Tag Archives: Amazon

How new smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, Google stack up | Mashable

The HomePod mini, announced Tuesday at Apple’s tech event, is the newest smart speaker out there. It joins refreshed models from the competition, Amazon and Google; the speakers all feature shiny new homes and let you play music, ask questions, and control your smart home and other devices. Like those from Amazon and Google, Apple’s latest device costs around $100.

So, what’s different about the three new speakers? Here’s the latest on which you should use for all your Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant needs.

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Is Amazon the Right Place to Sell My Products? | AllBusiness.com

Retailers today are turning to online marketplaces as a way to get their products in front of a bigger audience. One marketplace that has become especially popular is Amazon. Amazon Prime had a staggering 112 million U.S. users as of January 2020 and has a global reach which is unmatched by any other marketplace.

While Amazon offers a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs in terms of customer reach, how do you know if it’s the right place to sell your product? If you’re considering doing business on Amazon, here are answers to some common questions.

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The ‘brushing’ scam that’s behind mystery parcels | BBC News

If you’ve ever received a parcel from a shopping platform that you didn’t order, and nobody you know seems to have bought it for you, you might have been caught up in a “brushing” scam.

It has hit the headlines after thousands of Americans received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, but it is not new.

It’s an illicit way for sellers to get reviews for their products.

And it doesn’t mean your account has been hacked.

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Amazon adds 1,800 electric delivery vans, this time from Mercedes | Mashable

It’s not 100,000 electric delivery vans from new car company Rivian, but Amazon is adding nearly 2,000 new Mercedes vans to its fleet. Instead of diesel or gas-powered vans, however, every vehicle making Amazon deliveries from the German carmaker will be fully electric.

Amazon recently announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz to incorporate 1,800 new delivery vans into its delivery service across Europe by the end of 2020. Those vans include 1,200 eSprinter vans and 600 eVito vans.

The electric Sprinter van is the newest commercial electric vehicle from Mercedes and is a bigger version of its eVito van, which has 93-mile range. Rivian’s e-vans are supposed to start delivering for Amazon in 2021. Its first two vehicles, an electric pickup truck and SUV with 400-mile range, still haven’t arrived yet.

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Shopify: The Canadian tech champion taking on Amazon | BBC News

When the pandemic forced Pizza Pilgrims to close its 13 stores in London and Oxford in March, the business went from making 30,000 pizzas every week to zero. Of the 276 staff, 270 had to be furloughed.

While they opened one store in April to manage delivery, founder Thom Elliot still needed to find another way to make up for the lost revenue. “I tried to think of something that would serve our customers, who kept calling us, and also keep us relevant during these times,” he says in an interview.

Mr Elliot and his team decided to create pizza kits featuring all the raw ingredients you need to make your own pizza at home, but to do that he needed to upgrade his website. That’s where Shopify came in.

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How to group stream Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and more with your friends | Mashable

Maybe your state is staying closed. Maybe it’s opening back up, but you still don’t feel safe going out. Either way, movie nights with friends are still vital and most of the major streaming services have official and non-official solutions to facilitate them.

We’ve done a good deal of group streaming coverage at Mashable since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and the space has evolved greatly in just a few months. Arguably, the biggest developments have come from the streaming services themselves. Six months ago, the idea that Hulu and Amazon would officially let users join a remote watch party might have seemed unthinkable. Now, it’s a reality born from unfortunate circumstances.

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Lost in the Amazon: How to Write Amazing Online Descriptions That Help Your Products Stand Out | AllBusiness.com

Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, attracting more than 200 million unique visitors every month. It’s also home to millions of sellers worldwide, which makes for some tough competition. So how do you make your listings stand out in such a crowded arena? The short answer is unique and compelling product descriptions.

Given Amazon’s fiercely competitive environment, it’s crucial to get your listing right. This has become somewhat of an art form. You need to balance meeting Amazon’s guidelines but also add a touch of creativity to set your products apart in such a saturated market.

In this article, we cover all you need to know about writing Amazon descriptions that deliver ready-to-buy customers to your listings and help you to grow your sales.

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Biden wants Amazon to ‘start paying their taxes’ | CNN

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Amazon (AMZN) should “start paying their taxes” in a broader critique of large, successful businesses.

“I don’t think any company, I don’t give a damn how big they are, the Lord Almighty, should absolutely be in a position where they pay no tax and make billions and billions and billions of dollars,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said in an interview with CNBC on Friday.

For the 2017 and 2018 tax years, Amazon’s own financial filings showed that it expected to receive money back from the federal government, not that it owed money in income tax. For the 2019 tax year, Amazon said it owed more than $1 billion in federal income tax, a figure experts said amounted to little more than 1% of its profits.

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Target and TJ Maxx are killing department stores | CNN

Department stores like Macy’s have a big problem, and it’s not Amazon: Discount retailers Target and TJMaxx continue to take their customers.

Macy’s struggled during its latest quarter, adding to a string of poor results at department stores. This comes as lower-priced retailers grow sales and consumer spending in the United States remains strong. Americans are still shopping, but they are hunting for bargains elsewhere.

Macy’s posted a sales decline of 3.9% at stores open for at least a year, the company said Thursday.

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Prime members can now get Whole Foods delivered with free Amazon Fresh | Mashable

Amazon really, really wants Prime Members to use its Amazon Fresh delivery service. So it’s getting rid of the steep $14.99/month fee for Prime members, and it’s adding groceries from your local Whole Foods.

Amazon Fresh is Amazon’s answer to grocery services like Instacart, offering home delivery or pickup for folks who, understandably, don’t want to wait 30 minutes at one of two open checkout lanes in a physical supermarket.

Besides getting rid of that monthly fee, Amazon also announced an expansion of Amazon Fresh delivery, making it available in “more than 2,000 cities and towns” with more to come. These locales are all based around nearly two dozen major metropolitan areas, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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