Is the tax-avoiding Amazon link-up with Co-operative Food consistent with Co-op values and principles?

amazon lockerThe Bookseller reports that Amazon has partnered with Co-operative Food to install collection-lockers in some of its stores.

Lockers have been installed in four Co-op stores in Greater London—Chelsea, Parsons Green, New Malden and Edenbridge–as well as two further shops in Stockport and Alderley Edge.

Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, said in a blog: “It remains to be seen if this six-strong pilot with the Co-op moves beyond the current phase and into anything like a national partnership, but the initiative is an encouraging sign of Amazon’s acknowledgement that a physical manifestation will be of long-term benefit. For the Co-op, the lockers are a much needed extra reason for shoppers to go to the retailer’s stores.”

The current issue of the Co-operative News reported that Central and Eastern’s Louise Walker asked Steve Murrells, CE of the Food Division, if this measure ‘matched Co-op values and principles’ – probably referring to the tax issue.

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