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Amazon is working to develop biometric scanners to link handprints to credit cards, allowing shoppers to buy with the swipe of their palm

January 24th, 2020 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Amazon is working with credit card companies to create terminals to allow users to pay for items with biometric data from their handprint. The online retailer previously patented such technology, which had been presumed to be used at its Whole Food stores Amazon currently allows shoppers at its Amazon Go grocery store to pay for […]



Jeff Bezos bullish on India, will invest $1 billion to digitize small businesses

January 17th, 2020 at 9:52 pm » Comments Off

Amazon hopes to export goods worth $10 billion from India by 2025  Jeff Bezos said Amazon will invest another $1 billion in India to help 10 million Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) sell online amid nationwide protests by neighbourhood shopkeepers against his visit and the competition watchdog ordering a probe into ecommerce platforms. Amazon, […]



Vast majority of UK adults ‘uncomfortable’ with delivery drivers entering their empty homes

January 5th, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Waitrose’s While You’re Away service allows delivery drivers to enter customer’s homes to unpack their shopping The vast majority of UK adults are uncomfortable with the idea of delivery drivers entering their homes to drop off shopping while they’re out, new research has revealed. Waitrose first trialled its While You’re Away delivery service in October […]



What will make cargo bike package delivery succeed in New York?

December 27th, 2019 at 3:49 am » Comments Off

Lessons from other cities that have started replacing trucks with bikes. What will make cargo bike package delivery succeed in New York? At a UPS operating center in midtown Manhattan, two cargo delivery bikes will soon begin rolling out of a driveway in the morning a few hours before the usual delivery trucks begin their […]



Amazon’s AI creates synthesized singers

December 25th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

AI and machine learning algorithms are quite skilled at generating works of art — and highly realistic images of apartments, people, and pets to boot. But relatively few have been tuned to singing synthesis, or the task of cloning musicians’ voices. Researchers from Amazon and Cambridge put their collective minds to the challenge in a […]



New Amazon capabilities put machine learning in reach of more developers

December 2nd, 2019 at 1:07 pm » Comments Off

Today, Amazon announced a new approach that it says will put machine learning technology in reach of more developers and line of business users. Amazon has been making a flurry of announcements ahead of its re:Invent customer conference next week in Las Vegas. While the company offers plenty of tools for data scientists to build […]



Researchers used a laser to hack Alexa and other voice assistants

November 13th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco (CNN Business)Usually you have to talk to voice assistants to get them to do what you want. But a group of researchers determined they can also command them by shining a laser at smart speakers and other gadgets that house virtual helpers such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. Researchers at […]



Amazon is making two-hour grocery delivery free for all Prime members

November 8th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Amazon just added a new perk to its popular Prime membership program: free grocery delivery.  Amazon Prime members will now be able to get two-hour grocery delivery for free. Until now, Prime members had to pay an additional $14.99 per month to get access to Amazon Fresh, the company’s grocery delivery service. The change reflects […]



Amazon reportedly has an ambitious plan to change the way we grocery shop — here’s what we know about it so far

October 6th, 2019 at 3:01 pm » Comments Off

Amazon is looking into creating a new grocery chain that would likely be separate from Whole Foods, according to The New York Times. This new chain would blend aspects of online ordering and traditional shopping, and may be inspired by a 2017 internal memo circulated ahead of the Whole Foods acquisition. The report also describes […]



Amazon taps truck startup Rivian to build 100,000 electric vans

September 30th, 2019 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

Rivian, the startup electric truck manufacturer, will build 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles exclusively for Amazon beginning in 2021, the companies said. — Amazon/dpa Rivian, the startup electric truck manufacturer, will build 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles exclusively for Amazon beginning in 2021, the companies have announced. The huge order by Amazon represents a previously […]



Amazon delivery robots are officially on the streets of California

August 22nd, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Amazon has robots on the streets. It’s a good bet urban delivery will never be the same. Amazon has officially rolled out its last-mile delivery robots in a Southern California testbed. Called Scout, the delivery robot is designed to autonomously ferry parcels from urban distribution points to Amazon Prime customers, removing the need for vans […]



Amazon’s revolutionary retail strategy? Recycling old ideas

August 10th, 2019 at 1:04 am » Comments Off

  I SOMETIMES THINK that if you could look in the safe behind Jeff Bezos’ desk, instead of the sports almanac from Back to the Future you’d find an Encyclopedia of Retail, written in maybe 1985. There would be Post-It notes on every page, and every one of those notes would have been turned into […]



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