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Why Amazon is eating the world | TechCrunch
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation.
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yesterday by mikon_nikon
Amazon’s New Customer – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
This is the key to understanding the purchase of Whole Foods: to the outside it may seem that Amazon is buying a retailer. The truth, though, is that Amazon is buying a customer — the first-and-best customer that will instantly bring its grocery efforts to scale.
amazon  business  economics  strategy 
yesterday by mayonissen
Big Prize in Amazon-Whole Foods Deal: Data - WSJ
By Laura Stevens and Heather Haddon
June 20, 2017

The deal for Whole Foods Market Inc., which people familiar with the matter said came together quickly, presents Amazon with several potential gains. It could use the stores as distribution hubs to build out its online grocery-delivery business. Amazon also could stock gadgets such as its Kindle e-readers and Echo speakers, as well as goods from its burgeoning private label.

The bigger opportunity, though, is data.

Amazon for years has been looking for more ways to gather information about how consumers shop. It has long been rumored to be on the prowl for a breakthrough deal, even as it set up its own much smaller Amazon Go and AmazonFresh Pickup stores as experiments.

If the deal goes through, the combination likely will be powerful. Amazon and Whole Foods can join their online and in-store knowledge to better predict what goods to carry in each store, said James Thomson, a former senior manager in business development at Amazon and now partner at the brand consultancy Buy Box Experts.....One enticing aspect of a deal between Amazon and Whole Foods is the significant overlap, analysts say, between the companies’ traditionally loyal customer bases.

A Morgan Stanley survey shows about 62% of Whole Foods shoppers are members of Amazon’s Prime service, opening the door for cross-sell promotions to entice customers who shop at both to spend more.

Amazon, though, doesn’t know how those customers shop in stores—a gaping hole in data about its more than 300 million shoppers.....Amazon has had a more difficult experiment with Amazon Go, its convenience-style store in which customers scan their phones as they walk in, pick up items to purchase and exit without a traditional checkout. The public opening has been delayed, in part because of technological hurdles and Amazon’s limited experience in managing the flow of customers and products in a physical space....

.......The data Amazon collects will likely help it decide which of its growing roster of private-label brands to expand and which new ones to launch, especially when it comes to consumables and food. Whole Foods already has a large private-label business...Bringing together online and offline data can help Amazon learn how to entice customers to make more impulse purchases online, according to analysts and retail consultants.
data  omnichannel  Amazon  Whole_Foods  physical_space  private_labels  impulse_purchasing 
yesterday by jerryking
Amazon's Cheap 4K TVs Are Good Enough for Almost Anyone
Remember when 4Ks used to cost a damn fortune? Those days are quickly coming to an end, and if you need proof, look no further than Amazon’s new line of budget televisions, manufactured under the Westinghouse and Element brands. They come with all the smarts of Amazon’s excellent Fire TV set-top box as well as a price-to-quality ratio that makes them appealing to just about anyone who isn’t willing to take out a mortgage to watch the game in higher quality.
lifehacker  gear  tv  amazon  4k 
yesterday by kger
Training for the Alexa Skills Kit - Amazon Developer Portal
Learn to design and build engaging voice experiences. Check out these training resources by our own Alexa evangelists as well as third-party education organizations. Community members like our Alexa Champions have also contributed helpful materials to share their passion for Alexa skill building. Dive in and start learning!
amazon  alexa  voice  technology  education 
yesterday by oheredia
Paxful - Buy bitcoin with gift & debit cards
Buy bitcoin with gift cards, debit cards, safely, easily and instantly at Paxful.
bitcoin  gift-card  amazon 
yesterday by lazy.lightning
Amazon has so many interns that the Seattle transit system is expanding its bus service | Quartz
King County Metro is increasing the frequency of buses after hundreds of summer interns overwhelmed services on some routes. About 900 Amazon interns are staying at the UW for the summer.
Quartz  !UWitM  2017  amazon 
yesterday by uwnews
Amazon Bites Off Even More Monopoly Power - NYTimes.com
Because of their gatekeeper role, railroads had power to discriminate, both among users and in favor of their own wares. These middlemen could tax the farmers and oil producers who depended on their rails — or deny them a ride and sink their livelihoods....And like the railroads of yore, Amazon dictates terms and prices to those dependent on its rails. During negotiations with the publisher Hachette over e-book pricing, Amazon showed its might by effectively disabling sales of thousands of Hachette’s books overnight.
amazon  antitrust 
yesterday by jomc
The Amazon effect: Metro adds buses to handle new flock of summer interns | The Seattle Times
However you measure it, Amazon’s impact on Seattle is indisputable. Here’s a new metric: summer interns. Amazon has so many that King County Metro has adjusted bus service just for them. More than 99 of them will live in UW dorms and apartments this summer. UW spokesperson Victor Balta is quoted.
Seattle.Times  !UWitM  2017  Balta.Victor  amazon 
yesterday by uwnews
The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes
In this interactive map, explore the magical landscapes and indigenous cultures of the the Colombian Amazon through the travels of the legendary ethobotanist Richard Evan Schultes.
schultes  ethnobotany  ACT  amazon  botany  travel  travelogue 
2 days ago by kafka4prez

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