By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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 – 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.
Seattle — Amazon unveiled the third-generation Kindle Fire on Wednesday, known as the Kindle Fire HDX.
Two screen sizes will be offered — 7 inches and 8.9 inches — both available without or without 4G. Pricing is as follows for the 7-inch model with special offers and sponsored screensavers (versions without special offers add $15 to the price).
** Wi-Fi 16GB: $229
** Wi-Fi 32GB: $269
** Wi-Fi 64GB: $309
** 4G 16GB: $329
** 4G 32GB: $369
** 4G 34GB: $409
The 8.9-inch model is as follows:
Seattle – Amazon today rolled out its sixth-generation e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite.
Two versions of the e-reader are on tap. The basic Paperwhite ($119) is available for pre-order now and will ship on Sept. 30. The Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G will carry a $189 price tag and will become available on Nov. 5. While it is not available for pre-order yet, those interested can sign up now to receive a notification from Amazon when pre-orders start.
Amazon.com has quietly opened a dedicated department for home automation.
The virtual storefront culls the e-tailer’s mammoth selection of programmable products and assorts them into four main categories: entertainment systems, home monitoring and safety, energy management, and kits and controllers.
Items include Sonos streaming audio components, Yamaha network A/V receivers, Belkin WeMo plug-in Wi-Fi control switches, and Leviton whole-home control systems.
Seattle — Amazon.com said that customers can trade in their used devices (including iPhones, iPads and iPods) in exchange for up to $460 (depending on the device) in Amazon gift cards through Amazon’s Trade-In program.