November 9, 2008 |
One of the worst things about getting a new gadget or toy is trying to free it from the hard plastic casing. To reduce those battles, Amazon.com Inc. said it was working with manufacturers to make the products it sells easier to open and more environmentally friendly. Initially, the online retailer is altering the packaging in the U.S. for 19 top-selling products from manufacturers including Mattel Inc., Microsoft Corp. and flash memory card maker Transcend Information Inc. The online retailer said that it is looking at eliminating plastic "clamshell" cases and plastic-covered wire ties that hold items in place.
December 4, 2013
Re "Amazon hopes idea will fly," Business, Dec. 3 Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has built an impressive empire with innovative delivery systems. However, I am disturbed by his latest proposal to use a spider-like robot that would fly through the sky to deliver goods. As city-dwellers, we have few opportunities to contemplate the beauty of nature in our everyday lives. How unfortunate it would be to populate the skies with robots feeding our insatiable need for the instant gratification of having more goods now. May our beautiful skies be left for the birds.
December 2, 2013 |
Delivery drones are on their way. Amazon.com on Sunday introduced Prime Air , a futuristic delivery system that the company says will get packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less, delivered via unmanned aerial vehicles. The online retail behemoth posted a video on its website that shows images of a recent Prime Air test flight. In the 80-second clip, which you can watch below, a shopper buys an item on Amazon. The item is then placed into a plastic yellow Amazon container and picked up at the end of a conveyor belt by an Amazon drone, which takes off and soars over a grassy field before depositing the package with a thud outside the shopper's doorstep.
June 26, 1999 |
Amazon.com Inc. said it named Joseph Galli as its first president and chief operating officer after Galli decided against joining PepsiCo Inc. Galli, 41, previously was president of Black & Decker Corp.'s global power tools and accessories unit, where he built up its successful DeWalt tool line, until he resigned in April. Amazon.com is expanding its management team as it spends millions of dollars to develop new products and advertise its brand.
November 20, 2007 |
Amazon.com Inc. is hoping to invigorate a nascent market for electronic books by introducing its own e-book reader with free wireless connectivity. Monday's announcement comes as e-books remain a sliver of overall book sales, partly because they lack the comfort and intimacy of bound paper. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the Web retailer spent three years developing the Kindle reader, which the company is selling online for $399.
July 22, 2010 |
His hot young company just surpassed 500 million users. He's about to be portrayed in a major Hollywood film. Yet nothing says you've hit the big time like being asked to voice yourself on "The Simpsons." Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old phenom behind the world's most popular social networking site Facebook, will play himself as a guest voice on the iconic Fox television show this fall. In the episode, "Loan-A Lisa," Lisa decides to help fund Nelson's new bike company.
October 12, 2012 |
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos confirmed that the online retail giant makes no profit on its new Kindle tablet and e-readers. Bezos told the BBC that Amazon sells the new Kindle Fire HD tablets as well as the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader at the company's cost. This is because Amazon is relying on the sales of digital content to make money. Bezos said that once users have e-readers or tablets, they purchase more digital content than they did before. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when people buy our devices," Bezos said.
March 20, 2014 |
The legendary literary agent Andrew Wylie, known as "The Jackal" for his comes-out-swinging business and negotiating tactics, has long professed his distaste for the book-and-everything-else retailer Amazon. Wylie has represented many of the biggest names of publishing over the last half century, from Vladimir Nabokov to Salman Rushdie. Back in October, when asked if he'd ever sign a book deal with Amazon's new digital publishing arm, he responded thusly: "If one of my children were kidnapped and they were threatening to throw a child off a bridge and I believed them, I might" sign such a deal, Wylie told the New Republic . He also compared Amazon's tactics and evolution to Napoleon.