Amazon Pay TV Service

WSJ: Amazon wants to be your new cable company

By on January 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM.

WSJ: Amazon wants to be your new cable company

Although Intel’s cable-killing TV service may be dead, that doesn’t mean tech companies are done trying to disrupt the pay TV market just yet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in talks with several major entertainment companies for a new pay TV service that will offer live programming and directly compete with cable and satellite TV companies. The Journal’s sources say that the new pay TV program is still in its early stages and it’s not yet clear if entertainment companies will be willing to forge an agreement with Amazon given how happy they are with their current relationships with cable providers.

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Amazon Anticipatory Shipping Patent

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

By on January 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

New patent shows how Amazon plans to kill box stores once and for all

Amazon has already been doing massive amounts of damage to big box retailers and now it’s working on a new system that could be its final knockout punch. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon last year was granted a patent for what it describes as “anticipatory shipping” that will look at consumers’ past buying habits and ship products that it thinks they will buy to nearby warehouses in anticipation of their orders. So for instance, if you’ve already bought all five A Song of Ice and Fire books from Amazon, the company will make sure to have the sixth book shipped to a warehouse near you so that when you order it the company can get it to you on the same day. More →

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Amazon Kindle Vending Machine

Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle from a vending machine

By on January 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Amazon wants to sell you a Kindle from a vending machine

Amazon wants to know if it can turn the Kindle into an impulse buy, and it’s using CES attendees as test subjects to find out. GeekWire was one of the first sites to run across the “Kindle Kiosk” at the McCarran airport in Las Vegas on Thursday, just as CES was beginning to wind down. According to airport staff, the machine had been installed earlier in the week, a clear indication that Amazon hopes to attract the influx of tech-savvy visitors on their way out of the city. More →

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FAA U.S. Drones Tests

Amazon’s delivery drone dream may come true after all

By on January 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Amazon’s delivery drone dream may come true after all

The U.S. government this week approved unmanned aircraft tests for six states of the 24 that wanted to be in the program, Reuters reports, with drone testing expected to cover a variety of uses, including Amazon’s proposed Prime Air shipping solution. The FAA’s chosen sites for drone tests include Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Of those, North Dakota has already contacted Amazon to propose testing. More →

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Christmas Desktop Online Shopping

Online shopping not as hot as expected this Christmas

By on December 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM.

Online shopping not as hot as expected this Christmas

Christmas Day online shopping results from PCs fell short of estimates, a new comScore report shows, despite having shown significant growth compared to the same holiday period of 2012. At $42.8 billion in spending for the 52-day period ending December 22nd, holiday shopping from computers rose 10% compared to last year, although that’s still 4% short of the anticipated 14% growth ($48.1 billion) estimate from the same company. More →

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Amazon Holiday Season Sales 2013

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

By on December 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Amazon sold 426 items per second during its ‘best ever’ holiday season

As if it could have ended any other way, Amazon managed to once again set sales records this holiday season. Amazon announced on Thursday that more than 1 million Amazon users became Prime members during the third week of December, and on the biggest shipping day of the year, more Prime items were shipped than any single day in the past. Amazon customers also ordered more than 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday alone — a jaw-dropping 426 items per second — including more Kindles than ever before. More →

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Holiday Shopping Late Delivery

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

By on December 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Shoppers or shippers – who’s to blame for ruining Christmas?

Online shopping can be both a blessing and a curse during the holiday season. On the one hand, we can avoid all those pesky lines and slow-moving consumers at brick-and-mortar retailers. But on the other, we have to rely on retailers and delivery companies to ship all of those gifts and deliver them on time. Unfortunately, at least one major shipping service has admitted that it was caught off guard by unprecedented demand. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, a UPS spokeswoman said that “the volume of air packages in the UPS system did exceed capacity.” More →

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Amazon Working Conditions Petition

Amazon workers demand company addresses ‘demeaning’ staff conditions

By on December 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM.

Amazon workers demand company addresses ‘demeaning’ staff conditions

A recent exposé from Bloomberg Businessweek painted a critical picture of Amazon’s work environment for executives, but a petition currently gaining momentum in the UK suggests that things are far worse for some of the company’s warehouse staff. The Guardian points us to a petition on Change.org that had collected nearly 45,000 signatures as of the time of this writing. Under the heading “@AmazonUK: This Christmas, pay the Living Wage across UK operations,” the petition suggests that Amazon’s seasonal warehouse staff faces “demeaning” working conditions and also that they “won’t earn enough to buy the bare essentials of life” due to Amazon’s low wages for agency staff. The petition is accompanied by the following letter: More →

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Holiday Gadget Sales Analysis

Amazon is slaying brick-and-mortar stores in holiday gadget sales

By on December 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM.

Amazon is slaying brick-and-mortar stores in holiday gadget sales

Brick-and-mortar retail chains did not seem to have a great Thanksgiving week. But the latest comScore numbers show that online shopping not only had a terrific Thanksgiving but that sales growth is actually accelerating into December at a breakneck speed. This Christmas is particularly interesting for consumer electronics, because Apple has widened its smartphone selection, two new home game consoles have just launched and non-Apple tablet selection is unusually broad with Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and a host of Asian vendors promoting their new lineups aggressively. More →

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Amazon Prime Spending

Amazon’s secret weapon (no, it’s not drones)

By on December 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM.

Amazon’s secret weapon (no, it’s not drones)

A new report from market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals Amazon’s not-so-secret secret weapon. The weapon itself — Amazon Prime — is hardly a secret, of course, but CIRP’s new study has seemingly uncovered just how big Prime is for Amazon’s business. According to CIRP’s study, which surveyed 300 Amazon Prime subscribers who made purchases over a three-month period ending in November, Prime account holders shop on Amazon twice as often as non-Prime Amazon customers. More importantly, they spend more than twice as much — CIRP found that Prime customers spend an average of $1,340 per year with Amazon while non-Prime shoppers spend $650 annually. More →

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Amazon Kindle Smartphone Release Date

Amazon reportedly launching Kindle smartphones in early 2014

By on December 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

Amazon reportedly launching Kindle smartphones in early 2014

Amazon’s Kindle line of smartphones is a lot like Apple’s television set: A mythical creature that is only whispered of among analysts and supply chain sources but that never actually materializes. But now Digitimes‘ supply chain sources are claiming that next year will finally, at long last, see the debut of the Kindle phone. More →

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Kindle Fire Pricing Strategy

This is why Amazon will soar in the smartphone market

By on December 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM.

This is why Amazon will soar in the smartphone market

According to a brand new study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, those Amazon customers who own a Kindle spend $1,223 on Amazon products annually. Amazon customers without the tablet spend “just” $790 annually. This $443 gap means that Amazon’s strategy of selling Kindle Fire tablets at near zero margins is working like a charm. Keeping the Kindle device pricing low is creating an army of consumers who are spending freely on Amazon products. In the light of these numbers, it could make perfect sense for Amazon to not only sell its tablets at zero margins, but maybe even below cost. More →

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Amazon Drones Bird Sniper Threats

Amazon drones will face constant threats… from snipers and birds

By on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM.

Amazon drones will face constant threats… from snipers and birds

In addition to meeting whatever requirements the Federal Aviation Administration may have in place for such projects, Amazon Prime Air drones may also have to face actual physical threats. Assuming the company will be allowed to use unmanned autonomous flying devices to deliver goods in 30 minutes or less, Amazon will need to figure out a way to help its drones avoid bird attacks and even sniper threats. Slate mentions a variety of examples from the wild, in which various species of birds attack other birds or flying devices perceived as potential dangers to their habitat. More →

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