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  • Break up Amazon before it does any more damage to America

    10/10/2018 9:54:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    NY POST ^ | 10/9/18 | Maureen Callahan
    ....Author, entrepreneur and NYU business professor Scott Galloway has emerged as one of Amazon’s fiercest critics. At last month’s Recode Code Commerce, Galloway gave a 45-minute talk on the future of retail that savaged Amazon and warned of the threats the company poses not just economically but philosophically and morally. “I believe our society is effectively going through this very uncomfortable transition that is bad for our youth, bad for America and bad for the planet where we no longer worship at the altar of character and kindness,” he said. “We worship at the altar of innovators and billionaires.” In...
  • Amazon seems to have quietly stopped recommending Alex Jones products

    08/08/2018 7:39:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.fastcompany.com ^ | 08/08/2018 | By Cale Guthrie Weissman
    Over the last few days we’ve seen the big tech companies make sweeping decisions about Alex Jones and Infowars. Apple took them off its podcast app; Facebook banned Jones and his associated pages; YouTube also banned the conspiracy theorist. Now it seems Amazon may have made a few changes, too. The ecommerce giant has long been known for its refusal to take a political stand about, well, anything. For instance, activists for years have lobbied it to stop advertising on Breitbart to no avail. Similarly, people have called for Amazon to stop selling Infowars/Alex Jones products, which the company seems...
  • Amazon and Walmart’s rivalry is reshaping how we’ll buy everything in the future

    08/03/2018 5:10:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | Aug 3, 2018, 12:45pm EDT | Nick Statt
    Walmart’s ongoing battle with Amazon for the retail crown is expanding well beyond retail, and it’s forcing one of the largest companies in the world to reexamine its DNA. In the last six months alone, Walmart has partnered with scores of tech firms to better compete with Amazon and make progress in markets that may become pivotal years down the line. It’s also begun rethinking how it views itself: a traditional big-box retail giant that now hopes it can be nimble enough to compete with one of technology’s most powerful players. Following its purchase of Jet.com to advance its e-commerce...
  • Amazon removes Nazi and white supremacist listings

    08/03/2018 9:21:56 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 26 replies
    Engadget ^ | 08/03/18 | Mariella Moon
    Amazon's policy prohibits the sale of racist and 'hatred-glorifying' goods, but a couple of watchdog groups recently found Nazi and white supremacist products sold on the platform. Those products include jewelry adorned with Nazi swastikas and even a children's book normalizing racist beliefs written by George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party. Now the company has told Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison in a letter that it has already reviewed and removed those listings. Amazon said that it has also permanently blocked the sellers who violated its policies and has put a restriction on the goods the watchdogs found...
  • Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls

    05/22/2018 9:41:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | April 2, 2014 | Matt Stopera
    Dead malls are popping up all over the states, particularly in the Midwest, where economic decline has sped up the "going out of business" process. This map, put together by a Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group, shows that well. As Americans are faced with multiple shopping options and more stores are leaving malls, it should be interesting to see if malls and mall culture will survive. What you are about to see is what happens when malls are abandoned. It's apocalyptic and really, really creepy....
  • Is Amazon Prime worth its new $119 price tag?

    04/28/2018 1:28:24 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 141 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 4/27/18 | Jacob Passy
    Free two-day shipping may be enticing, but it doesn’t necessarily justify the higher price tag for an Amazon Prime membership. Amazon AMZN, +3.60% raised the annual fee for its Prime membership program for the first time since 2014 — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less of a bargain for most consumers. The online retailer announced that it will hike the annual fee for a Prime membership in the U.S. by 20% to $119. The change comes as Amazon revealed that it now has more than 100 million people globally who are members of the program. In January, Amazon raised...
  • Ten things that will disappear in our lifetime.

    04/22/2018 6:13:57 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 325 replies
    email from a friend and scioto ^ | 4/22/2018 | unknown
    Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime 1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Check Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks....
  • Trump Is Right About Amazon

    04/12/2018 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2018 | Brian McNicoll
    Critics might be right that President Trump is more interested in attacking the Washington Post than the Amazon/U.S. Postal Service shipping deal. But Trump is right that the deal is a bad one for the Postal Service and for U.S. taxpayers.As I wrote last September, Amazon has a deal with the Postal Service to handle the last mile of delivery for its packages. Even though Amazon presorts most of the packages and prepares them for delivery at its depots, the Postal Service has continued to improperly allocate its costs, which has resulted in undercharging Amazon for delivery of those packages by...
  • He Was The World’s Richest Man

    04/04/2018 2:21:27 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/04/18 | Andrew Benjamin
    He bet a quarter billion on something maybe worth 60 Million, to bully, damage, and hopefully to destroy this president, and paid $18 billion for it. Who is laughing now? Bezos, a virulent Trump hater, used the Washington Post, a paper of repute at one time, to perform regular, predictable and malevolent daily blitzkriegs on the candidacy, and after he was elected, on the presidency of the man We, the People, elected to the nation’s highest office, his family, his associates, his policies, and his ideas. In other words, Bezos and the Washington Post colluded, cooperated and conspired with the...
  • Report: Trump's lost $400 million in 2017

    03/08/2018 4:00:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/3/18
    According to Forbes recent list of the world's billionaires, President Donald Trump lost more than $400 million during 2017 and is now worth $3.1 billion. Forbes cited the dropping value of Trump Tower in New York City due to the rise of e-commerce as a major factor ...
  • White House wades into SCOTUS online sales tax case

    03/06/2018 2:50:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    In fairly short order, the Supreme Court is going to begin hearing arguments in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. This case is being closely watched around the country because of the potential impact it will have on consumers as well as retailers, both traditional and online. The state of South Dakota is asking the Supremes to overrule their 1992 decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which held that states could not force online retailers to collect sales tax in other states where the company didn’t have a physical presence.Now the White House has weighed in on...
  • Circuit City making comeback years after going bankrupt

    01/11/2018 9:58:32 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 102 replies
    whdh.com ^ | January 11, 2018
    WHDH) — Former electronics giant Circuit City says it is making a comeback. Circuit City made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is being held this week in Las Vegas, according to a CNBC report. The retailer will launch a retail website on Feb. 15, CEO Ronny Shmoel said.
  • Sears' Decline Actually Demonstrates Amazon's Vulnerability

    01/09/2018 7:45:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/09/2018 | By Allan Golombek
    Those who fear Amazon is on the verge of becoming a monopoly that eats all competitors and locks up the retail market should take note of an announcement last week by Sears Holdings: The company will be closing another 100 stores this year. Some will see Sears’ downward trajectory as proof that Amazon is on the verge of assuming near-monopolistic dominance of the retail market. In fact, it proves the opposite: No one can blithely assume that kind of power, at least not for long. Just look at Sears’ history: Back in the 1960s, many feared the Sears chain would...
  • Trump says Amazon should pay 'MUCH MORE' to ship packages as he claims current deal makes web...

    12/29/2017 7:14:19 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 168 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 10:06 EST, 29 December 2017 | DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    [FULL TITLE] Trump says Amazon should pay 'MUCH MORE' to ship packages as he claims current deal makes web giant – and foe Jeff Bezos – richer while the Postal Service loses money President renews ongoing feud with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos The billionaire web executive also owns The Washington Post, which Trump sees as perpetually unfair to him Trump says Amazon should be paying more to ship its packages to consumers The company lost $7.2 billion on shipping in 2016 But the Postal Service has posted overall losses for 11 straight years Citicorp analysis found that the USPS systematically...
  • On this Christmas, The American Mall is Dying, is There Any Bringing it Back?

    12/25/2017 11:31:09 AM PST · by davikkm · 162 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    With the meteoric rise of online retail in the age of Amazon, consumers have continued to opt more for shopping on the Internet in their pajamas as opposed to running out and getting their shopping done in person. The malls hit their heyday in the 1990s and the U.S. has definitely overbuilt the amount of retail needed per person. The American mall is now fighting for its life. A typical large mall in the mid-1990s entailed 142 stores spanning about 1.2 million square feet, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis on 458 malls across the states. Many retailers have...
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth $100B thanks to Black Friday boom

    11/26/2017 8:46:56 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 29 replies
    NBC ^ | 11/25/17 | YELENA DZHANOVA
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has reached a net worth of $100 billion — it's enough this holiday to buy over half a billion Echo speakers or pay the yearly subscriptions of more than 670 million Amazon Music Unlimited accounts. The online retail mogul this week surpassed Bill Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, advancing almost $11 billion past the Microsoft co-founder. He can thank Black Friday sales for helping Amazon shares to jump more than 2 percent and online holiday sales to increase by more than 18 percent since last year, Bloomberg reported.
  • Robots — once thought to be a killer of e-commerce jobs — may actually be saving them

    11/25/2017 8:52:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 10, 2017
    When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake. "I had a lot of people asking me, 'What is going to happen to us?'" says Veronica Mena, a trainer for the e-commerce startup, recalling the anxiety that rippled through her co-workers after company executives announced plans to open an automated warehouse in nearby Union, N. J. Yet their fears didn't come to pass. When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less physically demanding than...
  • List the BEST Online Black Friday Sales You Found So We Can Get In On It

    11/24/2017 5:49:08 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 59 replies
    Self | November 24, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, I got a few good ONLINE Black Friday deals. I love buying online because you are crazy if you think ol' PJ is going to fight the crazed crowds in the stores. Anyway, even though I got some good deals ONLINE, I have this gnawing fear that I missed out on some even better deals. Therefore if you found some good ONLINE Black Friday deals still active, please post them here. If they aren't easy to find, then please provide the links if possible. Okay, I'll start out with my very obvious Black Friday buys. Of course, this means...
  • Boycott AMAZON on Thanksgiving Day

    11/05/2017 9:37:28 PM PST · by budj · 51 replies
    People who work at Amazon | 11/5/2017 | self
    Butthead bezos and the offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, celebrating with their families. The warehouses will all be open and fully staffed all day and night - no celebration for the working people.
  • Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs

    10/25/2017 7:34:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The South Florida Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Christopher Rugaber, Economics Writer, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) – When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake. “I had a lot of people asking me, `What is going to happen to us?”’ says Veronica Mena, a trainer for the e-commerce startup, recalling the anxiety that rippled through her co-workers after company executives announced plans to open an automated warehouse in nearby Union, New Jersey. Yet their fears didn’t come to pass. When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less...