Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is an e-commerce service for ordering groceries online for home delivery. AmazonFresh has been available in Seattle and Los Angeles so far, but as of today it is available in San Francisco. AmazonFresh costs $299 per year and the company promises to deliver fresh produce, meat, and dairy products on the same or next day. Prime membership is automatically included with the service. There is same-day delivery for items that are ordered by 10AM. Orders that are placed after that will be received in the following morning. Customers can receive a 30 day free trial of the service first. Paying the membership fees does not mean that the price of the goods are waive. You are simply paying the annual fee for the convenience.
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is reporting that Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has 16.7 million Prime subscribers. This is up from 9.7 million one year ago. Around 93% of Prime subscribers have plans to renew their account for at least another year too. This stat is based on a survey that the CIRP received from 300 Amazon.com Prime users.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed over the weekend why he acquired The Washington Post for $250 million. The reason why may shock you.
Over this past weekend, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on “60 Minutes” of a way that the company may deliver packages to customers using drones. The new service is called Amazon Prime Air and it is expected to launch in 2015 depending on approval by the FAA. The drone would be able to deliver orders about 30 minutes after the customer hits “buy.” When Bezos talked to the producers of 60 Minutes before the unveiling of the service, he said “If you can guess what it is, then… I will give you half my fortune and send you to Vegas with it.” Check out how Amazon Prime Air works in the video above.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is rumored to be working on a new Kindle Paperwhite with 300 pixels per inch (ppi). The new Kindle Paperwhite is expected to arrive in Q2 2014. The new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader would have 300 ppi compared to the current 212 ppi in the current model. The device has the code-name Ice Wine, which would also have hardware improvements.
Sir Michael Marmot, a professor at the University of London and former chairman of a British government committee that focuses on health and work, is accusing Amazon.com causing employees to suffer from “mental and physical illness.” Marmot made the accusations after watching footage of work conditions at Amazon.com’s warehouse in Swansea, Wales.
Today Amazon.com has announced Fire OS 3.1, which is a free software update for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX. This update will be over-the-air and will be sent to users in the next few weeks. You can also get the update by downloading it from the Amazon website. Some of the other new features includes integration with Goodreads and second screen capabilities. It also supports Cloud Collections, wireless printing, and enterprise support.
Sony is now going to allow users to buy digital goods from Amazon.com rather than just the PlayStation Network (PSN) Store. This model can be considered similar to the Steam game marketplace put together by Valve. The online retailers will be able to launch their own storefronts for PS3, PS4, and PlayStation Vita titles. Amazon launched the PlayStation Network store earlier this week and is offering $5 PSN credit for digital orders. Some of the PlayStation Network users are excited about this situation because they do not trust their credit cards on Sony servers compared to Amazon’s servers. You may remember when the PlayStation Network got hacked.