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Amazon Raised the Free Shipping Minimum for Non-Prime Members

To encourage users to potentially try Prime Amazon just quietly raised the free shipping minimum for buyers who don’t belong to its fast growing subscription service, Amazon Prime. According to the company, “non-Prime members would have to spend at least $49 per order to qualify for free shipping, up from $35.” Prime could just be[…]

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Amazon is letting its part-time drivers handle more deliveries

Credits to www.theverge.com for first posting this article online.  Amazon has taken the next step in building out its own shipping network by expanding its Amazon Flex delivery program to include standard Amazon.com packages, according to a report from Reuters today. Amazon launched Flex last fall to let part-time drivers earn cash for delivering packages for Prime Now, Amazon’s[…]

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Amazon acquires NICE, maker of high-performance computing software

Amazon has just added another company under its wings.  It has acquired a software company Nice, announced via a blog post on Friday. Nice is based in Asti, Italy which makes software and provides services for “high performance and technical computing.  Nice is best made known for its software EnginFrame that simplifies the accessing and[…]

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Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying

Credits to www.washingtonpost.com for posting this article online.  Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies. The jump puts Amazon’s lobbying efforts in the same league as other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook — and reflects how the company’s[…]

Amazon’s net shipping costs reaches $5B, pushes to build out its own delivery network

Amazon’s net shipping costs reached an all-time high of over $5 billion for the full year of 2015. This was revealed in Amazon’s annual 10-K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The 51 percent increase in Prime memberships in 2015 is seen as the main reason for this. The company’s membership program which offers[…]

Amazon says Exclusives store sales top $50 million in first year

Amazon says Exclusives store sales top $50 million in first year Amazon Exclusives, the company’s platform for products not available anywhere elsewhere sets a $50 million in less than a year since its launch.  The company, believes that the store serves as an important avenue for the retailer to get first dibs on new products[…]

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Meet the Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is the #1 Best Seller in Home Audio Speakers on Amazon.com where it received a rating of 4.3 out 5 stars. This is a portable speaker that can play music from Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and others using hands free voice control. It uses a technology called 360 degree Omni directional audio[…]

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Amazon One-hour Prime Now adds another City

Ever wonder if Amazon can deliver that breakfast for you? Yes they will and the list just keeps on growing for Amazon Prime’s one-hour delivery service because now it services Liverpool. After launching the one-hour Prime Now deliveries in London last summer, Amazon brought the option to Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester before year’s end. The[…]