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Amazon’s Free Banana Stands Disrupting Local Fruit Economy

Although there is no money in Amazon’s community banana stands — where the company has been offering free fruit to both workers and locals in Seattle since 2015 — the tech giant’s largesse is changing the banana landscape for some nearby businesses. [More]

Mike Mozart

Is Walmart Catching Up With Amazon In The Online Shopping Race?

In the world of retail, bricks-and-mortar retailers have one common enemy: Amazon. Walmart may finally be catching up with the e-commerce giant, reporting a 69% jump in online sales last quarter. [More]

Mike Mozart

Amazon Also Wants To Sell You (Prescription) Drugs

When Amazon executives look around their virtual store, we imagine they must be tapping their chins and thinking, “Hmm, what else do people want?” The company already sells everything from books to riding mowers, and now, it’s reportedly getting very serious about the idea of expanding into the pharmacy business. [More]

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Amazon Wants To Sell You More Furniture & Appliances, But Can It Deliver?

Amazon got its start selling things that were easy to store and cheap to ship: books, CDs, DVDs, and while the online giant quickly expanded to offer just about anything, the website is still an afterthought in many shoppers’ minds for expensive, hard-to-ship items like appliances and furniture. That could soon change, as Amazon invests in infrastructure to ease the pain of storing and delivering these bulky products. [More]

REL Waldman

Report: Amazon Blocked Walmart’s Shopping Bots From Getting Pricing Data

In the crowded arena of online shopping, speed is of the essence if you want to keep up with your competitors’ prices: If you aren’t quick enough, your rival could undercut you. A new report claims that Walmart is trying its hardest to automatically track Amazon’s prices, but it’s not having much luck. [More]

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Target Quietly Raised Minimum Free Shipping Threshold From $25 to $35

While Amazon just recently dropped its free shipping minimum from $35 to $25, Target has made the baffling decision to go in the opposite direction, raising its minimum required purchase for free shipping to $35. [More]

Amazon Launches ‘Echo Show,’ A $230 Alexa Speaker With A 7″ Screen

Amazon Launches ‘Echo Show,’ A $230 Alexa Speaker With A 7″ Screen

If simply talking to Alexa on your Amazon Echo Speaker just wasn’t doing it for you, soon you could talk to — and see — your friends or family through the e-commerce company’s upcoming screen-equipped Echo Show.  [More]

Drew Stephens

Amazon Drops Free Shipping Minimum To $25

Online shoppers are benefitting from the e-commerce battle between Amazon and Walmart. Amazon has once again lowered its minimum for free shipping for non-Prime orders, from $35 to $25, undercutting Walmart’s minimum by $10. [More]

Kitty & Kal-El

Report: Amazon Video Is Finally Coming To Apple TV

It looks like Amazon and Apple may have decided to kiss and make up: A new report says the two Silicon Valley rivals are close to to a deal that would make Amazon’s video app available on Apple TV. [More]

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Amazon Won’t Say Why Next-Day Shipping Option Sometimes Vanishes

When you’re looking at an item page on Amazon, you may see a note that says, “Want it by tomorrow? Order it within 45 minutes,” and realize that yes, you do need that printer cartridge the next day. What’s confusing for some shoppers, though, is that sometimes same-day or next-day delivery is available on the item page, then disappears when they go to check out. [More]

Amazon’s Alexa Inches Closer To Human With Ability To Whisper, Raise Voice

Amazon’s Alexa Inches Closer To Human With Ability To Whisper, Raise Voice

Sure, talking to a speaker definitely isn’t the same as talking to your friend, but if you have an Echo — or other device with Alexa integration — it may soon seem more like a human-to-human convo.  [More]

Mike Seyfang

Amazon Now Working On Self-Driving Vehicles For Deliveries

Between drones, leased planes, and its own fleet of Flex drivers, Amazon has a decent foothold in the transportation-and-delivery market. But now the company apparently has an eye on the future, and it involves driverless vehicles.  [More]

Google Home Now Recognizes Specific Users’ Voices, Allows For Multiple Accounts

Google Home Now Recognizes Specific Users’ Voices, Allows For Multiple Accounts

In a move to differentiate its Google Home voice-activated assistant from competitors like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, or Microsoft’s Clippy (yes, we know it’s Cortana, but we prefer Clippy), Google has tweaked its Google Home assistant to allow for multiple users, each of whom can supposedly be uniquely identified by their voice. [More]

Diapers.com, Soap.com, And Sibling Sites To Be Folded Into Amazon On Wednesday

Diapers.com, Soap.com, And Sibling Sites To Be Folded Into Amazon On Wednesday

The Amazon-owned Quidsi family of websites, including Diapers.com, Soap.com, and BeautyBar.com, is dead, but customers of those sites still have questions: Where can they shop now, and what will they do if they have a problem with an item ordered on the sites? [More]

Mike Mozart

Amazon Reportedly Exploring Purchase Of BJ’s Wholesale

After decades of being the face of online-only retail, Amazon is increasingly inching into the bricks-and-mortar world: pop-up stores; planned supermarkets without checkouts; a reported interest in buying Whole Foods — and now the possible acquisition of BJ’s Wholesale Club. [More]

Don’t Even Think About Going To The Bathroom Or Getting Sick On Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship

Don’t Even Think About Going To The Bathroom Or Getting Sick On Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship

The funny thing about the body is that sometimes we just can’t control what it does. That could be a problem for consumers who score a ticket on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space vehicles, where three bodily functions are being banned.  [More]

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Amazon Was Thinking About Buying Whole Foods: No, Really.

What do you get when you combine a flailing health food chain and an e-commerce giant that’s desperate to get into the grocery business? We could have found out, since Amazon was reportedly thinking about buying Whole Foods. [More]

Amazon Debuts Tool Allowing Parents To Track Kids’ Activities

Amazon Debuts Tool Allowing Parents To Track Kids’ Activities

Many parents monitor their child’s activity when using a computer, phone, or tablet, but the task of checking individual apps and browsing history can be daunting. Amazon thinks it has the answer, at least for kids using its FreeTime program, in a new Parent Dashboard.  [More]