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Watch Out Wal-Mart. Amazon Is Coming After the Grocery Business

SEATTLE, United States — For years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has followed Amazon.com Inc., putting inventory online and starting its own version of a marketplace where third-party merchants can sell their wares. Now Amazon is returning the favour. The e-commerce behemoth is building pickup locations for groceries in Seattle that could open by the end of the year, according to someone familiar with the plans, echoing a …

Amazon launches “Family Vault,” a way for families to share Prime Photos’ free storage

One of the perks of Amazon Prime membership is free, unlimited photo storage via Prime Photos. Today, Amazon is extending that benefit to the family members of the main account holder, with the launch of a new Prime Photos feature called “Family Vault.” With Family Vault, an Amazon Prime member can invite up to five family members or friends to join their online account, in order …

Amazon to Hire 120,000 Temporary Workers for Holiday Season

NEW YORK, United States — Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would hire more than 120,000 seasonal employees across its fulfilment centres, sortation centres and customer service sites in the United States in the upcoming holiday season. More than 14,000 seasonal positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays last year, and the company expects to increase that number this year, Amazon said. …

Power Moves | Peter Dundas Exits Cavalli, Executive Shake-up at Condé Nast

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week. Peter Dundas Exits Roberto CavalliAfter 19 months as creative director of Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas is leaving his role in the midst of a radical and comprehensive reorganisation of the house. Cavalli has not yet named a successor to Dundas, who joined the label in March 2015. Before that, the Norwegian worked as …

Amazon Music Unlimited debuts with discounts for Prime members, cheap “Echo-only” plan

Rumors have been swirling around Amazon’s plans to launch its own, standalone music streaming service, and now those reports have been proven out: the company is today announcing the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited. This new, on-demand streaming service offers access to tens of millions of songs, and is available for $7.99 per month for Prime members, or $9.99 per month for non-Prime members. Amazon has also launched a “for …

Amazon bans incentivized reviews tied to free or discounted products

Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelines, announced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those that emerge from within its own Amazon Vine program. This program allows Amazon – not the seller or vendor – to identify trusted reviewers, and has a number of controls in place in order to keep bias out of the review process. Amazon has historically prohibited …

The $50 Amazon Echo Dot is tough to resist

Alexa is getting better, the Echo is getting smaller and Amazon will stop at nothing to bring its smart assistant into your home, even if that means issuing a second generation of its Dot hardware a mere months after the original, at virtually half the price. After all, Amazon knows when it’s got a winner on its hands, and, as Google and (likely) Apple rush …

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”

It appears that Twitch-integrated games are not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch Prime will include perks like “free loot every month,” as well as exclusive discounts on …

FreshDirect raises $189 million for grocery delivery

FreshDirect, a popular online grocery service on the East Coast, is arming itself with $189 million in additional funding.  The round was led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with W Capital and AARP Innovation Fund investing as well. The new capital will be used to help FreshDirect build up its “manufacturing capacity” and “open up some new geographies,” according to co-founder and CEO Jason Ackerman. …

Handmade, Amazon’s Etsy rival, expands into Europe

Amazon continues to try to turn the screws on its competition through its scale, and now it’s the turn of Handmade, the e-commerce giant’s marketplace for arts and crafts that competes most closely with Etsy.  Today, Amazon announced that Handmade would expand to Europe, starting first in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, where some 30,000 “genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from European artisans” …