Why Amazon is trying out a 30-hour work week – with benefits

Amazon, the online retailer, is launching a pilot program that would consist entirely of workers working for 10 hours less than full time, but with full benefits.

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Amazon.com's logo is seen at Amazon Japan's office building in Tokyo, Japan, August 8, 2016.

Amazon.com, the largest online retailer in the world, is trying something new.

The company is set to launch an experimental program consisting of a few teams of workers made up entirely of employees working 30 hours a week, instead of the usual 40 hours expected of a full-time employee.

The new program is small, consisting of a few dozen people in a company that employs more than 225,000. But if it is successful, it could provide a new model for Amazon as well as other large companies seeking t