Amazon’s Prime day failed to live up to the hype generated sending a strong message to e-retailers of the dangers of overreaching customers’ expectations.
Merchants participating in Amazon.com’s much-advertised “Prime Day” sale saw an 80 percent rise in US sales from a year earlier but it appears that the event caused more trouble that it was worth. more»
Amazon.com is extending its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China.
Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan.
Now, according to the head of Amazon Marketplace, Peter Faricy, Amazon Lending, founded in 2012, now plans to offer short-term working capital loans in other countries where it operates a third-party, seller-run marketplace business,. more»
Software giant Microsoft has said that it aims to make more than $20 billion in annual revenue from its cloud computing businesses by the end of fiscal 2018.
Chief Executive Satya Nadella said this would mean tripling its cloud based revenue in three years. more»
Online book seller Amazon is creating a service side to its business based on the very sound idea that customers might want to buy flat-pack furniture, but have not got a clue how to assemble it.
Peter Faricy, vice president for Amazon Marketplace said that there were more than 85 million Amazon customers who have shopped for products this past year that often require a service afterwards. more»
Online giant Amazon said it is to offer unlimited cloud storage, offering two plans for people who want to upload vast collections of media that they have.
The first is called the Unlimited Photos Plan – it comes with a free three month trial, then a subscription of $12 a year – this lets you store as many photographs as you like on the Amazon Cloud and includes 5GB of extra storage for videos, documents or other files. more»
Cupertino based Apple Inc has decided to ditch HP and Dell to supply its servers and instead is looking to Taiwanese firms to supply its data centre needs.
That’s according to Taiwan wire Digitimes which said some of the local white box server manufacturers have already received orders from Apple for boxes. more»
Google is offering a new kind of data storage service which should go a long way to melting Amazon’s Glacier.
Nearline is for non-essential data, similar to Glacier, but it is offering it a cent a month per gigabyte. This is more than half the cheapest in the market place, which is Microsoft’s 2.4 cents a gigabyte. more»
Alibaba is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley which is the first that the e-commerce giant has set up outside of China.
The new California data centre marks the Chinese company’s latest expansion onto an US market dominated by Amazon, Microsoft and Google. more»
Only 221.4 million tablets will ship worldwide this year – a drop of 11.9 percent compared to 2014.
That’s according to Digitimes Research (DR), which predicts that Apple will continue to take the lead, managing to ship over 54 million units this year. more»
Microsoft has launched a package to lure start-ups and SME’s to its Azure profile by offering them $500,000 in Azure credits.
The deal, announced by partner Y Combinator, is only available to Y Combinator-backed companies and will be offered to the 2015 Winter and future batches. more»
There have been howls of derision on the interwebs after it was revealed that ad-blocking browser Adblock Plus has been paid off by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Taboola.
What appeared to have been a brilliant bit of software which kept adverts out of your browser, has turned into something of a debacle. more»
Apple continued to be the market leader for tablets in 2014 but it, in common with other vendors, showed a drop in sales.
A report from Trendforce said that the tablet industry has no reached the maturity point with shipments globally totalling 192 million units. more»
Despite reports suggesting that the market for tablets is in decay, fresh data shows that it ain’t necessarily so.
Digitimes Research said that overall global tablet shipments in the fourth quarter last year grew by 16.9 percent to total 74.77 million units, mostly down to Apple and first tier vendors good performances. more»
European antitrust watchdogs have serious doubts about Amazon’s cosy arrangement with Luxemburg to dodge its taxes.
According to a report released today, the European Commission believes the Amazon deal constituted state aid and doubted that such aid was lawful.
The European Commission, which rules on competition and subsidies in the European Union, announced in October that it had opened an investigation into a tax ruling struck in 2003. more»
Online bookseller Amazon has created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand.
The company said that it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and design. more»