December 14, 2012 |
Stephen Kling is a devoted Amazon.com shopper, but lately he's been lured back to big-box retailers, buying items from Target and Office Depot. The reason? He can get same-day delivery. Using a smartphone app from EBay, the San Francisco corporate trainer can order products from a variety of bricks-and-mortar retailers and get the items hand-delivered to him that same day, often within an hour. Last month, he ordered a $250 Nexus 7 tablet computer, and it was delivered to him within 30 minutes - at his barbershop.
November 27, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Internet retailer Amazon.com -- after years of avoiding having any physical presence in California -- is planning to open a third massive distribution center in the Golden State. The new operation is in Tracy, a distant bedroom community for the San Francisco Bay Area south of Sacramento. The facility will be only about 30 miles from a second Amazon center being built in Patterson to the south. Last month, the Seattle company cut the ribbon on a 950,000-square-foot facility in the city of San Bernardino, which started filling orders before the holiday shopping season.
November 14, 2012 |
Vanessa Hudgens, the star of the Disney "High School Musical" films, is tackling more adult roles in the upcoming "Machete Kills" and "The Frozen Ground. " But the 23-year-old has retained her youthful, slightly punk edge when it comes to her personal style -- she's more likely to don a pair of combat boots on the red carpet than a pair of sparkly stilettos. When she participated in "The 24 Hour Plays," Montblanc's creative fundraiser for the Urban Arts Project, in New York City on Monday, the actress opted for a sleeveless white top, simple black pants and lace-up boots.
November 8, 2012 |
Amazon.com on Thursday launched a dedicated wine marketplace on its website. The online wine shop is currently in beta, with thousands of labels searchable by type (red, white, etc.), grape varietal, winery, tasting notes (blackberry, vanilla, oak ... ), professional rating, vintage, ABV (alcohol by volume) or price. So far, customers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington , Wyoming and the District of Columbia (with more states to be added)
November 8, 2012 |
As if shopping on Amazon.com needed to get any more dangerous: The online retailer will now start selling wine in a dedicated section on its site, just in time for the holidays. Visitors to Amazon Wine will have access to more than 1,000 wines from wineries nationwide. Bottle prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, plus shipping costs of $9.99 for up to six bottles. Amazon will serve as a sort of middle man and discovery center, partnering with wineries that provide the wine and use the online marketplace to raise awareness for their brands and make sales.
October 26, 2012 |
British publishing house Pearson said it's in talks to combine its Penguin book publishing unit with Random House Inc. as the media companies try to bulk up in response to a surge in providers of electronic books. The merged company would have combined revenue of about $3 billion, based on 2011 annual reports. No agreement has been reached and the discussions may not lead to a transaction, Pearson said in a statement. Christian Steinhof, a spokesman for Random House' parent company, Bertelsmann, referred to Pearson's statement and declined to comment further.
October 25, 2012 |
Bond Girls are known for being ubiquitous symbols of beauty, class and style, so it's no surprise that actress Bérénice Marlohe has taken on the role. She plays "Sévérine" in the upcoming 23rd James Bond film "Skyfall," slated for a Nov. 9 release. The French beauty has been spotted around the globe proving just how stylish she can be in outfits worthy of any Bond love interest. She chose a sleeveless royal blue peplum number by Julien Macdonald at a photo call in Moscow and a draped aqua blue dress by Roksanda Ilincic in Istanbul. Marlohe was photographed at a recent photo call for the film at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City in a Salvatore Ferragamo fall 2012 military-green coat and Tod's knee-high boots.
October 18, 2012 |
A free Amazon.com service that makes content-sharing easier on multiple Kindles could bring students one step closer to shedding their heavy backpacks. Called Whispercast , the service creates a single point to purchase and distribute Kindle e-books to students and office workers with wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday. A teacher or administrator can register students to the classroom's Kindles, sort them into groups by subject or grade level, then distribute readings accordingly.