Amazon has responded to a report published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health which highlighted that the company held a new patent for a wristband that would, according to COSH, “enable even more intrusive monitoring of [Amazon’s] workforce”.
The company has asked brand-e to publish the following statement:
“The speculation in the press about this patent is misguided. We do not track nor do we have the intention to track the location of our associates. We develop and implement innovative technologies in our operations to enable an incredible customer experience and to enhance the safety and ergonomics of our processes. Every day at companies around the world, employees use handheld scanners to check inventory and fulfill orders. This idea, if implemented in the future, would improve this process for our fulfillment associates. By moving equipment to associates’ wrists, we could free up their hands from scanners and their eyes from computer screens.”