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In the classic World War II drama “Casablanca,” when American expatriate and nightclub owner Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) is asked by Major Strasser if Blaine could “imagine” if he could see the Germans in Paris or London, Blaine diplomatically avoided the questions.
Strasser finally asked directly, “How about New York?”
Blaine declared, “Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade.”
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
On last Sunday’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos startled viewers, and correspondent Charlie Rose, by unveiling a nascent fleet of self-piloted drones that can make aerial deliveries of small orders.\
We're excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
Seattle – Amazon today introduced a new program that allows Kindle buyers to design a personalized device cover.
Called Amazon Origami, the Kindle purchaser can either upload an image or choose from a variety of Amazon-supplied backgrounds, logos or designs.
Amazon Origami is offered at no additional cost to the cover being purchased and is available on covers for all of Amazon Kindle e-reader and tablet products.
Seattle – The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is providing Sunday deliveries to Amazon Prime customers in Los Angeles and New York.
The partners plan to extend the service to “a large portion of the U.S. population” next year, Amazon.com said, including customers in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix.
Millions of Amazon products are eligible for the delivery program, the e-tailer noted.
New York – Walmart and Amazon formally began their Black Friday promotional periods today with a blitz of early-bird specials and daily deals.
The jumpstarts were likely driven by an early holiday season marked by six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a Hanukah that arrives before Black Friday.
Seattle – Amazon.com will begin collecting sales tax today on items purchased by residents in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
Separately, the e-tailer has begun donating a percentage of all qualified purchases to charity groups under a new AmazonSmile program.
The three latest additions bring to 15 the number of states that have hammered out sales tax collection deals with Amazon, often in exchange for temporary tax amnesty and other incentives to open distribution centers within their borders.
Seattle – Amazon.com reported a $41 million net loss for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared with a year-ago net loss of $274 million.
The company had reported a net loss of $7 million for the prior quarter ended June 30.
Net sales rose 24 percent in Q3 to $17 billion, and grew 26 percent excluding the impact of unfavorable currency exchange rates.
Just ahead of the biggest shopping period of the year, Amazon.com has quietly raised the amount you have to spend to qualify for Free Super Saving Shipping, from $25 to $35.
The announcement, if you can call it that, is buried within the e-tailer’s Help & Customer Service section. Amazon justified the change by noting it’s been more than 10 years since the last minimum-order increase, and that the offer has since been extended to millions of items across all product categories.
Seattle – Amazon.com is hiring over 70,000 full-time temporary workers to man its fulfillment centers this holiday season, a 40 percent increase over last year.
The No. 1 e-tailer said the extra labor is required to meet an expected increase in customer demand. It also represents the biggest hike in seasonal hiring reported by CE sellers thus far.