Why Amazon radically redesigned the Echo

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You may be ordering one for Black Friday. But why is it shaped like that? With Black Friday nearly upon us, you will no doubt see a slew of deals on a product that’s grown to be synonymous with Amazon itself: the Echo voice assistant speaker. Designed internally by Amazon’s secretive Lab126 hardware team, the first Echo launched in 2014 as a hard, black cylinder. Over the years, it’s spawned several iterations, including the smaller Echo Dot hockey pucks and screen-wielding Echo Shows, and each time, Amazon has expanded its base. In 2019, the company announced it had sold 100 million Echoes to date. Read Full Story

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Amazon Go expanding to larger Seattle store, licensing tech to retailers

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Competitors like AiFi and Grabango will likely get a boost from the surge of attention. Today Amazon opens a 10,400-square-foot cashier-free grocery store in Seattle. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company hopes the store “will serve as a showcase for its technology as it seeks to sell its system to other businesses,” particularly convenience stores, airport shops, and stadium stores. The technology would likely be offered as a service, either under a licensing or profit-sharing model. Currently, twenty-five smaller Amazon Go stores operate in the U.S. Read Full Story

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Amazon may turn dying department stores into its own fulfillment centers

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Mall owners are desperate to fill the dying spaces once dominated by Sears and J.C. Penney stores. Amazon may be about to have an expanded presence in the place you’d least expect it to: malls. Yet the online retail giant isn’t about to open stores in the archaic shopping institutions. Instead, it’s looking to turn some dying department store spaces into fulfillment centers, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal . Read Full Story

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How Square narrowly avoided getting crushed by Amazon

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In this excerpt from Jim McKelvey’s new book, “The Innovation Stack,” the Square cofounder describes how the company was able to fight off Amazon—which copied its iconic card reader and undercut its price. In the summer of 2014, Square was still a simple business: we gave away a cool little white square card reader, charged 2.75 percent for our service, and had a happy collection of small businesses using our product. We were still growing fast. We had no live customer service and barely any advertising budget. Read Full Story

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Atul Gawande: To fix our broken healthcare system, start with primary care

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The ex-CEO of Haven—Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan’s just-ended health venture—on what he’s learned as a surgeon, researcher, and entrepreneur. After three years, Haven, the much-anticipated health venture from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan, is shutting down. Little information came from the company itself on the decision to end the business, merely stating that its founding companies would collaborate further in the future. When it disbands at the end of February, its staff will be divvied up among its three founding partners. Read Full Story

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How this biotech company found its new production plant over Zoom

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A Swedish medical business was looking to expand operations in the U.S., but the pandemic hindered its site search. So they made it entirely virtual. It’s no secret that biotech is booming right now, and for our company, as a high-tech engineering firm that runs a robust medical business, all the pieces were in place to expand with a new location. Normally, we’d be jet-setting around the country, our itineraries packed from dawn to dusk with hard-hat tours and working lunches. Beyond the standard meetings with local officials, we’d want to get a true feel for each city on the list of contenders, take the temperature of things on the ground, and ask ourselves if we could see this being the next outpost of Sandvik Materials Technology’s medical business. Read Full Story

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Amazon stock clobbered as Jeff Bezos outlines COVID-19 impact, tells investors to ‘take a seat’

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Today, we got our first look into how online sales at Amazon.com have benefited from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences. Today, we got our first look into how the COVID-19 economy is impacting the world’s largest e-commerce platform, and I’ll spare you the dramatic windup: Yes, Amazon saw a huge increase in sales as brick-and-mortar competitors were forced to shut their doors and people became trapped in their houses with nowhere to go. Read Full Story

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The Biggest SEO Trend You’re Ignoring

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The screenshot above is my Google traffic over the last 12 months. As you can see, my traffic is growing. And there are many reasons for that, but there is one trend that’s really caused the majority of my SEO growth. You might be thinking it is Ubersuggest because it makes up 22.4% of my traffic now. But Ubersuggest has been integrated into NeilPatel.com for years, so that’s not it. Sure, that is responsible for some of my growth, but it’s not responsible for it skyrocketing like it has been. So, what do you think it is? Well, I’ll give you a hint… My traffic per region Let’s look at my SEO traffic in a few different regions. Here’s my traffic in the United States over the last 12 months: Now here’s my traffic in the United Kingdom: And here are the stats for Canada: And Australia: You can see …

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