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FedEx Ends Its Amazon Deal

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Not being an Amazon partner may make FedEx more attractive to major retailers such as Walmart and Target, which are looking to match Amazon when it comes to shipping speed. In this segment of Industry Focus: Energy, host Nick Sciple and Motley Fool contributor Dan Kline talk Amazon and FedEx. It was always like, "Yeah, we'll work together, but we'll use the Post Office or UPS first." And for FedEx, this is one of those, if you're not going to have a major chunk of your business come from Amazon, you're better off going to Walmart and Target and all the other big retailers out there and saying, "Look, we don't deal with Amazon. Ravi Shanker from Morgan Stanley said, "We believe FedEx's strategic break up with Amazon is a watershed moment for the parcel industry that signals Amazon's emergence as a significant player in the industry and brings a new level of risk to numbers at both UPS and FedEx."

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 date announced: 48-hour blowout sale to kick off July 15

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By Élyse Betters-Picaro | June 25, 2019 -- 05:01 GMT (06:01 BST) | Topic: Amazon. Amazon has announced when Prime Day 2019 will be held, although we already sort of knew the date thanks to a leak last month. But, now, things are official -- with the online retailer confirming its annual shopping event will kick off July 15 after midnight PT and last until July 16. Like last year, you can expect 48 hours worth of deals on not only Amazon's own devices, such as the Amazon Echo, but also products across a range of categories, including business tech goodies. If you've been waiting to buy a microSD card or even a premium Windows 10 laptop on sale, we suspect this will be one of your best chances to do so until Black Friday. Also: Amazon Prime vs Amazon Business: Everything you need to know. For more tips and tricks on how to master Amazon Prime Day 2019, like how to do quick price comparisons, clip Amazon coupons, or receive notification when a deal you're watching goes live, check out our full guide here.

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Shopify Wants to Give Merchants an Alternative to Fulfillment by Amazon

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Shopify Wants to Give Merchants an Alternative to Fulfillment by Amazon. The company aims to use the network to help merchants cut down on their fulfillment expenses and generate a new stream of revenue through its Merchant Solutions business. But $1 billion might seem like chump change compared with Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) investments in its fulfillment network. The company's Fulfillment by Amazon service has become a dominant force in order fulfillment for small merchants like those using Shopify's platform. Shopify's Fulfillment Network will look to change that. And Amazon's relatively high pricing gives it room to undercut the incumbent despite not having nearly the same scale. If any company can compete with Amazon, however, it's Shopify.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook Warrant Antitrust Scrutiny for Many Reasons – Not Just Because They’re Large

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Amazon, Google and Facebook Warrant Antitrust Scrutiny for Many Reasons – Not Just Because They’re Large. There's a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Google(NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL), Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up. Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action. But, when it comes to whether Silicon Valley giants are abusing their market power, size is only part of the problem. Consumers don't have to pay a dime to chat with friends on Facebook, search for the best route using Google Maps, exchange emails, comb the internet for facts and figures or engage in countless other activities. So an antitrust policy that focuses on consumer price doesn't see a problem. But the data about what consumers do, where they go, who they know and what they buy has great value to companies like Google and Facebook. And we're required to give up that data in exchange for "free" use of their products. What's more, this data gives these companies an extraordinary market advantage.

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Frontline Education Announces General Release of Voice-Activated, On-Demand Access to Critical K-12 Insights on Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices

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Frontline Education is the leading provider of school administration software, delivering award-winning solutions for human capital management, business operations and special education to thousands of K-12 organizations, representing over 80,000 schools and millions of educators. "We're looking forward to helping make actionable insights widely available to school leaders, administrators and educators in the new school year," said Kevin Haugh, Chief Product Officer for Frontline Education. "K-12 school systems nationwide need fast access to their data in order to operate efficiently and effectively on a daily basis. Voice-activated district flash reports provide instant access to educators and district leaders who enable the skill and link their Frontline account." More than 40 participating districts now have easy access to their AWS-hosted data, through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. For administrators, Amazon Alexa provides real-time updates on key performance indicators including daily absence and fill rate reports, observation and evaluation statuses, urgent form status and more.

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Beauty retailers fall after Amazon opens store for professionals

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(Reuters) - Shares of a number of specialized beauty retailers fell on Monday after Amazon.com Inc said it had started selling beauty products used by licensed stylists, barbers and beauticians. They are the just the latest to suffer from Wall Street's concern about moves by the world's largest retailer into a series of niche or more regulated markets. Last year, U.S. pharmacy chains and drug wholesalers such as CVS, Walgreen and McKesson Corp lost billions in market value when Amazon took its first step into online pharmacy by buying https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pillpack-m-a-amazon-com/amazon-to-buy-pillpack-in-potentially-disruptive-drug-retail-push-idUSKBN1JO1RU small existing player PillPack. Amazon said stylists would need to upload their state-issued licenses and create a business account to buy products from the new store, which the company said would stock brands including Wella Professionals and OPI Professional.

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Amazon's new beauty store for professionals poses threat to beauty retailers

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Amazon's new beauty store for professionals poses threat to beauty retailers. (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Monday unveiled its online professional beauty store to sell supplies to licensed professional stylists, barbers and estheticians, weighing on shares of other beauty retailers. It would sell a wide range of brands from Wella Color Charm and RUSK to OPI Professional, and other supplies typically found in salons and spas, Amazon said in a blog post https://www.amazonbusinessblog.com/managing-purchasing/professional-beauty-products-now-available. Stylists can now find almost everything they need to run their business in a single store at low prices, with fast, free shipping in one to two days on eligible orders with Business Prime, Amazon said.

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Amazon Resolves External Connection Issues With AWS

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) confirmed there were connectivity issues due to AWS that have now been resolved, according to Reuters. In an update posted by Bleepingcomputer.com, Amazon's outage caused load time issues on Amazon.com and browsers experienced trouble connecting. Amazon stated it's an "External provider connectivity" issue and posted the following:. “We have confirmed an issue with an external provider outside of our network, which is impacting Internet connectivity between some customer networks and multiple AWS Regions.

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Ulta Beauty, Sally Beauty shares fall after Amazon unveils beauty store for professionals

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Shares of Ulta Beauty and Sally Beauty dropped on Monday after Amazon launched its own beauty store for licensed professionals. E-commerce giant Amazon announced Monday it opened the Amazon Professional Beauty Store to offer professional stylists, barbers, and estheticians beauty supplies typically found in salons and spas. Shares of Ulta fell 3.6% and Sally Beauty's stock is down 6.7% following the news. "We are pleased to offer those in the professional beauty industry even more selection through the convenient shopping experience our customers love on Amazon Business," Steve Kann, director of customer driven experience at Amazon Business, said in a blog post.

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Amazon Never Stood a Chance Against Grubhub and Uber

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Amazon.com(NASDAQ: AMZN) doesn't fail often, but today is the end of the serving line for its Amazon Restaurants platform. The leading online retailer's half-hearted attempt to compete against Grubhub(NYSE: GRUB), DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Technologies' (NYSE: UBER) Uber Eats, and other hungry upstarts will officially stop taking orders this afternoon. Amazon Restaurants wasn't shaping up to be a major contender in this niche, but that doesn't mean investors in the other restaurant-delivery apps aren't happy to see Amazon stage a retreat. Uber Eats is an important part of the leading ride-sharing provider, but it generates a lot more dough driving people around than it does driving baked dough to rumbling bellies.

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