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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 […]

Amazon just got FAA approval to fly drones for deliveries

July 29th, 2019 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

 Your Amazon prime packages are one step closer to being delivered by drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate to Amazon Prime Air on Wednesday, allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for package deliveries, the federal agency said in a statement. On the same day, Amazon (AMZN) announced it will […]

Education vs. Training: Corporate America’s role

July 26th, 2019 at 12:45 am » Comments Off

  What do you really need to know? Would a sixth-grade education give you enough basic skills to enable you to use online tools to learn a trade or become a service worker or a knowledge worker? Would you need eighth-grade skills? Tenth-grade? Perhaps a four-year college degree? How much education do you need to […]

Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”

July 8th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

In case Amazon’s surveillance capabilities weren’t extensive enough with its Echo, Ring, and Key products, not to mention all the data Amazon routinely collects on its customers, the company recently received a US patent to provide “surveillance as a service.” The patent is for an “unmanned aerial vehicle”—the technical term for a drone—that “may perform […]

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