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5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores? Amazon has been dabbling in physical retail since 2015, during which time it’s opened a half-dozen bookstores that double as gadget emporia, a score of campus bookstores that don’t sell books and a convenience …

Amazon leases 20 jets to build out logistics network

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking to the skies. The e-commerce powerhouse has finalized an agreement to lease 20 Boeing jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc. as it builds out its U.S. delivery capabilities. Amazon has been investing heavily in its shipping infrastructure, adding sorting centers, which sort …

Amazon holiday shipping, Christmas Eve deliveries set record

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating. Amazon Prime, the company’s $99-a-year loyalty program that includes unlimited free two-day shipping, gained 3 million new members in the third week of December alone. Meanwhile, the number …

Everyone loves same-day delivery, until they have to pay

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it? That’s the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like …

Record number of travelers strain Seattle Airport

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Four million passengers passed through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in June, breaking a monthly record set in 2014 but straining services and creating long lines at security checkpoints. Passenger traffic is up 13 percent so far this year, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said. The crowds could grow. …

Glance: Amazon’s 20 bets in 20 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amazon turns 20 on Thursday. Here’s a timeline of 20 investment bets Amazon made in the past 20 years: 1995: Amazon opens its virtual doors as an online bookseller. Late 1990s: Amazon invests in startups like Pets.com and kozmo.com that promised to change the way people …

Dispute Between Amazon and Hachette Takes an Orwellian Turn – NYTimes.com

Maybe Amazon really is rattled by the whole Authors United phenomenon organized by Douglas Preston. The writers are encouraging their readers to email Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, and tell him to stop holding books hostage as the company negotiates with Hachette Book Group. Late Friday, Amazon unveiled Readers United, and encouraged e-book buyers to email …