RIP, AmazonSmile

Amazon is sunsetting its AmazonSmile program, which allows shoppers to donate a percentage of purchases to their charity of choice, by Feb. 20. The news...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 19, 2023

Amazon set for largest layoffs in company history

Yesterday, we had planned on using this space to write about Amazon’s massive, under-the-radar advertising business. As the day progressed — plans changed. Early yesterday …
Jacob Cohen • November 15, 2022

Digits: FT-Ex, Prime Air, and more

1) FT… Ex. The Miami Heat are ending their 19-year, $135m arena naming rights deal with bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, which also had lucrative...
Jacob Cohen • November 14, 2022

Amazon aggregators are losing steam

Ecommerce sales blew up in 2020. Unsurprisingly, Amazon benefitted from the trend. With increased shopping on the platform, a popular new startup sector emerged: Amazon...
Rob Litterst • September 27, 2022

Bezos’ $715m gamble on The Lord of the Rings

As a teen, a summer after working as a McDonald’s fry cook, Jeff Bezos organized an educational camp. Part of the program required reading, and...
Jacob Cohen • September 1, 2022

The good and bad of Amazon’s health care efforts

Between expensive prescriptions, phone tag with providers, and long waits at doctors’ offices, the health care industry isn’t exactly known for convenience. Enter Amazon —...
Rob Litterst • August 22, 2022

A timeline of Amazon’s home robot takeover

In 1999, Disney Channel released Smart House, a movie about a family whose house is controlled by a virtual assistant named PAT. It appears Amazon...
Rob Litterst • August 9, 2022

Amazon’s ad biz is growing faster than its rivals

If you’ve ever shopped for literally anything on Amazon, it’s no surprise that it has a robust digital ad business catering to brands that...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 5, 2022

Amazon vs. Facebook review groups

Are you tired of obviously fake Amazon reviews touting the incredible, life-changing qualities of an ice cube tray? Well, Amazon is, too. Amazon is suing...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 20, 2022

Amazon is rolling out the delivery drones

In 2015, Amazon released a clip showing how it planned to deliver packages via drone. Seven years later, drone delivery still feels like pie-in-the-sky. But...
Rob Litterst • July 19, 2022

Amazon’s unique hiring problem, explained

Over the years, Amazon’s obsession with customers has helped it scale its world-class delivery services. (Who wouldn’t want their groceries dropped off in 13...
Rob Litterst • June 21, 2022

Amazon workers vote to unionize in closely watched case

In one of the most significant labor victories in a generation, Amazon employees at an 8k-worker warehouse near New York City voted late last...
Jennifer Wang • April 4, 2022

Why Amazon bought MGM for $8.5B

Amazon’s Hollywood ambitions are nothing new. The company launched the streaming service that would become Prime Video in 2006, and started its own film and...
Rob Litterst • March 21, 2022

We tried Amazon Luna and it’s not bad

Cloud gaming has been a hit (Microsoft’s Game Pass) or miss (Google’s Stadia). So when Amazon took its gaming platform out of early access for...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 4, 2022

Amazon’s plan to dominate the grocery business, explained

The grocery business operates on razor-thin margins. While this has scared off many entrepreneurs, it attracted a certain tech behemoth that just so happens to...
Rob Litterst • February 15, 2022
Amazon Style

Amazon to launch its 1st physical fashion store. It’s called Amazon Style

A photo of Jeff Bezos went viral earlier this month. In it, the Amazon founder is celebrating New Year’s Eve while wearing a disco-print silk...
Trung T. Phan • January 21, 2022

Amazon settles a major labor complaint. Workers may now be able to unionize

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. One of the original names he picked for the company was — this is not a joke — “relentless.” While...
Trung T. Phan • December 26, 2021

By the numbers: Hotline bling, potty mouths, and more.

1) In July, the federal government is switching National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from a 10-digit number to a 3-digit one, 988. Calls are expected...
Jacob Cohen • December 26, 2021

Amazon’s warehouse tragedy puts its safety procedures under the microscope

Photo by TIM VIZER/AFP via Getty Images Amazon has faced scrutiny for its warehouse practices before, but recent events have taken it to another level. Last...
Rob Litterst • December 15, 2021

Amazon is proving there are pros and cons to being its own best customer

Amazon loves creating products, then being its own first and best customer. This holiday season is proving that strategy can be a gift and...
Rob Litterst • December 10, 2021

Retailers are telling customers to keep items instead of returning them. Here’s why

Free returns are great, but know what’s even better? Free stuff. Retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart have left customers pleasantly surprised by letting them...
Rob Litterst • December 2, 2021

Amazon’s about to beat the delivery giants at their own game

Source: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Back in the olden days, believe it or not, Amazon used outside carriers to deliver its packages. But after a holiday mishap...
Jacob Cohen • November 30, 2021

By the numbers: New York sand, slow chargers, and irritating $300m chipmunks

Source: Kena Betancur / Getty Images 1) You probably don’t think of New York as a sandy place. But over the last decade, the state...
Jacob Cohen • November 8, 2021

Amazon-backed Rivian is going public

When it comes to the Bezos vs. Musk billionaire beef, space is the main event — pitting Blue Origin against SpaceX. Back on earth, there’s...
Trung T. Phan • October 5, 2021

Amazon’s $30B+ ad business, explained

Photo: Getty Images Have you noticed more and more “sponsored content” on Amazon? It’s not your imagination: the company’s advertising business is huge — and …
Trung T. Phan • September 23, 2021

Jeff Bezos just got something money can’t buy: His own management philosophy

Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Business students have been trying to get into Jeff Bezos’ head for years. On Amazon — the platform he...
Rob Litterst • September 15, 2021

Why Amazon says weed could solve its driver shortage.

Amazon says its number of driver applicants who fail drug tests for marijuana use is too high. When screening for marijuana, the company’s driver applicant...
Jacob Cohen • September 8, 2021

Digits: Amazon in the sky, billions of parking spots, and $135m jewels

But can it do same-hour delivery? (Source: Amazon) 1) More than 70% of the US population now lives within 100 miles of an Amazon Air...
Jacob Cohen • September 7, 2021

Jeff Bezos vs. NASA, explained

Why is the richest man on Earth suing the agency tasked with exploring everywhere else? In short, NASA chose a different billionaire’s space proposal. Let’s break...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 19, 2021

Digits: Brazilian butt lifts, $10 palm prints, South Park, and more

We have 14 new South Park movies headed are way (Source: Comedy Central) 1) The number of Brazilian butt lifts performed globally has increased 77.6%...
Jacob Cohen • August 9, 2021

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