Amazon Prime Day boosts small business shopping, too

Oct 13, 2020
There are small- and medium-sized businesses who use Amazon's platform and logistics to reach wider audiences.
More than half the products sold on Amazon come from smaller companies.
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Walmart launching new service to compete with Amazon Prime

Sep 1, 2020
But customer loyalty and just pure laziness might get in the way.
A Walmart store in Washington, D.C. The retail giant is launching a subscription service that includes unlimited shipping.
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Amazon's one-day shipping bet dents profits this holiday season

Dec 26, 2019
It costs Amazon more to deliver the average package than you spend on the item itself.
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Why Netflix and WarnerMedia want sitcoms for the streaming wars

Sep 18, 2019
Netflix hopes "Seinfeld" will keep the streaming giant master of its domain, while HBO Max hopes to enter the field with a "Big Bang."
The cast of "Seinfeld."
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The path left by your online purchases

Dec 27, 2018
You might have done a lot of online shopping this holiday season, and you’re not alone — more than 1 billion items were shipped for free in the United States this holiday with Amazon Prime, the company reported. And with the rise of online shopping comes a lot more warehouses popping up in rural communities […]

What’s the strategy behind Amazon’s decision to hike monthly Prime membership rates?

Jan 19, 2018
Amazon is raising its monthly Prime membership rate, from $10.99 to $12.99. But the annual membership cost is staying the same, at $99. So what’s the logic here? Is Amazon trying to push more people into becoming annual members? Might the price hike prompt some people to drop the service altogether? What are the pros […]

Amazon has another holiday for you

Dec 28, 2017
Amazon hopes for more spending and subscribers on “Digital Day.” Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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Wal-Mart changes tactics to compete with Amazon Prime

Feb 1, 2017
After launching less than a year ago, Wal-Mart is ending ShippingPass, a membership program meant to compete with Amazon Prime. In its place, Wal-Mart will now offer two-day free shipping on purchases over $35. But the company will have a lot of ground to make up as Amazon branches out into markets beyond retail. Click […]

Will Costco lose its valuable members to Amazon Prime?

Sep 29, 2016
Costco's membership fees are a big part of its business.
About 75 percent of Costco's operating income is from its membership fees.
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