Amazon is reported to have extended its business reach into fresh grocery provision and is operating a trial of the ‘Amazon Fresh Pickup’ service from two ‘bricks-and-mortar’ locations in its home city of Seattle.
Order Online and Pickup From Fresh Food Warehouse
The Amazon Fresh Pickup pilot service is now being offered to Amazon Prime members who can shop online for fresh groceries and then drive to pick them up (as quickly as 15 minutes after the order has been placed) from warehouses in the Ballard and Sodo neighbourhoods of Seattle in the US.
The obvious difference to the Amazon Fresh service, which already operates in 16 cities (14 US metropolitan centres, Tokyo, and London) is that customers are invited to come and pick their shopping up themselves, rather than having it delivered to their door.
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A slowing in Amazon’s Web Services’ astronomical growth rate of recent years has, according to some commentators, made it look as though Microsoft and Google have more of a chance of stealing at least some of its cloud market share.
This latest round of speculation about whether the two leaders of the pack chasing a bigger share of the enterprise cloud market has been triggered by the release and the trumpeting of the healthy financial figures by all three.
At the heart of the speculation that Microsoft and Google may be gaining a little on AWS (which is, realistically, still in a league of its own) is the assumption that a growth rate that big, combined with a huge number of customers (surely) can’t be sustainable. Continue reading “A Gap In The Cloud – Could Google And Microsoft Be Gaining On Amazon?”
Amazon has launched a new ‘Subscribe With Amazon’ service which enables consumers to discover, subscribe and manage a range of digital subscriptions, and enables subscription businesses to reach millions of new customers.
What Is It?
Whereas we are likely to have searched for and purchased all manner of digital subscriptions for products / services e.g. streaming services, apps, fitness classes etc. in many different places around the web, ‘Subscribe With Amazon’ groups, categorises and organises all manner of digital subscriptions in one place. Continue reading “Buy And Sell Subscriptions Through Amazon”
Amazon has launched its ‘Amazon Business’ service in the UK. The service, which has been added to the existing website, is essentially a trade counter for UK businesses, where they can buy anything from office supplies and computers to power tools and industrial machinery.
Who & Where?
The new Business marketplace service is targeted squarely at UK businesses and organisations of all kinds, from sole traders to multinationals, to hospitals, and third sector organisations. Continue reading “Amazon Launches UK Online Trade Counter Called ‘Amazon Business’”
At the recent Association of the United States Army (AUSA) symposium, General David Perkins told the audience about an incident where a close ally of the U.S. used a £2.5 million patriot missile to shoot down $200 drone purchased from Amazon.
The incident, which has been described by commentators such as Justin Bronk of the Royal United Services Institute as “overkill”, was recounted to an audience of military personnel and military supply company representatives. News of the incident was used by the General in his speech in order to illustrate the kinetic / economic challenge facing military commanders (of all nations) where cheap technology is now being used by adversaries for attacks. Continue reading “Amazon Drone Shot Down With Patriot Missile”
Online retailer Amazon has announced that is going to create 5,000 new full-time jobs in the UK this year.
The new jobs will boost Amazon’s total, permanent UK workforce to 24,000.
What Kind of Jobs?
It has been reported that Amazon is going to be hiring people in a range of roles, including anything from software developers to warehouse staff. The new UK jobs will also include hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities.
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Amazon Echo’ gadgets in homes across the city of San Diego on the West Coast of the US were activated by a comment made by a TV presenter.
What is Amazon Echo?
Amazon Echo is a 23.5cm tall, cylindrical, smart ‘hands-free’, voice operated speaker. The product, which was developed by Amazon and is also known as Doppler or Project D, contains a 7 piece array of microphones to allow it to receive and respond to requests from the operator.
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News has surfaced of a patent that’s reported to have been filed by Amazon back in December 2014 for a flying warehouse, or airborne fulfilment centre (AFC), that can use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to deliver items to users.
The patent has been recently unearthed and reported via Twitter by analyst Zoe Leavitt from CB Insights, who described the idea as ‘the Death Star of ecommerce”.
An Airship at High Altitude
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Amazon look set to launch a new type of high tech (Robot) grocery shop next year that allows customers to use an app to record (and pay for) their purchases rather than having to go through a checkout.
What’s So Different About The Amazon Store?
The new Amazon store uses a combination of a special app and in-store technology to allow customers to shop and then ‘just walk out’ without having to encounter a physical checkout.
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