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Amazon adds UK post offices to bricks-and-mortar footprint
November 27, 2014 | 4:42 pm

British Booksellers AssociationAmazon has just expanded its distribution and delivery network in the UK by partnering with the Royal Mail to deliver Amazon packages to British post offices - an arrangement that observers say could help to support the ailing UK postal service, already under attack from private sector competitors in the parcels and door-to-door delivery space. The UK post office network, spun off from the delivery network in April 2012 as Post Office Ltd., gives Amazon around 10,500 new points of presence across the country, "taking the total number of Amazon pickup points across the UK to more than 16,000," according...

Amazon goes same day in UK
October 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

AmazonAmazon has begun same-day delivery in the UK, in a manner that - unexpectedly - might even help book chains, or at least one version of them. " today announced an expansion of its Pick-Up Location programme which includes the introduction of its first ever Same-Day collection service," states the Amazon release. "Customers will be able to purchase products and pick up their order later that day as a result of a collaboration with newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News, a division of Connect Group Plc. For a limited time, Amazon Prime members will be able to use this new...

Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?
August 7, 2014 | 6:31 pm

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the report, "book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores through Google Shopping Express." Barnes & Noble is already up on the icon panel of Google Shopping Express partners. With the Amazon/Hachette spat still unresolved, the NYT unsurprisingly chooses to put an anti-Amazon spin on this news, claiming that "Amazon poses a...

Amazon waves magic wand, creates Amazon Dash for instant Amazon Fresh shopping
April 4, 2014 | 8:05 pm

amazondashAs many successful products and services as Amazon has launched over the last few years, sometimes it seems like Jeff Bezos must have a magic wand. It turns out, in fact, that he does, and now he’s making it available to select Amazon Fresh customers, too. Gizmodo has the word about the new “Amazon Dash,” a wand-shaped device that incorporates a bar code scanner and a microphone with speech recognition (undoubtedly the same speech recognition as Amazon just introduced in the Amazon Fire TV), along with WiFi connectivity, to allow people to add things to their Amazon Fresh grocery...

Amazon UK is not the Dark Deliverer
January 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

amazon ukThe decision by Sainsbury's Supermarkets to stop online sales of print books suddenly makes a lot more sense with the revelation that Amazon UK is no longer offering free delivery on smaller print book orders either. According to information on the Amazon UK website, as highlighted by The Bookseller, under the heading "About Changes to FREE Super Saver Delivery," Amazon states that "from 7 January 2014, all UK orders fulfilled by Amazon with a total value of at least £10 [$16.40] will qualify for FREE Super Saver Delivery.  Previously, the £10 threshold applied to all our product categories except Books,...

Waterstones announces plan to counter Amazon drones with trained owls
December 2, 2013 | 12:08 pm

wildlife_barn_owlThe Internet has been abuzz ever since Amazon announced it was looking into the use of drones to deliver lightweight packages to customers near its distribution centers. Personally, it sounds like another one of those things that is more about the publicity than the service. Amazon’s storage lockers are still unavailable to the vast majority of Amazon customers, two years after they were first introduced. Likewise, Amazon doesn’t have that many distribution centers, so almost nobody would be able to take advantage of this service if it existed. (Gizmodo would tend to agree.) That being said, British chain Waterstones...

Amazon takes the Tube, moves on London Underground stations, collection points
November 22, 2013 | 6:01 pm

Amazon seems to be readying a move in the UK that might get all the haters' backs up, according to reports in the Financial Times and many other points elsewhere, with entry into one of London's most iconic achievements: the  Tube. And the plan seems all the more likely to attract animus because it is helmed by London's Conservative mayor Boris Johnson, and opposed by the UK's Labour-linked unions. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="155"] Bring those books here *fast*[/caption] Transport for London is reportedly in discussion with Amazon over potential plans to convert its ticket offices into drop-off points for Amazon deliveries. With many...

Staples, Radio Shack part ways with Amazon delivery lockers
November 6, 2013 | 8:27 pm

amazon delivery lockersNot sure how I missed seeing this when it came out a couple of weeks ago, but it turns out that a couple of the store chains where Amazon had experimented with placing its order pickup lockers decided to end the experiment and yank the lockers from their stores. Staples (which I knew about) and Radio Shack (which I didn’t) decided the lockers weren’t right for them, and out they go. Not that it’s a big surprise. The idea that people coming in to pick up something from the locker might also buy something at the store works a lot better...

Caution: Low-flying books Down Under as drone delivery service launches
October 16, 2013 | 10:30 am

drone delivery Aussies could soon be ducking to avoid more than low-flying kookaburras as New South Wales textbook rental and student services company Zookal ... ahem... launches an airborne book delivery service using drones. The service, called Flirtey, is a JV between Zookal CEO Ahmed Haider and Matthew Sweeny , CEO of software company Vimbra, and reportedly will... umm ... take to the air with six drones, initially delivering books and parcels around Sydney's Central Business District.  Zookal's largest service line is Textbook Rentals which provides a faster, easier and cheaper alternative to what is available disrupting the current textbook market. "We solve one...

Amazon patents scheduled recurring deliveries
February 10, 2013 | 5:02 pm

Amazon Fresh truck Seattle deliveryA few days ago I brought up a patent Amazon got on reselling “used” digital content. It turns out that’s not the only odd patent Amazon’s gotten lately. Dan brought to my attention U.S. patent number 8,370,271, which Amazon just received on “recurring delivery of products.” Essentially, Amazon just received a patent on the ability to ship a new order of a particular good every so often to a customer without being asked. Or, as one pundit put it, Amazon has just “patented the milkman.” Amazon has already been offering this service for some time now. If you order some sort...

Amazon launches delivery lockers in New York City
October 19, 2011 | 12:07 am

Yesterday Engadget reported that Amazon has brought its post-office-box-style package pickup lockers to Gristedes, Rite-Aid, and D’Agostino stores in New York City. We had last mentioned them trying the lockers out in Seattle, and Electronista also reports that they have been popping up in the UK (though none of those have been activated yet). I expect the lockers will probably be introduced in major metropolitan areas first, where there are more people to use them, and might slowly make their way to other cities. I doubt any will come to my home town of Springfield, Missouri for a...

Amazon field-tests convenience store package delivery drops
September 6, 2011 | 11:46 pm

711-lockerIt’s a conundrum faced by anyone who has ever ordered something expensive on-line: how do you make sure you’re home when it gets there? How can you be sure the UPS man won’t just leave your shiny new Kindle, or even a box of books, sitting right on your doorstep? (I had that happen to an Amazon package once. It rained that day; one of my books got soaked.) If your employer won’t receive it for you, and you don’t have a friendly neighbor or relative to take care of that for you, what do you do? Amazon has...

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