Amazon Is Turning These Four Cities Into Grocery Battlegrounds

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The Amazon-fueled grocery price war may have finally arrived.  News that Amazon.com will start offering two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores in four U.S. cities has the food world buzzing that competition is about to heat up in an industry that survives on razor-thin margins.  In the six months since Amazon acquired the organic grocer, the e-commerce giant has… Read more »

Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

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  Amazon’s product recommendations had been infused with AI since the company’s very early days, as had areas as disparate as its shipping schedules and the robots zipping around its warehouses. But in recent years, there has been a revolution in the field; machine learning has become much more effective, especially in a supercharged form known… Read more »

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »

Is Amazon Going to Rule the World?

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Amazon wants to deliver everything you want to your doorstep, anywhere in the world. But the e-commerce giant faces several challenges in its pursuit of a global empire. WSJ’s Karan Deep Singh breaks down the basics with the help of an Amazon delivery box. Source: Wall Street Journal Date: January 11th, 2018 Link to video: http://on.wsj.com/2AP4DTY Discussion 1)… Read more »

Amazon’s Clever Solution to Stolen Deliveries: Your Trunk

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A recent study suggests that nearly eight out of 10 Americans shop online. This is a boon for companies like Amazon that specialize in home delivery, but also for more unsavory enterprises—including the crooks who specialize in swiping people’s packages. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/10/10/amazon-phrame/ Discussion 1) “the solution involves Amazon working with a maker of… Read more »

Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives

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Google Home wakes you up in the morning and later, Google recommends a lunch spot – it even gives you live information on how busy it is. It is partly responsible for your cab home, as Google is an investor in Uber. You checked in with friends on Facebook on that morning commute (you might have also used… Read more »

What Amazon knows: ‘The war for retail will be won in groceries’

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Amazon believes the future of grocery shopping is online. So why is the retail giant spending $13.7 billion to acquire 460 brick-and-mortar Whole Foods stores and lower prices on “organic bananas” and “responsibly-farmed salmon?” Answer: To dominate the grocery business like it has many others by increasing the number of customers while undercutting the competition. Source: CNN Technology… Read more »

Amazon leans into tipping point for online apparel

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The outlook for physical retailers is grim, the sector roiled by store closings, layoffs and bankruptcies. This year, Amazon will surpass Macy’s, which last year announced it would shut 100 stores, to become the largest seller of apparel in America, by several analysts’ estimates. It is looking at ways to keep expanding, too. Amazon is… Read more »