Amazon Takes a Step Closer to UPS
Online - Retail - Tech

Amazon’s off-platform logistics business, Multi-Channel Fulfillment, scored one of its biggest partnerships yet. Multi-Channel Fulfillment allows brands to use Amazon’s transportation and fulfill...

Modern Retail
July 16, 2021

Norman Lear Catalog Heads to Amazon, IMDb TV
Streaming - Television

And there’s Maude … on a streaming platform for the first time. Amazon and Sony Pictures TV have struck a deal that will bring an extensive catalog of legendary producer Norman Lear’s shows to ...

Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2021

Entertainment Industry Rebounding from Pandemic Slump
Streaming - Television

The global entertainment and media industry has rebounded strongly from a pandemic slump, claims a new report. According to PWC, the industry is set to grow by 6.5% in 2021 and 6.7% in 2022. The repo...

Digital TV Europe
July 13, 2021

Despite Online Growth, Stores Will Still Account for Three-Fou...
Retail

E-commerce in the U.S. grew 30% in 2020, its fastest growth rate since 2002, according to an emailed report from Forrester. Yet, the research firm projects that 72% of retail will still take place off...

Retail Dive
July 12, 2021

The Future of Online Retail Looks a Lot Like QVC
Online - Retail

Retailers as varied as Walmart, Amazon, Gucci and Levi’s are experimenting with live-stream shopping events, which are projected to generate $11 billion in U.S. sales this year. Live-streamed shopp...

The Washington Post
July 9, 2021

Amazon in Talks for ‘Tomorrow War’ Sequel
Streaming

In response to this past weekend’s hugely successful global streaming debut of The Tomorrow War, Skydance and Amazon Studios are in discussions, I hear, on the development of a sequel to the Chris P...

Deadline
July 9, 2021

Amazon’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ Watched By 2.4M U.S. Hou...
Streaming

Amazon did not report viewership figures for their $200M Skydance acquisition title The Tomorrow War, but third-party streaming analytics corp Samba TV did, and the Chris Pratt movie drew 2.41M U.S. h...

Deadline
July 7, 2021

Grubhub to Use Robots on 250 College Campuses for Food Deliver...
Dining - Tech

Grubhub and Russian self-driving startup Yandex are teaming up to use robots to deliver food on US college campuses. It represents the latest deal that envisions hundreds of six-wheeled self-driving r...

The Verge
July 7, 2021

Amazon Launches $40 COVID-19 Home Test Kits
Health & Beauty

The Amazon COVID-19 Test Collection Kit DTC has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Customers can use the test collection kit at home, and the ...

About Amazon
July 7, 2021

Half of Americans Have Cut the Cord, Ditching Linear TV
Streaming - Television

A new study carried out by The Trade Desk has found that 47% of US TV viewers are already cordless while 44% with cable intend on pulling back or cutting their service altogether in the coming year. ...

Digital TV Europe
June 30, 2021

Podcast Megadeal for Jason Bateman, Will Arnett & Sean Ha...
Podcasts - Podcasts

Podcast mega deals continue. Smartless, the podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes, has been acquired by Amazon Music and Wondery. It is the latest example of a podcast series b...

Deadline
June 29, 2021

Amazon’s Latest Alexa Trick is Helping Kids Read
Tech

Amazon has announced a new feature for its Kids Plus service on Fire tablets and Echo smart speakers called Reading Sidekick. Designed to help kids improve their reading skills and ability, the Readin...

The Verge
June 29, 2021

ADT Security Bets on Google Partnership to Drive Revenue
Electronics - Tech

The alarm system-provider began selling Google’s Nest products this spring, hoping to solidify its place in the smart-home arena. Security-system provider ADT Inc. is betting on its partnership wit...

Wallstreet Journal
June 29, 2021

Jeff Bezos Will Step Down as Amazon CEO in on July 5
Retail - Tech

Jeff Bezos officially steps down from his job as CEO of Amazon in one week, on July 5. "We chose that date because it's sentimental for me, the day Amazon was incorporated in 1994, exactly 27 years a...

Business Insider
June 28, 2021

Amazon Buys Art19, a Podcast Hosting and Ad Company
Podcasts

Amazon has snapped up Art19, which provides tools to podcast creators and publishers for hosting, ad serving, audience targeting and measurement, as the ecommerce colossus continues to build out its p...

Variety
June 25, 2021

Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Face ‘Tightening Regulation’ ...
Television

The U.K. government will “consider tightening regulation of video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video,” the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCM...

Variety
June 23, 2021

Pluto TV Takes a Different Approach to Streaming
Streaming - Television

During the pandemic, I finally bought a television. Maybe you did too. It’s not that I didn’t watch things constantly prior to this — “I don’t own a TV” went from just a snobbish thing to ...

Vulture
June 22, 2021

Amazon Orders Self-Driving Tech for 1,000 Trucks
Automotive - Tech

Amazon has put in an order for 1,000 autonomous driving systems from Plus, a self-driving tech startup, Bloomberg reported. The eCommerce giant also got the rights to buy as much as a 20 percent stak...

Pymnts
June 22, 2021

The Best Prime Day Deals on Everything From Smart Watches to A...
Online - Retail

Next week marks the first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate than filling up your virtual shopping carts? Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s annual savings event, kicks off on June...

Variety
June 22, 2021

The Best Deals for Prime Day from Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Wa...
Online - Retail

Updated constantly, Prime Day deals have arrived! The Wirecutter Deals team is hard at work sifting through thousands of discounts to find you the best hassle-free deals on Wirecutter picks. For the ...

Wirecutter
June 21, 2021

Target Bets on Grocery for its “Deal Days” Promot...
Retail

Target is adding food and beverages to Deal Days, its sales event and answer to Amazon Prime Day. The coming months will test whether Target and other grocers can convince consumers to keep filling up...

CNBC
June 21, 2021

Brands & Retailers Need to Rethink Digital Marketing
Branding - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers - Online

What’s become clear to e-tailers globally is that the Facebook-dominated era, which fuelled thousands of new direct-to-consumer brands, is transforming. Already, marketers must think more broadly ab...

Vogue Business
June 21, 2021

One-Quarter of U.S. TV time is Spent Watching Streaming Servic...
Streaming - Television

The majority of Americans are still spending their screen time watching network and cable television, but streaming is gaining steam, according to new data from research firm Nielsen. Nielsen, known ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

UK Government Calls On Netflix & Amazon To Disclose Viewi...
Streaming

The British government has called on streaming giants including Netflix and Amazon to disclose viewing data for shows originated by UK public service broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, a...

Deadline
June 17, 2021

Amazon Will Overtake Walmart as the Largest U.S. Retailer in 2...
Online - Retail

Amazon’s U.S. retail business is the “fastest growing at scale,” according to the company’s analysts. Between 2014 and 2020, Amazon’s U.S. gross merchandise volume, or GMV — a closely watc...

CNBC
June 14, 2021

Starbucks Files for Stadium Naming Rights
Beverages - Branding - Dining - Sports

In a June 2 application, the coffee chain sought approval to use its name in "providing stadium and training facilities for sports and entertainment activities" and "promoting business, sports and ent...

Reuters
June 14, 2021

Amazon Gaming Service Will Open Access to Prime Members on Pri...
Gaming - Streaming

Amazon is opening up access to its game streaming service Luna to all Amazon Prime members on June 21 and 22 (Amazon Prime Day). Previously, to test out Luna you had to request access or sign up from ...

The Verge
June 14, 2021

GameStop Taps Amazon Vets as CEO & CFO as Online Sales Pi...
Gaming - Retail

Following the announcement in April that GameStop CEO George Sherman would be stepping down, the retailer has appointed a new head in former Amazon lead Matt Furlong. Furlong joins GameStop after two...

IGN
June 10, 2021

Target Joins Amazon & Walmart with Online Summer Event
Retail - Toys

The big three are going at it on the cusp of the summer solstice. Target is joining the fray alongside Walmart (Deals for Days) and Amazon (Prime Day) with the return of its Deal Days promotion. The...

The Toy Book
June 4, 2021

Amazon Announces Prime Day Show Featuring Billie Eilish, HER, ...
Music - Streaming - Tech

Amazon is gearing up for Prime Day this month, and to celebrate, the company announced on Thursday (June 3) its upcoming Prime Day Show, a three-part musical special airing on Prime Video. Billie Eil...

Billboard
June 4, 2021

What is Amazon Sidewalk (& How to Opt Out of It)
Tech

Users of Amazon Ring and Echo have only about a week to opt-out of the tech giant’s sketchy new IoT service, Sidewalk. Sidewalk works like this: users pool a small, encrypted portion of their person...

Gizmodo
June 2, 2021

How Will Amazon Uncage Its New Lion as the Tech Giant Goes Hol...
Streaming - Tech - Theatrical

Hollywood has spent the past week trying to imagine how Amazon will integrate MGM after its $8.5 billion acquisition of the legendary studio is complete. Did Amazon overpay? What is the fate of MGM f...

Variety
June 2, 2021

Spotify’s Chief Legal Officer Calls Apple a “Ruthless ...
Streaming - Tech

This week I’m talking to Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer of Spotify, to help me understand why Spotify and so many other app developers are so frustrated with Apple...

The Verge
June 1, 2021

Dr. Seuss Partners with Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Others for ...
Fashion - Retail - Tech - Toys

Partnerships have been forged with Build-A-Bear Workshop, Random House Children’s Books, Hallmark, Amazon, Skechers, Oriental Trading Co., Tervis, MantraBand, and BioWorld. Since its publication in ...

The Toy Book
May 28, 2021

Recent Mergers Put Pressure on Netflix
Streaming - Tech

Amazon Will Buy MGM for Over $8 Billion. Your Move, Netflix. The move is the latest, and greatest, in a new wave of media consolidation sparked by the streaming wars. It's an inevitable progression, ...

Wired
May 27, 2021

New Barnes & Noble Opening Shows How the Chain is Changin...
Branding - Retail

Bookstore managers take their cue from their customers in choosing what to stock, and have much more leeway in how to display it. Giving this freedom to the stores — a process that began last year,...

Seattle Times
May 27, 2021

Executive Team In Play As Amazon Set To Absorb MGM
Streaming

With the $8.75 billion Amazon-MGM deal wrapped, the question around Hollywood now is who will run it and whether MGM execs will cash big checks and head for the exits. The acquisition announced Wedne...

Deadline
May 27, 2021

How Will Amazon Run MGM?
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

Is the tech giant buying the venerable studio mostly for its vast library or does it want to supercharge the studio's production capabilities? The blockbuster acquisition, assuming it passes regulato...

Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2021

Amazon Buys MGM for $8.45 Billion
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

James Bond has a new home: Amazon and MGM announced a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. MGM, founded in 1924, complements Amazon Studios, which has pr...

Variety
May 26, 2021

Amazon, Chewy Dominate Pet Product E-Commerce
CPG - Online - Pets - Retail

By draw among those buying pet products online, the leaders are Amazon (59%) and Chewy (41%), followed by Walmart.com (33%) and then PetSmart.com and Petco.com. Measuring by dollar sales share rather ...

PRNewswire
May 26, 2021

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