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Amazon stock has been on a winning streak over the past month, and that upward momentum means that there is a shakeup afoot when it comes to the ranking of the world’s richest people. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has consistently been at the top (or near the top) of the list, thanks to his [still] heavy investment in the company’s stock, for the past three decades. However, Amazon’s stock performance — capped off by another surge this morning — means that CEO Jeff Bezos is now ranked as the world’s richest person. Amazon shares are up over 2 percent this morning (to $1,078 as of this writing),... Read more...
Late Monday, Amazon kicked off its annual Prime Day celebration with 30 hours of deals aimed at providing its loyal subscribers with discounts on thousands of products. Well, the numbers are in, and Amazon says that this year’s Prime Day was its biggest to date, with sales growing 60 percent year-over-year. According to Amazon, “tens of millions” of Prime members purchased at least one item during Prime Day. Although the online retail giant didn’t give a specific number for the subscribers that participated yesterday, it says that it increased 50 percent year-over-year. In a show of strength for... Read more...
The world's largest online retailer is giving low income individuals and families a reason to skip the lines at Walmart and shop on the web instead. We're of course talking about Amazon, which today announced that customers participating in one of several government assistance programs can sign up for its Prime membership at almost half price. Customers with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card are eligible to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $5.99 per month for one year. That is a 45 percent savings over the regular membership price of $10.99 per month, and members can can cancel anytime.... Read more...
One of the best decisions Amazon ever made was creating a Prime membership program. Any argument otherwise is shattered by the numbers—according to data collected by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (just CIRP from here on out), there are now 80 million Amazon Prime members living in the United States. Not only is that remarkable figure, but they're outspending non-Prime members by almost a 2:1 ratio. CIRP figures that Prime members spend on average around $1,300 per year, compared to about $700 per year for non-member customers. That is a big disparity and it goes to show the value... Read more...
Amazon is the undisputed leader in online retail, with the company offering customers access to just about any product imaginable under the sun. Many of those products can be delivered to your house within a few hours’ time, or at most two days, if you subscribe to the $99/year Amazon Prime subscription service. Needless to say, Americans’ penchant for ordering anything and everything from Amazon means that the company also burns a lot of cash to pay shippers like FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service (USPS). So, what is a company like Amazon to do? For starters, the company is looking to build... Read more...
Amazon may not be racing around the world in eighty days, but it has an eye on the sky. A recent United States patent application revealed that Amazon plans to develop a flying, zeppelin-like warehouse that would deploy delivery drones. Amazon has dubbed its portable warehouse as an “airborne fulfillment center” or AFC. The AFC would house unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones that would deliver items from the AFC to customers. Some of the UAV’s would be temperature-controlled in order to deliver food. Amazon also plans to develop shuttles that would transport goods, drones, and people from... Read more...
Are you dying to dive into the drama of Westeros or find a new favorite movie? Well, Amazon has a deal for you! Amazon Prime customers can now add HBO and Cinemax packages to their streaming video service. Sofia Chang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, HBO, remarked, “For years now, Amazon has demonstrated an incomparable capability for bringing customers exactly what they want, in all the ways they want it. We have a very successful partnership with this great company that continues to evolve. We share the goal of providing Amazon customers more... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of the holiday shopping season getting underway and if you want to get a head start on the madness, you can treat yourself (or someone else) to a discounted Amazon Prime membership this Friday, November 18. The one day discount starts at 12:00 AM (Eastern) and ends at 11:59 PM (Pacific) and is for new members only. That last bit is a buzz kill, but if you have managed to go this long without being a Prime member, Friday is your chance to jump on board for $79, a 20 percent discount for the first year's membership fee. Each year thereafter runs $99, barring... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to upload photos or videos of a special event like a wedding, but did not have enough storage or their ability to share with all of your family and friends? Amazon just introduced several new features to the Prime Photo service to help users share all of their memories. David Nenke, Director of Prime Photos, remarked, “Prime members love the benefit of unlimited photo storage but often struggle to collect and organize photos across multiple devices and accounts into a single, shareable archive. We launched the Family Vault to make it easy for family members to safely store... Read more...
Giving your key to your partner is usually a big step on one’s relationship. Are you ready to take that next step with Amazon? Two smart home companies, August and Garageio, are working with Amazon to enable actual “in-home” deliveries. How would this process work? Users would be able to select in-home delivery and give the mail courier a one-time access code to their August-locked door or Garageio-controlled garage. The courier would then access the key through the Amazon app. Many argue that there are both pros and cons to this kind of system. Companies would no longer need to use extra packaging... Read more...
When the moment is right, will you be ready? Well, Amazon sure hopes so, which is why the e-tail giant is greatly expanding its lineup of Dash Buttons that are meant to make reordering household items dead simple (while also keeping you firmly entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem). According to Amazon, orders placed using Dash Buttons have increased by 75 percent in the past three months and that pace is sure to quicken thanks to today’s announcement. Amazon has revealed that it is adding dozens of new brands of the Dash lineup including Energizer, Trojan, Snuggle, Red Bull, Lysol, Nature Valley... Read more...
It’s no secret that Amazon would love for more people to use it Prime subscription service. Amazon Prime’s hallmark feature is free two-day shipping, but over the years, additional perks have been added including music and video streaming, unlimited cloud storage, free eBooks and discounted new release video games (among other things). In what can be seen as yet another push to get customers to sign up for Prime, which costs $99 per year, Amazon has raised the free shipping minimum for non-Prime orders to $49. This is a $14 bump from the outgoing $35 free shipping minimum that was introduced in... Read more...
Amazon Prime started out as a nifty little program that offered members free 2-day shipping on millions of qualifying items. That perk still applies, though Prime has become so much more. It's also worked its way up to a full fledged streaming video service, and through a new partnership program that ties in with Prime, members can bundle in premium content from the likes of Showtime, Starz, and others. Showtime and Starz both run $8.99 per month. That's a couple bucks cheaper than it costs to stream Showtime through iTunes or Google Play, both of which charge $10.99 per month for Showtime. And... Read more...
Winning an Emmy award isn't easy, just ask Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, or any others who have starred in hit TV shows but have yet to be honored with one of the ultimate prizes. So it's understandable that Amazon is stoked that its own original programming series Transparent notched five Emmy wins at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this week. To celebrate its success, Amazon is making its Prime service available for just $67 to new members. That's a $32 discount over the regular $99 annual fee and a heck of a deal if you're a frequent shopper at Amazon. As... Read more...
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