Browsing Category Amazon, Whole Foods, Bookstore and #Resistance

What is your citizen score? Gamified obedience to the State

The Chinese government is developing a Citizen Score to rate the trustworthiness of its 1.3 billion citizens. It is always on surveillance.
What we do online and offline merge into an onlife.  A new identity exists within an infosphere, that blend of physical and virtual experiences.

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Moody’s says Amazon ain’t

The e-commerce giant is the subject of a number of myths regarding its size and clout that mask the reality of its position compared with rivals like Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp –  according to Charlie O’Shea, Moody’s vice president and lead retail analyst…

Estimates for the Amazon Prime membership base are also wildly inflated, O’Shea said, with some pundits betting the figure is as high as 85 million. Amazon itself has never provided a number, other than to say it is in the tens of millions.

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Taxes on sale at Amazon. Act fast, supplies are limited

Many companies use tax havens, or impossible but true tax arbitrage schemes to underpay taxes to the country where it should be owed. What sets Amazon apart is that their whole business model is built around using tax avoidance as a way to help make their prices among the cheapest online.

Let’s do the forensics on two different political and taxing systems with two wildly different outcomes. It’s a Rashomon of the same tax event but seen by two different authorities. The UK/EU v United States…

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Amazon Earnings without Web Services Business. Are cheap prices and customer love hiding real problems?

…Amazon’s annual sales will be just a bit less than 10 percent of GDP. Since much of GDP involves areas like health care, rent, and education, areas in which Amazon does not currently have a presence, it would have to be an incredibly dominant actor in the segments of the market where it does operate.

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Beware friends bearing low prices. Amazon. Capital Destroyer, Beserker of Retail and Unemployer of Legions

Who is hunting down the brick and mortar retailers and snuffing them. And, the killing fields are growing, from 2014-2016, 12,000 stores closed. Detectives estimates that from now to 2019 the killer will strike 30,000 more times.

What if you knew who did it? Would you tell? What if your best friend was the culprit, or your spouse or child, would you tell? Or, would you not? This is not only someone you love, but they also give you huge discounts on everything! Whatever you want, you tell them and within 48 hours it’s on your doorstep

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A no BS review of Amazon bookstore

I went to the Amazon Bookstore today on an errand to audit its well-being. I am wary of any store that has a greeter. I think they said ‘can I help you find a book today.’ It could have been that, I disregard panhandlers in the trains and in bookstores. I’m not new to books and stores, this isn’t my first rodeo.
Amazon Bookstore is a confectionary selling books (incidentally I give cotton candy a 2.3 score)

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The cold war. Amazon against the world. U.S. Rep Cicilline asks for hearings

Rep. David Cicilline wrote in his letter requesting hearings: (the deal) “raises important questions concerning competition policy, such as how the transaction will affect the future of retail grocery stores, whether platform dominance impedes innovation, and if the antitrust laws are working effectively to ensure economic opportunity, choice, and low prices for American families.”
and (the deal might) “increase Amazon’s online dominance, enabling it to prioritize its products and services over competitors.”

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Amazon is a country, Jeff Bezos is its tyrant and we are the useful idiots

Pundits be punditing that Amazon is an innovative good guy,  an avatar of economic progress, yet eliminating the need to investigate whether they actually are.  They are in a heroic battle against backward laws, regulations and industry. The consistent messaging is resistance to Amazon’s growth is from the misguided or the nostalgic or corrupted regulators and politicians who want to halt innovations.

But, what is Amazon? Is Amazon a public utility? Are we stakeholders? 

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