIS to increase cooperation between international law enforcement and the private sector in combating cybercrime and helping build a safer Internet.
Microsoft officials signed memorandums of understanding with representatives of the three organizations during the company’s first annual Cybercrime Enforcement Summit, which brought together more than 60 leaders and experts from law enforcement, academia and the private sector to share legal and technical solutions to confront the global spread of cybercrime. The conference follows the opening last fall of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to advance the global fight against cybercrime.
The agreements establish a framework for cooperation and are intended to spur collaboration and help Microsoft work with each of the three organizations to pursue criminal enterprises engaged in cyber crime. Microsoft, the OAS, Europol and FIS anticipate that the collaboration will enable them to strengthen their forensic and technical analysis of malware and botnets; assessment and investigation of emerging malware threats; enforcement actions against cybercriminals; and the ultimate dismantling of these criminal organizations.
"Cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated in preying on consumers, including children and senior citizens," said Brad Smith, Microsoft executive VP and general counsel. "These agreements will help the private and public sectors fight cybercrime more effectively, while protecting our customers’ privacy."
The OAS was established in part to strengthen collaboration among its member states, which currently includes all 34 independent states of the Americas. OAS is committed to developing a culture of cyber security by taking effective, preventative measures to anticipate, address and respond to cyber attacks.