Amazon continues to deliver impressive results, though recent report ignited controversy over its methods As the globe's biggest online retailer, Amazon has weathered its share of challenges during its surprising ascent to the top of the corporate ladder. The company's ever-increasing productivity levels, however, have spurred a new challenge for company executives: How to continue to top itself.

The New York Times reports Amazon employs a comprehensive network of distribution centers across the U.S., each charged with moving products at a rapid pace. The company is a leader in its strategic sourcing initiatives, and it has achieved stellar results, achieving manufacturing cost reductions at a blistering pace.

Still, the company has come under fire over the past week after a report in a local Pennsylvania newspaper found conditions in at least one of Amazon's distribution centers were dire. According to a report from the Allentown Morning Call, officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were notified after a local Amazon facility's heat index allegedly soared to 102 degrees earlier in the summer.

A number of issues have surrounded the Amazon distribution facility, according to the local news provider. However, for its part, Amazon said "the safety and well-being of our associates is our number one priority." Officials from the company also noted the warehouse was shut down on three separate occasions during previous heat waves to prevent its employees from suffering through high temperatures.

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