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Say What? Amazon Is Building An Actual, Physical Store

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Business

NEW YORK — Amazon is planning to open its first physical store. That's according to a report in The Wall Street Journal that said Thursday the la...

It's Time For Publishing Houses To Change the Game

Richard Nash | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada
Richard Nash

Publishers should dominate this service business; like Faber, they just need to start. Book production and retailing, whether by companies or individuals, is fully commoditized now also, so the key is to occupy the space held by, say, yoga instructors, dentists, psychotherapists, interior designers -- services for which you are as likely to pay more, to get a better job, than to pay less.

The Plastic-Eating Mushroom Of The Amazon And Ecuador's Development Dilemma

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

We've all felt like a mushroom at one point; kept in the dark and fed on s--t. But the humble fungus has taken on a noble role in the fight against th...

What I Learned This Week: Where the Opportunity Lies

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

True opportunity lies where there is no opportunity. It's the macro version of the stock market adage "Buy low, sell high," or golden age baseball star Willie Keeler's advice for success: "Hit 'em where they ain't."

Selfies Are Entertaining But They're Not Journalism

Jon Packer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

Like any craft, journalism, requires audience attention, appreciation and consideration -- akin to a handmade ceramic mug that can sit alongside a disposable paper cup, news can be authored by a Pulitzer prize wining journalist or a passerby at an event with a cell phone. Both have value but their objectives differ.

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.

'Netflix For Books' Arrives .. Just Not For Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Business

Online bookseller Amazon has launched a “Netflix for books” — an all-you-can-read service that allows you to download books for the price of a m...

Smart Shopping: How To Hunt For Discounts

Andrew Tai | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Style
Andrew Tai

Ever missed out on a deal so crazy-good that you couldn't stop thinking about it for days? If you're like the rest of us, then your answer is probably yes. Missing good deals is standard because good deals tend to happen all the time, while we are always somehow at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Luckily, there's a fixer for that and it's called taking control.

This Canadian City Has The Most Bookworms

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Alberta

When it comes to Canadian bookworms, Calgarians are leading the pack. Online bookstore and retailer Amazon.ca revealed its second-annual list of th...

Why Amazon Just Pulled J.K. Rowling's New Book

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business

NEW YORK, N.Y. - If you're hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you'll have to go somewh...

Bye Bye, Staples?

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Business

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Staples will close up to 225 stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of next year as it seeks to trim about $500 million in costs...

Would You Buy From a Kindle Vending Machine?

Mitch Joel | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

When last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rolled into Las Vegas, many were surprised and intrigued by Amazon's presence. They didn't have a typical booth on the trade show floor. Instead, they set up a Kindle vending machine inside the Las Vegas airport (near the ATM and soda pop).

An Amazon Adventure: Puerto Misahualli, Ecuador

Jayne Davidson | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jayne Davidson

There was a twisty stick in the middle of my lane. It was after sunset and I couldn't see well, but as I passed the stick I realised it was alive! Tom was riding behind me, and the stick, not happy with my passing so close, reared up and went for Tom's leg.

Amazon's Micro-Drones Are a Good Thing

Jon Packer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

The newly announced Amazon PrimeAir drone concept is essentially a mini-flying airplane that will deliver small purchases to your door in about half an hour. The commercialization of drones continues a micro-trend that is changing how we live and interact with the world around us for the better.

Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a Lion?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Her name's Melissa Bachman. She kills wild animals on American TV for a living. Sometimes with a rifle, sometimes with bow and arrow. Then she killed a full-maned male lion, and posted a picture of herself, cradling her rifle, laughing triumphantly, while the once-magnificent lion sprawled dead at her feet. And all hell broke loose.

Why Work at a Tech Startup? Luring Vancouver's Tech Talent to the real Opportunities.

Tanis Jorge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tanis Jorge

Startups often have to deal with one or all of three big issues: lack of capital, brand recognition and product penetration. While these are real threats and pose the biggest risk to success, startups often have advantages that cannot be found in large, established companies. Educating talent on these benefits helps them make an informed decision between the bright lights of the behemoth and the siren's call of the startup. So, what exactly are these benefits?

What I Learned This Week: How The Process Adds (Mega!) Value To The Product

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

The story and process behind a product is every bit as important as the product itself. The intangibility of what went into what you're buying gives it life, identity and value. Something purchased from Amazon isn't just "less expensive," but carries the entrepreneurial history of Jeff Bezos, the marvel of the company's state-of-the-art robotic selection and distribution system, and so on.

Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

Diane Francis | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?

Which Canadian City Reads The Most?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living

Turns out Canada's biggest bookworms reside in the West. According to a new survey from Amazon.ca, the most well-read cities in our country are in...

Baby, You Can Track My Online Activity

Mitch Joel | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Before you start lighting up those pitchforks and come after us marketers with a mix of mass hysteria and moral panic, take a look at your own online behavior and ask yourself, which scenario you prefer? Go to Amazon and start shopping (presuming you have been there before), and ask yourself, "what is the experience like?"

This Tax Cheat Is Over

Diane Francis | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Tax arbitrage, or moving operations and tax liabilities to low-cost jurisdictions, has been a game played by rich people and multinationals for years. But the game is ending finally. This will have implications in terms of government revenues to pay for social services but will also have a negative impact on the profits and share prices of giants such as Google, Amazon and virtually every multinational that's a household name.

What I Learned This Week: I'd Rather Be a Star Than a Leader

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Used as an adjective to describe a company's stature, the word "Leader" has degenerated into an ineffective cliché, one that is not only a weak, second-rate aspiration, but a hard-to-measure milestone that shines as bright as a plastic neon glowstick...and lasts about as long as one, too.

The Problem With Allowing Consumers to Opt Out

Mitch Joel | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

As a marketing professional, there is nothing I hate more than receiving any form of communication (email, Web experience, social media, mobile, whatever) and not see an obvious place where I can either opt out of the communication or protect how much information is being captured. As a consumer, I probably hate it more.

The Next Media Gamechanger

Diane Francis | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The biggest heist in history was when newspapers and magazines allowed Google to "crawl" their content to readers, to pay nothing and to sell ads around their stories. Google became, in other words, the ubiquitous newspaper right under the noses of proprietors who should have charged.

Awesome Amazon Feature Finally Arrives In Canada

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Amazon is bringing its unlimited, two-day shipping service to Canada.The world's largest online retailer says starting today, Amazon Prime w...