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Old 05-06-2016, 05:38 PM   #201
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It will be interesting to see how many drones are flying around in the middle of the night dropping off condoms.
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Amazon Launches YouTube-Like Video Service - WSJ

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Beginning Tuesday, Amazon account holders can upload original or their own licensed videos to the new Video Direct service

May 10, 2016

Amazon.com Inc. is intensifying its rivalry with Alphabet Inc.’s Google with a new ad-supported video service that resembles YouTube by letting anyone upload clips.

Beginning Tuesday, Amazon account holders can upload original or their own licensed videos to the new Video Direct service, the Seattle-based online retailer said. Such users can designate whether their videos are free to everyone, available to rent or own, offered through a subscription channel, or behind Amazon’s $99-per-year Prime paywall.

Of course, Amazon faces an uphill battle if it wants to create an able competitor to YouTube, which has a decadelong head-start. More likely, Amazon aims to capture new users through the free video service and convince them to buy Prime subscriptions, content for their devices or additional merchandise through its namesake site.

“Think of this like a Trojan horse to bring you into the kingdom of Amazon, which is a massive shopping mall,” said Peter Csathy, the chief of consulting firm Manatt Digital Media Ventures. “It really underscores how video has become the battleground in tech.”

Amazon has studied ways to get more streaming video onto its site, including a program it considered two years ago to offer ad-supported streaming television and music videos.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to enable content creators to find an engaged audience and to make it easier for customers to discover great content,” said a spokeswoman.

With Video Direct, Amazon says it is targeting “creators and storytellers,” giving it a cheaper way to stock up on professionally made video than purchasing licensed content. The company spends about $3 billion annually on streaming video content, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.

Still, YouTube is the dominant force for user-generated video and offers ad-supported music videos and even feature-length movies. This year it introduced a paid subscription service that eliminates advertisements and includes some exclusive content. YouTube is expected to make nearly $2 billion in U.S. video-ad revenue this year, claiming about 20% of the market, according to eMarketer.

Amazon said it will keep 45% of revenue it takes in from ads appearing during free broadcasts, which matches YouTube’s arrangement. It will also keep 50% of revenue from channel subscriptions and video purchases or rentals. For ad-free Prime videos, the company will pay content holders 15 cents for each hour of streamed in the U.S. and 6 cents overseas.

Similar to how merchants sell on the Amazon.com marketplace, the new Video Direct service will be open to anyone, though the company can block videos with content it deems inappropriate. Amazon said it will filter out videos with inappropriate content, such as those with hateful speech or pornography, using a combination of software algorithms and human screeners.
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Gotta like Amazon's plans. Take a little but from each heavyweight and try to do it better.
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shit, this is my chance to be famous on Amazon!
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You had a chance to be famous on YouTube for years
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Amazon no longer offers refunds for after-the-sale price drops

Say goodbye to the days when Amazon would cut you a break if the price of a product dropped right after you ordered it. Customers are reporting that Amazon has stopped offering partial refunds on orders if a price drop happens within 7 days -- if you pull the trigger shortly before a sale, you'll just have to live with your choice. Amazon tells Recode that it didn't officially have a policy like this outside of televisions, but it's now clear that the company no longer hands out exceptions like they were candy.

It's possible that Amazon is reacting to services that automatically ask for refunds when they detect price drops, and not just because of the money it stands to lose from thrifty shoppers. Amazon warns that those sites are asking for your login details. While many of those outsiders are likely to be above-board, there's no guarantee that a site won't abuse your info or fall victim to a data breach.
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Amazon Is Quietly Eliminating List Prices


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/bu...st-prices.html
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^Very cool site
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Unless the item is exclusive to Amazon, it's not hard to find what the regular retail price of an item is.

This won't affect me at all. I don't shop with Amazon all that much, and when I do, it's after I've comparison shopped and determined that they have the best price and/or are the most convenient to shop with.

Removing list prices will probably help Prime subscribers spend more, and it could also help with Dash button sales.

Interestingly, AMZN just hit a new all time high.

$734.24 , $6.14 (0.84%) 12:05PM EDT

$800 here we come.

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MSRP is bullshit and we all should know that as car peeps... no one pay MSRP for anything


In addition to camelcamelcamel, I use "the Tracktor" plugin in chrome and it'll track prices and email you when a price drops ! It's super nifty
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Interesting. Best Buy now doing free 2 day shipping with purchases $35 and up.
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Amazon Prime for $68 on Friday, Sept 23 to celebrate Amazon's 2 Emmy wins at 68th Emmy Awards?

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Prime Airplanes. Prime delivery service?

Amazon?s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx - WSJ

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Amazon’s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx

To constrain rising shipping costs, the online retailer is building its own delivery operation

Sept. 27, 2016

Just before the morning rush hour on a recent Thursday, a brigade of vans rolled up to a low-slung warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport.

Workers in bright green vests crammed some 150 Amazon.com packages into each truck before the fleet headed through the urban sprawl to customers’ doorsteps.






This logistical dance wasn’t performed by United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corp. or the U.S. Postal Service, all longtime carriers for the online retailer. It was part of an operation by Amazon.com Inc. itself, which is laying the groundwork for its own shipping business in a brazen challenge to America’s freight titans.

Tackling the delivery business, Amazon executives publicly say, is a logical way to add delivery capacity—particularly during the peak Christmas season. But interviews with nearly two dozen current and former Amazon managers and business partners indicate the retailer has grander ambitions than it has publicly acknowledged.

Amazon’s goal, these people say, is to one day haul and deliver packages for itself as well as other retailers and consumers—potentially upending the traditional relationship between seller and sender.






Some executives refer to the initiative as “Consume the City,” a nod to the company’s plans to build a massive delivery network that could eventually compete with such partners as UPS, according to people familiar the matter.

Executives at the freight giants are skeptical, and so are analysts and logistics experts. They say it would be difficult and costly to build a domestic delivery network to rival the big U.S. players, especially after the failed multibillion-dollar attempt by Deutsche Post AG ’s DHL Express in the 2000s.

Memphis-based FedEx says it is spending more than $5 billion annually on expansion and upgrades; UPS says it shells out in excess of $2.5 billion. The two companies have managed to blanket the world with a total of roughly 4,000 hubs and other facilities to sort tens of millions of packages a day. Combined, they operate more than 1,000 planes and 200,000 vehicles to deliver packages to doors.

“The level of global investment in facilities, sorting, aircraft, vehicles, people to replicate the service we provide, or our primary competitor provides, is just daunting, and frankly, in our view, unrealistic,” says FedEx CFO Alan Graf. “We’ve been at this for 40 years.”






In an emailed statement, an Amazon spokesman said “we are very happy to have the delivery capacity our carrier partners can provide. They provide a high quality service, and our own delivery efforts are needed to supplement that capacity rather than replace it.”

Inside the company, executives describe, in the words of one senior official, how Amazon “is building a full-service logistics and transportation network effectively from the ground up.”

Now the stage is set for Amazon to move against the partners that have helped power much of its success so far. Shipping costs as a percentage of sales have risen every year since 2009. Last year, Amazon spent $11.5 billion on shipping, or 10.8% of sales, compared with 7.5% in 2010. Total revenue for the year was $107 billion.

The company could save $1.1 billion annually if it stopped using UPS and FedEx, according to Citigroup Inc. analysts. Keeping packages under its own control just over longer distances could save Amazon around $3 or more on a typical delivery, the analysts say. The average cost to ship a package via UPS or FedEx is $7.81, they estimate.

Amazon currently delivers its own packages from roughly 70 facilities in 21 states, having built most of them in the past two years, according to data from supply-chain consultancy MWPVL International Inc. Today, 44% of the U.S. populace is within 20 miles of an Amazon facility, compared with 5% in 2010, according to investment bank Piper Jaffray.

All of this helps to explain why Amazon wants more control over its delivery chain—from factories in China through U.S. ports to sprawling suburban warehouses and neighborhood package-sorting centers. It hopes to offer more delivery times, including hours not available from traditional carriers, say people familiar with the plan. The cost of such a system isn’t known.

To help oversee its delivery projects, Amazon this summer brought back Uber Technologies Inc. executive Tim Collins as a vice president of global logistics. Mr. Collins spent 16 years at Amazon, helping to lead the retailer’s European operations, before leaving the company in late 2014 to join Uber.

Amazon has also recruited dozens of UPS and FedEx executives and hundreds of other UPS workers in recent years, say people familiar with the matter.

The company is buying long-haul truck trailers to ship by ground, building delivery drones to conquer the sky and looking to manage shipping by sea. In August, it showed off the first in a fleet of 40 Boeing 767-300s it is leasing for its branded Prime Air logistics service.

Stitching together a full-fledged logistics network could give Amazon a piece of a world-wide delivery market that, according to financial services firm Robert W. Baird, generates roughly $400 billion in annual revenue.

It could also damage its relationships with UPS and FedEx. Amazon contributes around $1 billion to UPS’s revenue, according to people familiar with the matter. Perhaps more important, the retail giant’s heft helps both UPS and FedEx to be more cost effective by allowing drivers to drop off more packages in the same areas. If Amazon pulls too much business from the delivery giants, the carriers could respond by eliminating certain volume discounts.

Currently, Amazon is focused on solving the riddle of the so-called last mile—the final and most expensive leg of a package’s journey to the doorstep.






To make last-mile deliveries profitable, logistics experts say, companies need shorter drives and more packages per stop. Amazon, they say, doesn’t yet have enough consumer deliveries to hit this threshold.

The company is conducting its trials in large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. Those places have a high density of members who belong to Amazon’s $99-per-year Prime unlimited shipping program. Gnarled traffic in those cities—especially in Los Angeles—also tests drivers’ mettle and speediness.

As part of its efforts, Amazon is making some deliveries using only trucks and infrastructure it oversees, people familiar with the matter say.

The retailer also has begun distributing boxes and packaging materials to a small number of Los Angeles customers so they, too, can use Amazon as a delivery service, the people say. The test helps ensure Amazon’s trucks aren’t empty when they return to warehouses and give customers more incentive to keep ordering from Amazon.

Amazon embarked in earnest on building its own last-mile network after UPS failed to bring orders to customers in time for Christmas in 2013, costing Amazon millions of dollars in refunds, according to people familiar with the matter. That holiday season, Amazon overwhelmed UPS and other carriers after it failed to accurately forecast its delivery needs, prompting chaos at sorting centers.

Since then, Amazon has more than doubled the number of warehouses in the U.S. to more than 180, according to MWPVL. That includes more than 70 local delivery stations and Prime Now hubs within reach of nearly every major metropolitan area. In many of those areas, Amazon can deliver merchandise in as little as one hour after receiving an order.

Just a few years ago, if an Amazon Prime customer in Atlanta ordered a $13 set of beer glasses only available from California, Amazon would load that order, with others, onto a tractor trailer and haul it to the closest UPS air hub. Next, a plane might ferry it to Louisville, Ky., and load it onto another flight bound for Atlanta. Then the package would be trucked to the nearest delivery center, sorted a final time and delivered by a UPS van. Such a journey could wipe out any profit for Amazon.

The company now aims to do more of the steering. If those glasses aren’t in stock at a fulfillment center near Atlanta, it could fly them there in its own planes and then pay the Postal Service to ship them a shorter distance. Or, contract drivers could make final delivery.

Amazon has flirted with delivery by Uber drivers and newspaper carriers. It has experimented with a program known as “I Have Space,” stashing inventory in warehouses owned by other companies.

A more established program called Flex hires so-called citizen-couriers, who work as freelance delivery people to pick up packages from warehouses using an Amazon app. It has expanded to nearly 30 metropolitan areas in the last year. Drivers can earn up to $25 an hour in two-hour shifts making deliveries, according to Amazon’s website.

Some Amazon executives believe that the on-demand contract driver model, which passes along fuel and insurance costs, could eventually become an important part of the company’s network.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s last-mile effort has become particularly visible in San Francisco’s relatively compact confines. Just two years ago, workers loaded rented delivery vans with packages from a modified trailer in a parking lot beside Candlestick Park, the former football stadium. Today, hundreds of Amazon-branded white trucks, dispatched from a giant warehouse near the airport, troll the city’s winding streets—even on Sundays.
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For a place I rarely buy from, these guys are kicking ass
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Almost all my purchases are from Amazon. Brick and motor shopping is shit.
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For a place I rarely buy from, these guys are kicking ass
Amazon is my go-to supplier of choice for nearly everything I buy on line. Love 'em.
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I did more buying on Amazon before they were forced to implement sales tax...was more worth it at that time. I do still use them...but the times things have been delivered by their own amazon drivers have been nightmares. 2 incidents. Both highly negative. And amazons customer service blows when dealing with it.
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i just hate when it says delivered and its not on the front porch...
stupid USPS keeping it in the mail box
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Amazon is my go-to supplier of choice for nearly everything I buy on line. Love 'em.
My go to as well, Anything that is needed, I go there first, not having to make special trips to local stores and dealing with those people. Perfect, and I don't mind that I pay a sales tax.

Two weeks ago I needed a toilet float blub. Looked it on amazon. If I would have bought it then, I would have had it we I needed it three days later. Instead I was running to Home Depot at 9pm on a Friday.

Had no AA batteries Tuesday afternoon, order them right away. They showed up last night, perfect because that flashlight I needed to crawl around with in the attic morning, batteries didn't work.
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Yeah I figured millions including you guys had Amazon as their go to. Like Sarlacc, the sales tax threw me off. And since I'm minutes from Target/WalMart/Best Buy (price match) and I have a gf who doesn't mind getting shit for me, my B&M shopping trips are typically to BJ's or a supermarket. Stuff for my hobbies used to be always be cheapest on Amazon but since a few years back they weren't as competitive.
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so for those who got the $67 prime deal last year, did the price go back up to $99 when it renewed this month?? just curious.
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Yeah I figured millions including you guys had Amazon as their go to. Like Sarlacc, the sales tax threw me off. And since I'm minutes from Target/WalMart/Best Buy (price match) and I have a gf who doesn't mind getting shit for me, my B&M shopping trips are typically to BJ's or a supermarket. Stuff for my hobbies used to be always be cheapest on Amazon but since a few years back they weren't as competitive.
I'm not worried about price matching. Time is money, and if I have to spend more time getting the difference, it needs to be a lot of savings. If it doesn't match what I get paid hourly or daily, it isn't worth my time. I'd rather be enjoying my hobbies, than running around saving a few dollars. And my hobby is an expensive one.
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while my suburb has everything pretty close by, traffic is still a bitch.
and waiting in lines is for suckers.
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I'm not worried about price matching. Time is money, and if I have to spend more time getting the difference, it needs to be a lot of savings. If it doesn't match what I get paid hourly or daily, it isn't worth my time. I'd rather be enjoying my hobbies, than running around saving a few dollars. And my hobby is an expensive one.
If I wasn't near all the retail shops I'd probably use Amazon more though I still use online competitors. I definitely factor in time. If I can save $50 for something but I have to drive across the county forget it. I'll wait.
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I have all the major B&M stores around me. Still don't want to mess with them.
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Shieeeetttt first they started with their own trucks, now plane? They're going to change the entire logistics game... Take a lot of work from USPS, UPS and shitty ass Ontrac...
Amazon taking another step to be their own logistics and delivery company

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Retailer expects facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport to create more than 2,000 jobs

Feb. 1, 2017

Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday it plans to build its first air cargo hub to accommodate its growing fleet of planes, signaling the company is ramping up its expansion into transporting, sorting and delivering its own packages.

The Seattle-based retailer said it expects the new air hub, located at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport in Hebron, Ky., to create more than 2,000 jobs. The move will lessen its dependence on traditional carriers, including United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp., both of whose largest hubs are nearby, in Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn., respectively.

Last year, Amazon said it was planning to lease 40 cargo planes, 16 of which are currently in its fleet. It also brought on a dedicated network of 4,000 semi trailers to increase trucking capacity and has a fleet of citizen courier Flex drivers making deliveries in major metro areas.

Amazon’s goal is to eventually haul and deliver packages for itself as well as other retailers and consumers—making it a direct competitor with UPS and FedEx, according to people familiar with the matter. The air cargo hub follows Amazon’s recent ocean debut, handling shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its site, taking on a role it previously left to global freight-transportation companies.

Amazon’s plans call for around $1.5 billion in investment and upward of 2 million square feet, said Dan Tobergte, CEO of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation. He’s trying to secure $40 million in incentives for the project, which he expects to break ground as soon as needed approvals are received.

The investment is expected to eventually include several buildings, material-handling equipment and a place to park airplanes, he added. Amazon didn't say when the air hub will open.

Amazon’s announcement could foreshadow “significant further investment in air-cargo logistics infrastructure,” adds Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst Colin Sebastian in a note, eventually leading to Amazon becoming a competitor in the freight and logistics market and shipping packages for third parties.

Still, Amazon’s relatively new transportation network is currently dwarfed by traditional carriers like UPS and FedEx. UPS’s largest air hub, Louisville, Ky. ’s Worldport, employs nearly 10,000 people, for example, and the delivery giant’s world-wide air fleet totals more than 500. That hub has the capacity to sort about 416,000 packages per hour and is about 5.2 million square feet.

It appears—for now—Amazon is more concerned with shoring up its own volume to ensure it has enough capacity during busy times like the holidays than competing with the carriers, analysts said.

Amazon’s airport location choice means it will be neighbors with Deutsche Post AG’s DHL, a major provider of international shipments to the e-commerce giant. DHL also has a big hub at the Cincinnati airport. That could facilitate transferring shipments between planes and further lessen Amazon’s dependence on UPS and FedEx.

The online retail giant already has a large presence in Kentucky, with 11 fulfillment centers in place there in part due to the area’s central location that enables it to act as a logistics hub.

The location chosen by Amazon is within about a two day’s drive of a significant amount of the U.S. population, said Jack Atkins, a transportation analyst with Stephens Inc. “It makes sense that Amazon would want to build something that fits their freight and how they view their logistics needs,” he added.

The site’s new jobs may count toward the 100,000 jobs Amazon pledged in early January to create in the U.S. by mid-2018.
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I always forget about my prime membership renewal..
like, oh yeah, here's a hundred dollar charge to your credit card...
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Amazon Plans Air Cargo Service for Chinese Customers

The move is an expansion of Amazon’s growing business as a global freight forwarder and third-party logistics company

March 15, 2017

Amazon.com Inc. has developed a business to handle shipments for its sellers by land and by sea—and soon by air.

The Seattle-based retail giant is planning to offer its sellers in China the ability to fly their goods internationally as air cargo, according to an Amazon Logistics site.

The move is an expansion of Amazon’s growing business as a global freight forwarder and third-party logistics company, putting it more directly in competition with companies like United Parcel Service Inc. and Deutsche Post AG’s DHL. In recent months, Amazon began handling the shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its site, taking on a role it had previously left to global freight-transportation companies.

Amazon’s entry into the market is “a huge wake-up call to an industry that’s been very slow to adopt technology,” said Ryan Petersen, chief executive of Flexport Inc., a San Francisco-based startup freight-forwarder that uses software to scrub inefficiencies from the process of arranging international cargo shipments for small- and midsize companies.

Amazon’s offerings vary by country, a spokeswoman said. “In China, we offer Amazon Logistics+ to provide operational support to companies of all sizes,” she said.

The site outlines a corner of how Amazon is pushing forward in its plans to one day haul and deliver packages and cargo for others as well as itself.

Amazon has recently detailed plans to build an air cargo hub in the U.S. and has said it would lease 40 cargo jets. The company has said that it needs to build out its delivery business to ensure the ability to deliver the growing amount of merchandise its customers order.

In China, it is unclear whether Amazon would be booking airspace via other carriers or flying its own planes.

The Amazon Logistics site focuses on Chinese customers, who are sellers on its site as well as other businesses. The site says it offers end-to-end one-stop ocean freight services. As for airfreight, “we currently are developing this service and plan to quickly introduce it to a large number of our sellers,” the site says.

Amazon can do pickups, warehousing, line-haul transportation, delivery, as well as handle import and export needs, the site says. Primary delivery destinations include the U.S., Europe and Japan.

“Our solution provides a world-class service offering,” Amazon says on the site. “As part of one of the world’s leading e-commerce companies, our operations team has strong experience in providing professional logistics solutions. With our own strong logistics volume, we can reduce your operational costs.”

Many traditional freight forwarders still conduct their business via phone, email or even fax machine, but Amazon’s entrance into the sector could drive shippers away from that method in favor of a user-friendly technology platform. Mr. Petersen said at least one of his firm’s customers has used Amazon’s service—now a direct competitor to Flexport’s technology—to arrange an ocean freight shipment.

“You can’t just put your head down in the sand and pretend that change is not going to come,” Mr. Petersen said.
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