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D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

Going direct to consumer works well for complex product categories Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Ashwin Ramasamy is the cofounder of PipeCandy, which provides algorithm-generated insights and predictions about ecommerce and D2C companies. His company helps investors, banks, tech firms and governments understand the global ecommerce landscape. @Ashwinizer More posts by this contributor The different playbooks of […]

Echo Studio is Amazon’s lower-cost answer to the HomePod

Echo Studio is Amazon’s lower-cost answer to the HomePod

Amazon kickstarted the smart speaker market with the original Echo, way back in late-2014. Like many of the company’s hardware offerings, it was very much a utilitarian device. The first Echo was smart first and speaker a distant second. Echo has slowly gotten better in the sound department over time, but the arrival of Apple’s […]

Amazon is planning a $40M robotics hub near Boston

Amazon is planning a $40M robotics hub near Boston

Amazon announced a plan today to build a $40 million, 350,000 square foot robotics innovation hub in Westborough, MA. The new facility will bring 200 technology and advanced manufacturing jobs when it opens in 2021. The new facilities will include corporate offices, research and development labs and a robotics manufacturing space. The company said that […]

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India

Amazon has set its eye on the next business it wants to disrupt in its key overseas market India: online movie tickets. The e-commerce giant said Saturday it has partnered with local online movie ticketing giant BookMyShow to introduce booking option on Amazon India shopping site and app. The move comes months after the e-commerce […]

Max Q: International Astronautical Congress 2019 recap edition

Max Q: International Astronautical Congress 2019 recap edition

Our weekly round-up of what’s going on in space technology is back, and it’s a big one (and a day late) because last week was the annual International Astronautical Congress. I was on the ground in Washington, D.C. for this year’s event, and it’s fair to say that the top-of-mind topics were 1) Public-private partnerships […]

Amazon Echo Buds review

Amazon Echo Buds review

It’s a wonder that Echo Buds didn’t arrive sooner. Earbuds (I still can’t write “hearables” without cringing a bit) are the clearest path to making Alexa work outside of the home. Amazon, after all, has been unable to crack the smartphone category. Half a decade later, the Fire Phone is little more than a historical […]

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

Founder-investor Natalie Massenet on how new brands win

“Direct-to-consumer should not mean online only,” says the fashion entrepreneur. Connie Loizos @Cookie / 3 days Natalie Massenet, the fashion entrepreneur who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter, chaired the British Fashion Council for four years and today runs Imaginary Ventures, a venture firm that’s focused on consumer startups, took the stage a bit ago […]

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government announced the partnership this summer. But the date on the contract, which was published on the gov.uk contracts […]

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