The ‘soulless corporation’ look – yes, it’s Amazon on the high street | Amazon

I may be a retail misanthrope, but are the till-free Amazon Fresh shops a depersonalised step too far? At first sight, the basic concept (wander in, wander out, get charged later) looks tailor-made for me. I already don’t need much shopping “face time”. I was never one for going 1950s-walkabout Continue Reading

Best UK streaming and pay-TV services 2021: Sky, Virgin, Netflix and Amazon Prime compared and ranked | Technology

The choice of how you get your TV and movies in the UK has exploded in recent years, with a growing number of premium pay-TV providers and streaming services available at a wide range of prices. Many of them have long contracts, exclusive content and complicated bundle pricing. And that’s Continue Reading

Amazon Fresh opens first ’till-less’ grocery store in UK | Business

Amazon has opened its first contactless grocery store in the UK today where shoppers can pick up their goods and leave without having to visit a till. The Amazon Fresh store in Ealing, west London, is only available to those signed up to Amazon’s Prime subscription service, and customers must Continue Reading

Malicious Amazon Alexa Skills Can Easily Bypass Vetting Process – Tempemail

Researchers have uncovered gaps in Amazon’s skill vetting process for the Alexa voice assistant ecosystem that could allow a malicious actor to publish a deceptive skill under any arbitrary developer name and even make backend code changes after approval to trick users into giving up sensitive information. The findings were Continue Reading

‘We deserve more’: an Amazon warehouse’s high-stakes union drive | Technology

Darryl Richardson was delighted when he landed a job as a “picker” at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. “I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to work for Amazon, work for the richest man around,” he said. “I thought it would be a nice facility that would treat you right.” century Continue Reading

Amazon need not Enter SA’s eCommerce Industry ‘Any Time Soon’, says Naspers CEO – Tempemail

Image sourced from CNBC Bob van Dijk, CEO of Naspers and Prosus believes that Amazon may not enter South Africa’s eCommerce sector “any time soon”. According to TechCentral, a key reason for this is “Naspers-controlled e-retailer Takealot.com is doing a really, really good job serving South African online consumers”. “We Continue Reading

New York sues Amazon over claims it failed to protect workers from pandemic | Amazon

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as Covid-19 infections surged nationwide. The suit from Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, landed just days after Amazon preemptively sued to block the suit over its coronavirus Continue Reading

Thousands of UK Amazon workers given false Covid test results | Coronavirus

Thousands of Amazon workers were given the wrong Coronavirus test results after a mistake meant they were given inaccurate information by test and trace. The Guardian understands that 3,853 staff members at the online retailer received an erroneous result. Officials said they had tested negatively but received notifications to say Continue Reading

Is big tech now just too big to stomach? | Business

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought economic disruption on a global scale, but one sector has marched on throughout the chaos: big tech. Further evidence of the industry’s relentless progress has come in recent weeks with the news that Apple and Amazon both raked in sales of $100bn (£72bn) over the Continue Reading

What will Amazon founder Jeff Bezos do next? | Technology

A quarter of a century after he founded Amazon in a Seattle garage, Jeff Bezos announced this week that he is preparing to loosen his grip on the $1.7tn (£1.2tn) company. The billionaire – who until he was recently overtaken by Tesla’s Elon Musk was the world’s richest person – Continue Reading