Report: Amazon Wants To Help International Factories Sell Directly To You

Report: Amazon Wants To Help International Factories Sell Directly To You

A few years ago, Amazon made a prediction that came true: shoppers were about to use Amazon more for commerce across oceans and borders, ordering easily from all over the world. Yet experts at Amazon must have been wondering how they could help international merchants along, and make more money while they were at it. One possible solution: becoming a freight and warehouse operation for manufacturers abroad. [More]

Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews?

Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews?

Since Amazon began allowing customers to post reviews on product pages, various waves of bogus reviewers have attempted to game the system by posting fictitious or dishonest write-ups. While Amazon has recently taken legal action against people paid to write fake reviews for products, and the site has a ban on most forms of “paid” reviews, there’s a new crop of compensated reviewers who are receiving free or discounted products in exchange for then writing “honest” reviews. But some of these users are writing dozens of reviews a day, sometimes for products they couldn’t possibly have tried. [More]

Mall CEO’s Comment About Amazon Stores Not Meant To Represent Amazon’s Actual Plans

Mall CEO’s Comment About Amazon Stores Not Meant To Represent Amazon’s Actual Plans

Yesterday, everyone from book lovers to Barnes & Noble shareholders reacted to a tiny piece of news about Amazon during another company’s routine earnings call. The CEO of mall operator General Growth Properties told listeners that one factor affecting the future of mall traffic would be the 300 to 400 stores that Amazon plans to open in malls nationwide. “The what now?” everyone else on the call said. Now the company has walked back that comment. Sort of. [More]

Report: Amazon Is Planning Hundreds Of Physical Bookstores Nationwide

Report: Amazon Is Planning Hundreds Of Physical Bookstores Nationwide

If you thought Amazon was determined to eventually put all bookstores out of business, that isn’t quite true. Today, a mall CEO let slip that the Everything Store, which began by selling just books, wants to duplicate its real-life bookstore in Seattle across the country. Update: The company has clarified that this was not meant to be a statement about Amazon’s actual plans, but neither company denies the story, either. [More]

Amazon Taking Longer To Ship To Non-Prime Customers

Amazon Taking Longer To Ship To Non-Prime Customers

After all these years of Amazon Prime being around, most of us know that a major perk of the subscription service is free, expedited shipping. But it looks like Amazon’s focus on getting packages to Prime customers has resulted in slower deliveries for shoppers who didn’t ante up $99/year for Prime. [More]

Report: Amazon Planning A Subscription Streaming Music Service To Rival Spotify

Report: Amazon Planning A Subscription Streaming Music Service To Rival Spotify

The popularity of streaming music services like Spotify has others in the business scrambling to hit upon just the right formula for success. Amazon, for one, is reportedly working on a Spotify-killer that is entirely separate from Prime Music. [More]

New York City Bans Hoverboards On Buses, Trains

New York City Bans Hoverboards On Buses, Trains

If you live in New York City and plan to ride the subway or hop on a city bus, you better leave your “hoverboard” at home. The state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that it is banning the self-balancing scooters from public transportation over fire safety concerns.  [More]

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Ensures That Your Tea Arrives Safely

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Ensures That Your Tea Arrives Safely

Tea is a very important and delicious beverage. Amazon takes your tea very seriously. How seriously do they take it? The Everything Store’s stupid shipping gang took Indira’s tin of teabags and packed it carefully in a box that would fit at least a dozen more tins. [More]

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

Three months after it was revealed that Amazon took a $170 million loss during its last foray into the smartphone market, the e-tailer is reportedly readying plans for a second go-around, this time by partnering with other well-established mobile companies.  [More]

(The Digital Reader)

Amazon Puts Mini E-Book Stores In Drugstores In Washington State

Back in November, Amazon did something unexpected: the company opened a real-life bookstore in its hometown of Seattle. The company also has a Kindle and Fire showroom at its new package pickup point at UC Berkeley. Amazon clearly wants to move into real-life retail, in some ways, and they have an intriguing new product spotted on drugstore shelves in Washington state. [More]

How Social Engineering Fooled Amazon Customer Service Reps Into Sharing A Customer’s Data

How Social Engineering Fooled Amazon Customer Service Reps Into Sharing A Customer’s Data

You generally expect that a company that has your personal information — like your address, recent orders, and billing information — is going to treat that data with some level of care. While you know their privacy policy might still allow some sharing for marketing reasons, you don’t expect their customer service agents to divulge it to anyone who happens to call up and pretend to be you. [More]

Regulators Investigating 13 Hoverboard Companies, Amazon Announces Refunds For Scooter Owners

Regulators Investigating 13 Hoverboard Companies, Amazon Announces Refunds For Scooter Owners

For nearly two months now, federal regulators have been working to get to the bottom of exploding hoverboards. This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced just which brands of self-balancing scooters they are investigating, while also offering a few safety tips for consumers who might already have one of the devices at home.  [More]

Amazon Exec: Prime Air Drones Will Be “More Like Horses Than Cars”

Amazon Exec: Prime Air Drones Will Be “More Like Horses Than Cars”

Amazon isn’t ready to unleash its Prime Air drones into the skies just yet (and the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t ready to let it, either) but in the meantime, company executives don’t mind talking about their plans for Prime Air. [More]

Amazon Doesn’t Just Want To Send You Stuff, It Wants To Handle Shipping Too

Amazon Doesn’t Just Want To Send You Stuff, It Wants To Handle Shipping Too

Amazon is sitting pretty right now with all the business it does as an online purveyor of merchandise, but it’s not content to just sit on its throne of branded boxes, it wants to be the one shipping those items to customers as well. The company just got approval to expand into ocean shipping, giving it more control over items that ship from Chinese factories to U.S. shoppers. [More]

Amazon Opens UC Berkeley Campus Facility For Students To Pick Up Packages, Maybe Try A Fire Tablet

Amazon Opens UC Berkeley Campus Facility For Students To Pick Up Packages, Maybe Try A Fire Tablet

A new college semester will begin soon, and UC Berkeley has a new January transfer: Amazon is opening yet another staffed pickup point on a college campus. The facilities are meant to promote the Amazon brand and alleviate the strain on campus mail services that are flooded with Amazon packages, and there’s something interesting in the Berkeley version: students can sample Kindle devices at an in-store counter. [More]

Amazon Cutting $26 Off The Price Of New Prime Subscriptions This Weekend

Amazon Cutting $26 Off The Price Of New Prime Subscriptions This Weekend

Every now and then, Amazon finds itself in a generous mood for whatever reason, and will offer up special discounts to boost the buzz surrounding its Prime subscription service. This time, it’s a weekend discount that lops $26 off the regular price for an annual membership to Prime… for new subscribers only, of course. [More]

Amazon To Open Fifth On-Campus, Offline Location At University Of Pennsylvania

Amazon To Open Fifth On-Campus, Offline Location At University Of Pennsylvania

Amazon has spent the last year expanding its challenge to the existence of college bookstores, opening pickup locations on campuses scattered across the country. There, students can pick up things that they ordered on Amazon, and… that’s about it. A new pickup point at the University of Pennsylvania will also offer study and collaboration space for student use, and will provide same-day or next-day pickup for members of Amazon Student or Amazon Prime. [More]

Amazon Prime Adds 20% Discount On Video Game Pre-Orders & New Releases

Amazon Prime Adds 20% Discount On Video Game Pre-Orders & New Releases

For years, Amazon was able to win over some video game fans by guaranteeing release-day delivery of new titles. But now that gamers can pre-order digital downloads of their games (for the same price) so that they’re available right away when they go live, Amazon is going after customers who want to save money on these pricey new releases. [More]