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Amazon debuts its adorable delivery robot called Scout

Amazon is launching a new self-driving delivery device called Scout, and it’s adorable. Scout is the size of a “small cooler” and can roll along sidewalks, delivering packages safely to a customer’s doorstep. The device is currently operating in Snohomish County,...

Amazon plans cashierless store in heart of London’s West End

Amazon plans to open a futuristic checkout-free store near Oxford Circus in London, The Sunday Telegraph has learned, in a sign its efforts to bring the “Amazon Go” concept to the UK are accelerating. Industry sources said the push to open the store in the West End,...

Sorrell and MediaMonks lift lid on S4 Capital’s ambitions

Sir Martin Sorrell and Victor Knaap offered lots of clues about S4 Capital’s future when they spoke at Campaign’s exclusive Breakfast Briefing event in London Tuesday. Sorrell, the S4 Capital executive chairman, and Knaap, chief executive of content production company...

The Amazon Playbook for CPG Brands

Established consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands have typically relied on retailers to do the heavy lifting in traditional grocery ecommerce channels, and may treat Amazon like just another retailer. That’s a miscalculation. For many legacy brands, which offer...

How Amazon Is Priming Its Advertising Business for 2019

Amazon’s unrelenting efficiency, obsession with automation, and brutal pricing strategies have helped it disrupt or dominate industry after industry, which began with books way back in 1997.  Over the next year, it is bringing those tactics to bear on the...

Amazon wiped out $17.5 billion from eight companies in one day

Amazon wiped out $17.5 billion from eight companies’ market values Thursday with just two announcements. The e-commerce giant has become a force on Wall Street. Even a hint it might take on a new industry can send investors running and stocks tumbling. That was...

Jeff Bezos keeps this inspiring quote on his fridge

eff Bezos is the richest person in the world, thanks to Amazon’s growing success — most recently the e-commerce giant’s billion-dollar acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack on Thursday helped boost Amazon’s stock. On Friday, Bezos, Amazon’s...

5 Ways Challenger Brands Can Win Against Big Brands on Amazon

With surprising ease, thousands of small private-label brands have popped up over the past five years on Amazon, successfully nibbling market share away from better-known national and global brands. To win on the Amazon channel requires a set of skills quite different...

Amazon unveils Fire TV Cube

Fire TV Cube is a new device soon to be released by retail giant Amazon. Now, nobody could accuse Amazon of not making enough Alexa devices. At time of writing there are seven devices (not including third-party units) dedicated to the voice assistant. But we’re...

Why Amazon pays employees $5,000 to quit

Amazon has a solution for employees who no longer want to work there — pay them to quit. Once a year, the company offers to pay full-time associates at Amazon fulfillment centers up to $5,000 to leave the company. Employees are eligible after one year of service, but...

Tesco shuts its online non-food website, Tesco Direct

Tesco is shutting down its clothing and homewares website Tesco Direct in a surprise move that puts 500 jobs at risk. Staff were briefed on Tuesday afternoon about the decision to close the loss-making website which was the supermarket giant’s attempt to take on Argos...

Amazon Tests Ad Tool That Rivals Google, Criteo

Amazon.com Inc. is taking its most assertive step yet into the digital-advertising market by testing a new display ad offering that threatens multibillion-dollar revenue streams at Google and firms like Criteo SA. The tool lets merchants selling on Amazon’s online...

Amazon now delivers packages straight to car boots

Amazon has begun offering deliveries direct to car boots for members of its Prime subscription service. The new Amazon Key In-Car service is available in 37 US cities for owners of 2015 or newer Volvo or General Motors vehicles, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or...

Jeff Bezos gave a sneak peek into Amazon’s future

Amazon is a notoriously secretive company, but its recent conference provides a glance at its far-out plans. by Jackie Snow March 22, 2018 You can see the future of Amazon from MARS. In this case, MARS stands for “machine learning, home automation, robotics, and space...

Solving the attribution conundrum with incrementality

How can I prove the true value of my digital advertising? This is a question Chris Ball, Business Development Director at Infectious Media, hears often when speaking to marketers. His answer? Break away from outdated approaches, to measure what actually matters to...

If Trump runs against Amazon, he will lose

In November 2016, Donald Trump got 63 million votes for president. So let’s do a little comparative measuring. Amazon doesn’t release statistics on Prime membership, but the investment-research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners uses a consumer...

Amazon is shutting down Vendor Express

Three years ago, Amazon launched a program called Vendor Express to make it easier for wholesalers to get inventory onto the e-commerce site and avoid having to go through the company’s invite-only Vendor Central portal. It was a short-lived experiment. Amazon...

AMAZON GO AND THE FUTURE

Amazon Go is the story of technology, and so is this tweet: View image on Twitter Ryan Petersen@typesfast I’m in Seattle and there is currently a line to shop at the grocery store whose entire premise is that you won’t have to wait in line. 7:28 PM – Jan 22,...

Luxury brands can now block sales on Amazon & eBay

Luxury brands can now block retailers from selling their products on online marketplaces such as Amazon and Ebay after a landmark ruling in a top European court yesterday. In a case led by US cosmetics brand Coty, which argued that German retailer Parfümerie Akzente...

Dreaming of an Amazon Christmas?

he holiday shopping season is gaining momentum. Signs still point to healthy spending, and Amazon once again has positioned itself to gain share. With an estimated market share of 7%–8% of Bain-defined holiday retail sales, Amazon is expected to capture about 50% of...

Why Amazon is eating the world

Amazon is the most impressive company on earth, and I think it is one of the least understood. A few people suggested that I post this publicly, so here goes. My first company, an auto parts manufacturer, sold to Amazon both as a vendor (where Amazon issues purchase...

Amazon enters business supplies market

Amazon is targeting companies with a new service selling business supplies, such as laptops, power tools and cleaning products. Called Amazon Business, the online marketplace offers firms VAT-free pricing, VAT invoices, and software to track and limit spending. The...
First Prime Air delivery by drone

First Prime Air delivery by drone

Amazon have announced that their first delivery via drone has been made, Prime Air — a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to...
Amazon Fresh Extendes to 62 more postcodes

Amazon Fresh Extendes to 62 more postcodes

Amazon adds 62 new London postcodes to its AmazonFresh grocery service, it is now available to more Prime members in Greater London. Expands in Greater London AmazonFresh was launched in early June (read about it here), and expanded with an additional 59 London...

AMAZON INTRODUCES ONE-HOUR RESTAURANT DELIVERY IN LONDON

Amazon prime members in 21 selected London postcodes can now order restaurant food via Prime Now, the ultra-fast delivery app. Where in London? Following its launch in 12 US cities since last September, Amazon restaurant delivery is now available in various areas...
Amazon Dash Officially Launches In The UK

Amazon Dash Officially Launches In The UK

To many of us that could mean very little, and unless you’ve been keeping abreast of the latest tech news there’s no reason why it should mean anything. Allow us for a second however to explain firstly what it is, and secondly why it’s going to cure one of the modern...
Brand View launches Global Advisory Board

Brand View launches Global Advisory Board

Brand View has enlisted the support of four renowned experts in retail, ecommerce and customer engagement to establish a Global Advisory Board. The Board members will contribute their insights to the business on global in-store and online shopping trends and...
Survey: Amazon beats Google as starting point for product search

Survey: Amazon beats Google as starting point for product search

A survey of 1,000 US consumers conducted by PowerReviews found that Amazon is the preferred starting point for product search. Google comes in a close second, followed by brand/retailer sites and e-commerce marketplaces (eBay, Etsy, etc.): Amazon — 38 percent Google —...
Amazon Fresh launches assault on UK supermarkets

Amazon Fresh launches assault on UK supermarkets

Amazon Fresh is to make its highly anticipated entrance into the UK grocery market in a move which threatens to damage yet further Britain’s already under-pressure “Big Four” supermarkets . In a development which will be seen as game-changing for British supermarkets,...

Amazon’s growth set to accelerate in 2016 – driven by Prime

The dominance of Amazon as the world’s largest e-retailer continues at pace with a recent report suggesting it accounted for 24% of total US retail sales growth in 2015 – and more than half of eCommerce growth. The study from Macquarie Research reports that Amazon...
Amazon's new one-hour delivery service launched in Manchester

Amazon's new one-hour delivery service launched in Manchester

Prime customers can select from 15,000 products to be delivered within a one-hour window. Christopher North, managing director at Amazon.co.uk, said: “We’re thrilled to expand our one-hour delivery service to Manchester, our latest Prime Now city. “Prime Now has...
Amazon’s new one-hour delivery service launched in Manchester

Amazon’s new one-hour delivery service launched in Manchester

Prime customers can select from 15,000 products to be delivered within a one-hour window. Christopher North, managing director at Amazon.co.uk, said: “We’re thrilled to expand our one-hour delivery service to Manchester, our latest Prime Now city. “Prime Now has...
Suggested Reading: The Everything Store

Suggested Reading: The Everything Store

Though Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail, its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, was never content with being just a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become ‘the everything store’, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at...
Suggested Reading: The Longer Long Tail

Suggested Reading: The Longer Long Tail

What happens when there is almost unlimited choice? When everything becomes available to everyone? And when the combined value of the millions of items that only sell in small quantities equals or even exceeds the value of a handful of best-sellers? In this...