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Amazon, Rocking Deals collaborate to sell refurbished phones

Amazon, Rocking Deals collaborate to sell refurbished phones

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 : E-commerce platform Amazon on Friday announced its partnership with Rocking Deals for the sale of refurbished phones within its 'seller warranty.'

Rocking Deals came on board for selling its used products on ' Amazon Used ' a few months back. The company soon managed to become one of the most trusted sellers on board. To this regard, Amazon decided to make Rocking Deals the exclusive seller of refurbished phones on the portal with its seller warranty.

There is a lot of responsibility for a brand like Amazon to maintain the trust of their customers on refurbished products like on the brand new ones. The choice of the third company selling used product, therefore, had to be done very wisely.

Blue Origin Makes Successful Launch of VTVL Rocket

Blue Origin Makes Successful Launch of VTVL Rocket

Blue Origin, a spaceflight company founded by Jeff Bezos made headlines yesterday as it launched its flagship rocket ‘New Shepard’, a reusable vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) rocket from its West Texas launch facility and landed it successfully back to earth without any issues.

As per the team associated with the launch, the rocket or the vessel reached at an altitude of over 100 thousand kilometers and retuned back on earth without any difficulties and technical issues.

The company said in a statement that success of their flagship rocket is a significant step in its quest to build a reusable spacecraft that could carry up to six passengers into space and bring them back on earth safely.

Amazon to Hire 100,000 Employees for Meting Out Shortage of Staff in Holiday Season

Amazon to Hire 100,000 Employees for Meting Out Shortage of Staff in Holiday

In view of the increased requirement of additional staff amid the approaching holiday season, Amazon today announced its plans to hire nearly 100,000 employees.

The new employees will be given roles across the company's shipping warehouses and sorting centers in the U.S. Among these, about 25,000 will be later absorbed for permanent jobs.

"We've hired more than 25,000 full-time associates across the U.S. in recent months and we're looking forward to adding 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season," Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operation, said.

In a similar move, last year, the company had employed 80,000 seasonal staff. As per the estimated of Amazon, it currently employs more than 90,000 task force across its 70 centres in the country.

AWS says it’s still on the top of the cloud market

AWS says it’s still on the top of the cloud market

The head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) assured customers on Wednesday that the company is still atop the cloud market, despite new competition that has prevailed within years.

On the first day of the company’s annual cloud conference reinvent, Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon's cloud-computing business, led a two-hour keynote. Jassy said that the company still leads, despite new comers may attract the customers. He added many product announcements, which included QuickSight, a business intelligence service and other was Kinesis Firehose, a service for loading streaming data.

Free Six Month Online Access to Washington Post for Amazon Prime Subscribers

Free Six Month Online Access to Washington Post for Amazon Prime Subscribers

The prime subscribers of online portal Amazon will now get access to the digital edition of The Washington Post newspaper at lesser costs under a new offer launched by the giant.

The scheme has been launched in view of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' campaign for promoting the newspaper in which he invested $250 million in 2013.

Under the new scheme, introduced by Amazon, the prime members who make annual payments for free shipping, and accessing online data will get six-month free access to the digital edition of the Washington Post. The newspaper otherwise costs $9.99 per month.

As the free access completes over 6 month, the subscribers can access the digital edition at $3.99 per month.

Our ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space, says Jeff Bezos

Our ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space, says Jeff

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com has envisioned 'millions' of people living in orbit as Blue Origin, his exploration company, and other commercial ventures have developed spacecraft to make travel more widely available.

On Tuesday, Bezos said investment from rich entrepreneurs with a passion for space will lead into an era wherein leaving the Earth's atmosphere would be available to everyone.

Previously, he made an announcement that Blue Origin will invest €180m million into a new rocket assembly facility and launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

During a rare, 30-minute interview in Florida with reporters after the Blue Origin announcement, Bezos said that their ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space,. He said that they have a long way to go.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos challenging Elon Musk and Richard Branson in race to outer space

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos challenging Elon Musk and Richard Branson in race to outer

On Tuesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gave details about expanded plans for his rocket business, which will carry cargo, satellites and someday people into the great unknown. Alike his fellow billionaires, Bezos has a far-out insight for where his Blue Origin project will possibly lead. With this, Bezos has challenged Elon Musk and Richard Branson in a race to outer space.

Following the announcement in Cape Canaveral, Fla, during a rare, 30-minute conversation with reporters, Bezos said their ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space.

Amazon to launch its video streaming service in Japan in September

Amazon to launch its video streaming service in Japan in September

On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it will launch its video streaming service in Japan next month. The US-based e-commerce giant said that it will be a subscription-based video streaming service with free access for Amazon Prime members.

Amazon is present in Japan since 2007. It charges 3,900 yen for annual Prime membership in the country in comparison to $99, which it takes as the US membership fee. The plan to introduce video streaming in Japan was made as a stiff competition is on between companies. Netflix has already announced that it will launch in Japan on September 2.

Amazon expands one-hour delivery service to Seattle and three other Washington cities

Amazon expands one-hour delivery service to Seattle and three other Washington

Amazon has announced expansion of its one-hour delivery service to Seattle and three other Washington cities. Amazon is offering Prime Now through the mobile app exclusively for Prime members to order beer, wine and spirits.

In addition to one-hour delivery for $7.99, Amazon is also offering free two-hour delivery. Prime members can order seven days a week items like wine and beer, ice cream and televisions, among other things.

Well, the service may prove to be great help for customers to save the effort of visiting a store.

Stephenie Landry, director of Amazon's Prime Now service, said, "Customers love the convenience of one-hour delivery and we're excited to bring Prime Now to our hometown customers in Seattle and surrounding areas".

Amazon Preparing Blueprint for Air-traffic System

Amazon Preparing Blueprint for Air-traffic System

Amazon is preparing a draft for an air-traffic system. As per Amazon. com's vision of future, long-range commercial drones should be allowed to fly in a low-attitude band and should be allowed to be tracked. The online retail giant has suggested to divide airspace into segments.

Currently, the US government regulations allow the limited usage of unmanned flights. Gur Kimchi, Vice President, and the one who heads the company's drone-delivery division, said that it is completely possible to manage technology that is rapidly maturing.

The draft has been presented a conference held on Tuesday and was sponsored by NASA at its Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The company agrees that monitoring is an important part.

Customers Ordered 34.4 Million Items Worldwide on Prime Day Sale, said Amazon

Customers Ordered 34.4 Million Items Worldwide on Prime Day Sale, said Amazon

Amazon said that customers ordered 34.4 million items across the world during its Prime Day sale. The Seattle based company said that this year’s record broke last year's Black Friday sale.

The company also stated that several new members also tried its US$99-per-year Prime service on the day of the sale, with The Lord of the Rings movie box sets proving the most sought-after product.

It was found that some limited-period deals were offered on a long list of items ranging from microfiber towels to televisions and robotic vacuum cleaners.

As per sources, seller who uses Amazon's fulfillment services reported a 300% rise in their unit sale. One of the vendor said he made US$16,000 (RM60,900) per hour.

Amazon’s Prime Day’s Promotion Boosted Sales

Amazon’s Prime Day’s Promotion Boosted Sales

Amazon's 'Prime Day' sale witnessed big virtual crowd. It witnessed an 80% rise in US sales from a year earlier. The one-day sale organized on Wednesday has also attracted negative comments from shoppers.

The sale was for its members having Prime subscription service. The company has claimed that Prime Day would offer such big offers than those in the winter holiday season. Main aim of the sale was to strengthen the $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships in summer months.

The announcement also attracted the attention of other retailers, like Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, which also organized sales of their own. But it has been found that not all Amazon customers were happy with the sale.

Amazon to have Bumper Sale for its Prime Members on July 15

Amazon to have Bumper Sale for its Prime Members on July 15

In order to celebrate its 20th birthday, Amazon is going to have a bumper sale for its Amazon Prime members on Wednesday. This is the reason that the sale has been named ‘Prime Day’ and will be for just one day.

Amazon has claimed that the sale records will be bigger than Black Friday. The company will be offering numerous deals during the sale time and in fact, more than double it offered in November last year.

As per an analyst blogpost on the Nasdaq website, the prime members will be able to enjoy deals on the site on different categories, which will give competition to its competitors who will have a sale on Black Friday.

Amazon to offer ‘more discounts than Black Friday’ on July 15

Amazon to offer ‘more discounts than Black Friday’ on July 15

With a motive to have a stronger membership base among customers in Canada and the US, Amazon has announced that it will offer more discounts than Black Friday on July 15. Walmart in the US has stated that it will have a competing sale on the same.

On July 15, the event will start at 3am EST. Amazon Prime members in Canada will be eligible to avail the discounts, which will be on selected items in different categories including electronics, movies, books, video games, home, patio, lawn & garden and toys.

Amazon spokesperson Katie McFadzean said that the sale will also be open for Amazon Prime members who are in free one-month promotional memberships, but some purchasing limits will be applicable.

Amazon offers £20 discount on Prime

Amazon offers £20 discount on Prime

Amazon’s Prime members could only be benefited by Prime Day and the day is intended to strengthen loyalty among current members and take on new ones before the event that will be fall on 15 July. The company is reducing the price of Prime membership by £20 to £59 for people who join from now till 8 July.

Next week, the retailer will also celebrate its 20th birthday. It said that customers will be able to find more volume of deals compared to the ones offered on Black Friday. Price-cuts will be covering categories such as toys, electronics, films, video games, garden, sports and beauty.

A video ad has also been launched by the retailer on YouTube, in which it has explained about Prime Day and showed how it created "interpretations of #PrimeLiving".

Amazon calls for Federal Rules for Drone Deliveries in US

Amazon calls for Federal Rules for Drone Deliveries in US

Amazon. com said on Tuesday that the power to regulate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) authorized by federal aviation regulators should not be given to states and local communities. Amazon. com is making efforts to deliver products using drones.

"Uniform federal rules must apply. Given the interstate nature of UAS operations, states and localities must not be allowed to regulate UAS that the FAA has authorized, including with respect to airspace, altitude, purpose of operations, performance and operator qualifications", said Paul Misener, the e-commerce retailer's vice president for global public policy.

Amazon competing with Google to store Data on Human DNA

Amazon competing with Google to store Data on Human DNA

Amazon.com Inc is competing with Google Inc to enable data storage on human DNA. Amazon will pave the way for scientists to come up with medical discoveries and gain market share in a business that may be worth $1 billion a year by 2018.

Interviews with researchers, industry consultants and analysts have helped understand that academic institutions and healthcare companies are picking sides between their cloud computing offerings. Endeavor to develop personalized medicine is a driving force for that growth. A patient's DNA profile is very important for developing medicines as per specific needs of the patient.

Amazon announces free shipping option for regular customers

Amazon announces free shipping option for regular customers

Internet retailing giant Amazon announced a free shipping option for regular customers.

The company will ship small items weighing no more than 8 ounces (230 grams) and priced $10 and below free within the US. In addition to being cheap and light weight, items must also fit within the dimensions of 9in x 6in x 2in.

Amazon Prime is an annual subscription that offers free two-day shipping on millions of products, unlimited photo storage, Prime Instant Video, Amazon Prime Music, Kindle First and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

The new initiative dubbed as 'Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light' is available for all customers, even if they are not Prime subscribers.

Amazon to hire 6,000 Workers to Meet Growing Demand

Amazon to hire 6,000 Workers to Meet Growing Demand

According to Amazon, it has planned to appoint a huge number of new warehouse workers. The company announced that about 6,000 workers will be hired to meet the growing demand.

The new employees will join the team of about 50,000 workers who currently picking, packing and transporting orders across the United States. As per the company’s plan, some of that work will be done by robots.

During the IEEE’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, the American electronic commerce company announced a competition to find a robot that is capable of doing tasks like picking an item from shelves and pack them safely.

Amazon Sets Standards in Speedy Delivery

Amazon Sets Standards in Speedy Delivery

There is some good news for the Amazon Prime Members as the company announces to offer free same-day delivery to its Prime subscribers in 14 metropolitan areas.

The online retailer's speedy service will begin offering free same-day delivery to customers who subscribe to its $99 per year Prime service. Previously, these Prime members had to pay $5.99 per order for the same day delivery option.

The service is free for orders of more than $35 and the customers have a wide array of products to choose from. The company guarantees a 9 p. m. delivery on orders placed before noon and will use third-party courier services to offer delivery.




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