Month: December 2014

Amazon to deliver in one hour

Amazon has just launched a new service called Prime Now, which will let Prime members order “tens of thousands” of “daily essentials” for immediate delivery. Once you download the new app (on Android or iOS), you’ll get the option of picking a one- or two-hour delivery between 6AM and midnight, with Uber-like tracking included. The fastest option will run $7.99 per order and two hour deliveries are free for Prime members. The service looks like a response to Google’s same-day Shopping Express launched last year, which offers same day (but not one-hour) delivery at $5 a pop, or $99 a year. Prime Now will operate exclusively in Manhattan to start with, but Amazon has promised that it’ll soon be coming “to a city near you.”

Amazon toyed with taxi deliveries earlier, but said that the Prime Now will be powered by its “growing network of fulfillment centers,” and deliver goods like paper towels, books and toys. The discount online retailer has recently seen its turf invaded by interlopers like Walmart, which has the advantage of bricks-and-mortar stores if you need something now. And if you can’t get out of the house, Google will do the dirty work by picking up items from retailers like Staples and Costco, and delivering them the same day via the aforementioned Shopping Express. Since many of Amazon’s competitors now price-match, that will put it back on par with them for convenience — and it didn’t even need any drones.

For B2B, Omnichannel is not just a buzzword, it means business – Forbes

nearly half of B2B buyers now make work-related purchases on the same websites and mobile apps they use to do their personal shopping.  It is a matter of convenience, habit, and a service the customer has come to understand and trust. We have probably all done it, and we are not alone. Even professional B2B buyers’ expectations have changed dramatically, driven by the simplicity and efficiency of online consumer sites. How people behave as consumers now drives what we expect at work, including how we interact with the manufacturers and distributors who supply businesses.

Amazon’s Android app has quietly been removed from Google Play

When Amazon updated its primary Android app with an “Apps & Games” section, it was a milestone in third-party distribution: Finally, you could access Amazon’s library of applications without sidestepping Google Play. It didn’t last long — Amazon’s app store mysteriously disappeared from Google Play this week. Well sort of. The URL for the Amazon app’s product page is still active, but it’s no longer searchable from within Google Play. Why the sudden return to the status quo? It’s exactly what you’d expect: Google didn’t like facing competition from within its own app store.