By Lisa Johnston
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Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admire the juggernaut that is Amazon.com and its founder Jeff Bezos.
Amazon continues to maintain its technological edge to remain the leading e-commerce site — among other businesses it has — in the world.
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.
New York – Dealers and their buying group representatives are giving a big thumbs-down on a possible Kindle-based checkout system reportedly developed by Amazon.com.
According to a report this week by the Wall Street Journal, the e-tailer may begin offering the checkout system, and other services like website development and data analysis, to brick-and-mortar retailers as early as this summer.
Updated Seattle – Amazon.com reported a 146.4 percent spike in its fourth-quarter net income, to $239 million, and a full-year profit of $274 million following the prior year’s $39 million loss.
But despite the return to profitability, the e-tailer’s shares sank in after-hour trading as earnings fell short of forecasts and off-shore sales growth slowed.
As 2013 comes to a close, TWICE presents this special year-end retrospective.
Highlighting the issue is our inaugural Newsmaker of the Year series, which profiles the industry’s principal movers and shakers of the past 12 months. Filling the top debut spot is Hubert Joly, who resuscitated Best Buy and, in the process, brought renewed zest to the CE business and brick-and-mortar retail.
Chicago – Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) confirmed what Amazon had always planned, that a Kindle will help drive sales.
The CIRP study found that Kindle owners spend about $1,233 per year on the site, compared to $790 for other Amazon customers. These results are based on a CIRP report based on a survey of 300 people who made a purchase on Amazon for the three month period ending Nov. 15.
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.”
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.