One of the most important benefits of Amazon Prime has long been the free two-day shipping on almost everything. But that time may come to an end – Amazon talks about going for free delivery for one day. Oh yeah.
In a conversation with investors yesterday, Amazon's CFO Brian Olsavsky said the company is working to set Prime Shipping standard one day. He said they "worked on developing the Prime Shipping program" with one day's delivery and said they will "build the bulk of this capacity through the year 2019".
The word on the street is that Amazon will spend up to $ 800 million for the necessary infrastructure changes for the change to take place. They will also expand partnerships with USPS, UPS and FedEx – along with their own delivery service, of course – to make a daydream a reality.
Although this is probably unlikely, we see a day's delivery here All articles before the end of 2019 already make Amazon to get this shindig started earlier. For example, the minimum requirement of $ 35 for the current delivery option for a day fell and extended authorized postcode only last month. So the plan is already running.
This is a smart move from Amazon, as many competing retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target, now offer free two-day shipping on most items. This makes buying from Amazon less compelling for users, especially when considering the fact that you do not have to charge $ 120 per year to the other guys to take advantage of the two-day option. Moving to a day's shipping will once again provide the Amazon distribution advantage.
However, the big question is one that has not yet been addressed: will this raise Prime Membership costs? If I were a gambling man I would put a healthy sum on "yes, probably" – if an increase does not happen immediately, it will inevitably happen.
In other news, smartphones do not upgrade so often, Disney looks like taking control of Hulu, Walmart opened the "store in the future" and more. Let's talk about it.
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In some fun news, Google has a new Avengers: Endgame-themed Easter egg. Go to Google, search for "Thanos" and then click on the glove on the right side. It's not a night stay in a giant potato, but it's still pretty cool. Enjoy the