Everything You Need to Know

Prime Day is (probably) upon us. Ahead of Amazon’s annual Black Friday-like event, here’s what you need to know to snag the best Prime Day deals. May 24, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Are you ready, deal hunters? No need to wait until Black Friday to save big; Amazon appears poised to once again hold its annual Prime Day this summer. What Day Is Prime Day? The company has not yet confirmed when Prime Day 2019 will be held, but in the last two years, the discount extravaganza has expanded into a two-day opportunity to give your credit card a workout. Prime Day 2018 started on Monday, July 16 at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET and lasted 36 hours. The year before that, it began at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, July 10, and ended at 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 12. So we can probably […]

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Amazon Working on Human Emotion-Detecting Wearable

Internal documents reveal Amazon sees this as a health and wellness product that’s voice-activated and controlled via a smartphone app. May 23, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag It seems Amazon is preparing for a push into the wearable device market with a voice-activated gadget capable of detecting human emotions. As Bloomberg reports, the in-development wearable, which goes by the codename Dylan, was revealed by internal documents the publication has seen. While it’s unclear what type of wearable this will be, a fitness tracker-style device or smartwatch seems most likely. It will be equipped with microphones and require pairing with a smartphone app to function. The device is being developed by Lab126 and the Alexa software team internally. Lab126 is known for having developed the Kindle, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire Phone, Echo smart speaker, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, so it certainly has the required experience to create an Alexa-using wearable (beyond Alexa Earbuds). Internal documents […]

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Amazon Product Listings and How to Fix Them

Sloppy mistakes in your sales listings equal low sales on Amazon. Find out what you can do to polish your product listings. May 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Timothy P. Seward’s book Ultimate Guide to Amazon Advertising. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound It’s a haphazard world. If you insist on being sloppy, careless and inattentive to detail, you can usually get away with it. But people who settle for this spend much of their time being disappointed, frustrated and poorly compensated as a result. That’s as true on Amazon as it is in the real world, especially when it comes to product listings. The range of quality is vast: from product listings with a single, grainy photograph, a few vague bullet points and zero reviews to highly optimized, lengthy listings with professional photographs, extensive […]

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2 Quick Steps to Getting Started as an Amazon Seller

Once you’ve decided to begin selling your products on Amazon, you can jump in pretty quickly by following these two steps. May 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Timothy P. Seward’s book Ultimate Guide to Amazon Advertising. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound There are many reasons to begin selling your brand’s products on Amazon, from the millions of active customers on the Amazon worldwide marketplace to the extremely high conversion rates many businesses experience. If you have a new brand, you can start selling on Ama­zon quickly without the need for a stand-alone website. Amazon offers two Selling Plans to get you started. The Individual Selling Plan carries a fee of $0.99 per item sold (plus other fees, which vary by category), and the Professional Selling Plan has a subscription fee of $39.99 […]

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Amazon’s New Robots Pack 700 Boxes Per Hour

Automated box packing will replace human workers, with 24 roles disappearing for each warehouse facility having one of these robots installed. May 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Robots in Amazon’s warehouses are taking on a new role of boxing up orders, and they do so much more efficiently and quickly than the human workers they replace. As Reuters reports, Amazon has been experimenting with a new type of automated packaging robot that can 3D scan the goods included in an order as they travel down a conveyor belt. Those goods are then placed in a custom-size box the robot creates that’s perfectly sized to fit. Each robot packer can handle up to 700 orders per hour, and unlike their human counterparts, do not require regular breaks, never go home, and can’t get sick. Worryingly for workers, one robot at a warehouse means 24 human roles […]

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3 Keys to Achieving Brand Success on Amazon

Discover why branded businesses are more successful on Amazon and what you can do to create a stronger brand. May 8, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Timothy P. Seward’s book Ultimate Guide to Amazon Advertising. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound When considering Amazon’s scope, one critical fact is hidden from the average consumer: Amazon only makes about half their sales as a first-party retailer. As of Q3, 2018, 53 percent of all paid units on the site were sold by third-party marketplace sellers. So Amazon takes half the deck and then splits the other half among roughly 2 million sellers competing in their marketplace. If you want to know how to get a piece of either deck, you should understand how the infrastructure for selling on or to Amazon caters primarily to […]

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Amazon’s Warehouse Robots Won’t Replace Humans for at Least a Decade

Mainly because the technology isn’t ready yet. May 2, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Are you worried your job is going to be taken by a robot? You needn’t be if you work for Amazon, which has dismissed the idea of fully-automated warehouses becoming a reality any time soon. According to Amazon’s director of robotics fulfilment, Scott Anderson, such technology in its current form is “very limited.” In a tour of Amazon’s Balitmore warehouse for reporters on Tuesday, Anderson said that while the company is exploring a variety of automation technologies, there’s a misperception that the company will be replacing human workers with robots in the near future. However, it is on the agenda, with Anderson giving a timeline of “at least 10 years” before warehouses become fully automated — a measured approach at odds with the likes of Tesla, which recently scaled back its automation citing “overconfidence” […]

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Amazon to Make One-Day Shipping the Standard on Amazon Prime

Amazon plans on spending $800 million in this year’s second quarter to build out the needed infrastructure. April 26, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The standard delivery time for your Amazon Prime orders will eventually take one day, not two. “We’re currently working on evolving our Prime free two-day shipping program to be a free one-day shipping program,” Amazon’s chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said in a Thursday earnings call. According to Olsavsky, Amazon plans on spending $800 million in this year’s second quarter to build out the infrastructure needed to make the one-day delivery times possible. Already, the company’s Amazon Prime program has been offering one-day, same-day, and two-hour shipping times, but only in certain zip codes and for a limited number of products. However, in recent months the company has been expanding the number of zip codes and items eligible for the one-day shipping times, Olsavsky said. […]

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Amazon Pays Thousands of People to Listen to Alexa Voice Recordings

They listen to, transcribe and annotate the things we say when the smart assistant is listening. April 11, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag When interacting with Alexa, you aren’t talking to a human, but that doesn’t mean to say other humans won’t hear what’s said. In fact, Amazon has thousands of people listening to our Alexa voice recordings every day. It may, or may not come as a revelation to you that what’s said in the vicinity of an Alexa smart speaker or display can be recorded and sent back to Amazon. As Bloomberg reports, there’s a big human element to Alexa, and it’s vital for the smart assistant to continue getting better at its job. Amazon employs thousands of people whose task it is to transcribe, annotate and then feedback into Alexa’s underlying software anything learned from specific recordings. This is a full time job for individuals scattered […]

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Amazon Employees Call for a Company-Wide Climate Change Plan

This doesn’t guarantee that Bezos and crew will listen. April 10, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Amazon is the next tech giant to face mounting calls to action from its employees. A total of 3,541 employees have published an open letter asking Jeff Bezos and other leaders to adopt a shareholder resolution and release a “company-wide” climate change plan meeting their terms. Some are clarifications of existing initiatives, while others would require a significant shake-up in its existing strategy. The workers called for a “complete” end to the use of fossil fuels, not just carbon offsets. Those still leave lasting effects, such as the diesel pollution from delivery vans. The employees also demanded a halt to all solutions designed for the fossil fuel industry, such as the AWS for Oil & Gas initiative that drew criticism earlier in the week. Further, the staffers wanted any goals to be consistent with the IPCC’s […]

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How Apple’s March 25 Announcement Looks a Lot Like ‘The Game of Thrones’

The battle among the titans of tech for the ‘digital’ throne is just like the battle for the ‘iron’ one. April 3, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On March 25 Apple announced an upcoming slew of new subscription services it’s launching through Apple News +, Apple Card, Apple Arcade and Apple TV +. But the company’s new, deeper dive into news, television and video games — formerly the purview of other companies — doesn’t mean it’s now competing for subscribers against the likes of Netflix, Disney or the New York Times. That’s because when you compare subscriber totals, the company that Steve Jobs built has already won that battle. Instead, Apple is going head-to-head with Google, Amazon and Facebook, battling it out for ownership of customers and their attention spans, plus the accompanying data that comes along with that. So, the question is, what should we think about Apple’s […]

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Read Amazon’s Statement on Why It Is Pulling Out of Planned HQ2 in New York City

‘For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.’ February 14, 2019 2 min read Amazon released the following statement on Thursday, Feb. 14: After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island […]

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Creating Evergreen Funnels for a Sustainable Business – with Nick Stephenson

Nick Stephenson: Evergreen runs on all our products all the time, but we will do a live promotion or a live launch once a year. So, for the main product, 10k Readers, we do an affiliate launch once every year and there’s a reason we do it once a year: It’s because it’s exhausting. It makes you want to just go to bed for a week. Pat Flynn: You’re listening to a conversation that I had recently with Nick Stephenson from YourFirst10kReaders.com, who’s also a former guest here on the show back in Episode 162, which was back in May of 2015. When he came on for the first time, he talked about his very first product launch, which was over $130,000. The fun story about Nick was that he was actually sitting in the audience on a webinar that I produced and co-hosted, that he then bought a course […]

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Amazon to Offer In-Garage Deliveries

Prime members in 37 cities will be able to choose a new ‘in-garage delivery’ option when checking out on Amazon’s website. January 9, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Are you worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, but too sketched out to give Amazon access to your home or car? How about your garage? The online retail giant on Monday announced it’s expanding its Key by Amazon service to offer in-garage deliveries. Starting in the second quarter of the year, Prime members in 37 cities will be able to choose a new “in-garage delivery” option when checking out on Amazon’s website. Customers who select this option will receive notifications via the Key app when their package is on the way, when their garage door opens for the delivery, and when it closes. Those with a Cloud Cam ($119.99 at Amazon) will also be able to watch the delivery as it happens. […]

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How Ecommerce Will Change in 2019 and Beyond

The Amazon Effect is real, but it doesn’t mean that Amazon is the only ecommerce player that will matter in 2019. January 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For better or worse, the U.S. economy and the global economy are in the throes of the “Amazon Effect,” a term used to describe Amazon.com’s success, which has upended retail practice and customer expectations, both online and off. By mid-2018, Amazon was already responsible for roughly 50 percent of the nation’s ecommerce sales and 5 percent of all combined offline and online sales. Related: Small Businesses Should Be Thankful for Amazon.com Boasting 11 straight quarters of profits, a record $1.9 in sales for the just-ended holiday season, and the richest man in the world as its CEO, Amazon certainly saw its way of doing things work out for the company. What the Amazon Effect Is So, what […]

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5 Reasons Why New York and Arlington Were Amazon’s Choice for HQ2

‘Location, location, location’ is all very well, but for Amazon, ‘access to talent’ takes all. November 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Amazon finally announced the location of its new second headquarters (HQ2), multiple cities were sorely disappointed, and many observers, surprised. Rather than put all its eggs in one basket, Amazon elected to split the baby and set up shop in two locations: New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Related: Amazon HQ2 Search Exposes Gaps in America’s Tech Workforce How many cities were bummed out? The Wall Street Journal put the number that bid on HQ2 (with Seattle being the first) at an extraordinary 236. Competition bamong the andidate cities was, in fact, fierce. Bloomberg opinion columnist Shira Ovide likened the selection process to the popular reality-TV show, The Bachelor. The difference was that this beauty contest atmosphere led to plenty of free publicity for […]

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Check Out the New Amazon 4-star Stores — And Get 4 Tips for Any Business

Amazon now has over 100 physical stores. November 16, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amazon recently opened two of its three Amazon 4-star stores, making its collective brick-and-mortar experiences tally up at over 100 locations between Amazon Books, Amazon Pop-Up, Amazon Go and now Amazon 4-star. These investments from Amazon have customers, competitors and commerce-driven professionals alike speculating the future and the present of what Amazon is up to, but one thing is for certain … physical retail is here to stay. Make no mistake, however, that Amazon’s investment into this space is unlike anything we have seen in the past. Related: Why This Online Clothing Company Started Sharing Its Profits With Brick-and-Mortar Stores Merging its extensive consumer and inventory data generated from Amazon.com with futuristic ideas of what brick-and-mortar retail should look like, Amazon has opened its 4-star stores in the Soho neighborhood of […]

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New York Is Giving Amazon a Helipad and New Yorkers Are Furious

The governor and mayor are thrilled with Amazon. Ordinary New Yorkers just see higher rents and even more crowded subways. November 14, 2018 4 min read New Yorkers are infuriated the only infrastructure improvement they will see from the city’s deal with Amazon is apparently a helipad for Jeff Bezos and his lieutenants at HQ2 (and-a-half). It’s not the biggest item in the memorandum of understanding outlining the $1.5 billion incentive package, but it is laid out in detail in its own clause (see item B under section 5, Public Party Commitments). The helipad is particularly galling to New Yorkers crammed in overcrowded subways. Recently reelected Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is celebrating the Amazon deal as a big win, faced a determined primary challenge by actor and activist Cynthia Nixon, of Sex and the City fame, who campaigned on public anger over unreliable subway service. Related: Amazon Has Triggered a $5 Billion […]

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How to Build a Software Company—the Story of JungleScout with Greg Mercer

Pat Flynn: Some of the most interesting stories here on The Smart Passive Income Podcast are stories behind how certain software companies have come to be. We’ve had Clay Collins, who was introduced in Episode 78. We’ve had Nathan Berry on the show to talk about how he bootstrapped ConvertKit. And now today we have an amazing story behind JungleScout—that is a analytical tool . . . an analytical tool—that’s kind of hard to say—for people who are doing business on Amazon. It helps you do keyword research and understand competition and potential sales, numbers for various product that are on there. And if you’re doing any sort of business on Amazon, you probably want to know about it if you don’t know already. And today I’m going to be interviewing and getting the origin story of this piece of software that has grown so big, and I just love […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Will Be Split Between NYC and Arlington, Va.

Its new headquarters will create a total of 50,000 jobs, Amazon says. November 13, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Amazon has announced the locations for its second headquarters following a search process that lasted over a year. As rumored, its new offices will be split between New York City and Arlington, Va. The NYC site is coming to Long Island City and will span 4 million square feet and make room for 25,000 new jobs, while Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood will get a similar amount of space and create the same number of jobs. Both sites will have the option of expanding to 8 million square feet in the future and Amazon says each will bring $2.5 billion investments to their regions. Nashville will be the home of Amazon’s new Operations Center. That site, which will feature a 1 million-square-foot office space, will bring in 5,000 […]

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