In news that continues to sound a bit weird even after hearing it a few times, according to Bloomberg, Google recently announced that they will be launching a service for delivering groceries and fresh produce to customers. The service will initially be offered in San Francisco and one other city, and will likely expand to other urban areas in the future.
Via Shutterstock Via both Wired and Mashable , in the wake of the slow death of Adobe Flash ( which we covered here ) comes some good news. Several of the biggest tech companies are getting together to create and support an open-source, royalty-free video format for all to use . This is probably...
YouTube's new live-streaming service for gamers, YouTube Gaming, officially launches today. The extension of YouTube into live streaming services is an attempt to compete with Twitch Interactive, the burgeoning industry's current leader, which gets about 65 million visitors a month.
Amazon Stream is the “everything” store’s foray into gallery-based visual marketing a la Pinterest. The emphasis is on the visual, but the actual specs of the service are somewhat different from those of its forebears.
Believe it or not, consumers should soon be able to reserve their next trip on Amazon with its new Amazon Travel initiative. In an exclusive piece shared on Skift, a specialized travel industry website, we learn that starting next January 1, Amazon will now offer hotel rooms on its hugely popular site, with selected accommodations in the Seattle, Los Angeles and New York areas at first.
Twitter’s latest quest to conjure revenue from its platform involves ecommerce giant Amazon, and #AmazonCart has the potential to change the relationship between social media and ecommerce. But while Twitter could gather a few coins from each sale of books or boots or baby clothes, the real win will be for brands and the opportunity to build connections with their Twitter followers.
As cable and Internet battle for audience share, the right to distribute content is becoming more valuable than the right to create it. But Amazon and HBO are betting that the best way to increase audience share is to share their audiences. If this experiment is successful, consumers can expect to see more partnerships like these in the future.
Does Amazon deserve the label of ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company’? Before I answer that question, allow me to tell you a little story about a well-known telecommunications company, one whose official strategy was to become customer-centric.
Recently, 60 Minutes broke a story that featured Amazon’s new Prime Air system (aka drone delivery). Now, this system is not yet in place and actually won’t be for a few more years. But knowing Jeff Bezos, that process could be sped up pretty quickly.
As technology races on, and the lines between the digital and physical are increasingly blurred, many executives that I speak with are simply dumbfounded by the monumental task ahead of them: to retrench the way that commercial institutions have been operating for decades.