Daly and Newton via Getty Images
Image Source via Getty Images
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.
When it comes to Canadian bookworms, Calgarians are leading the pack. Online bookstore and retailer Amazon.ca revealed its second-annual list of the most well-read cities in Canada, and Calgary has ju...
LIONEL BONAVENTURE via Getty Images
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 somewhere besides Amazon.com.An ongoing standoff between...
Amazon made more than a million new products available on its Canadian website on Tuesday as it moves even further away from its roots as an online bookseller. The Seattle-based retailer said it h...
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 annually by 2015.The nation's largest office-supp...
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).
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.
Twitter / MelissaBachman
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.
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.
Two of the country’s largest supermarket chains reported disappointing earnings Wednesday as evidence mounted that increased competition for Canadian consumers is beginning to take a bite out of profi...
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?
Watch out Canadian grocers, Amazon is stalking your turf. The U.S.-based retail giant on Thursday announced the launch of an online grocery store for Canadian shoppers, promising “more than 15,000 dry...
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.
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?
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 British Columbia and Alberta. After compiling a li...
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?"
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.
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.
TORONTO - About a year and a half after the first model was released in the U.S., Amazon is finally bringing its Kindle Fire tablet to Canada.The company announced Thursday that it had begun taking pr...
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 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.
It's been six years since Amazon launched its Kindle line of e-readers in the U.S., where it quickly came to dominate the market. For those Canadians who wanted a piece of the Amazon action, things ha...
TORONTO - Amazon is bringing its unlimited, two-day shipping service to Canada.The world's largest online retailer says starting today, Amazon Prime will be on offer to Canadian customers for an annua...
It’s the holiday season, that magical time of year when Canadians come together to ask: Why are we still paying more for everything than Americans? Amazon launched its Canadian Kindle store a few week...
What will Apple do next? What is the technology that will disrupt the iPhone and iPad business? If you have read Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography (and I strongly recommend that you do), there was a very telling (and compelling) line from Jobs: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will."
It used to be that you bought a product, took it home, and used it until it ran out or broke. If you needed to, you bought another. Today, we don't just buy things, we buy into them. Two big trends have been reshaping the consumer marketplace: something-as-a-service and the experience economy.
Once upon a time I wrote a book about being a journalist in the 21st century. I was leafing through its pages last evening, when I stopped at the chapter The Less Things Change... It's about my time, 50 years ago, working as reporter/anchor at a startup TV station in Zambia. The chapter starts by describing how we got our foreign news film back there in the 60s. Even after all these years, much is still the same.
Literary writing is a worthless profession. Few who write novels, stories and poems make a living from them. This has been true for millennia. Lately the Internet has regressed into a society of feudal manors lorded over by tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Yahoo, who sell e-books for 99 cents or give them away for free. Their "competitive pricing" is threatening traditional publishers and physical books with extinction.
Even though their prices have dropped, we still need commodities, products and services. And because these parts of the economy are so deeply entrenched, decades worth of innovation have focused on reducing cost - -this means automation. If it's cheaper to have systems or robots extract, refine, make, or deliver, it will be done -- no matter the industry.
Do you actively seek out different opinions than your own, or unwittingly reinforce your personal conventional wisdom by only consuming "agreeable" content? While we may think it is the former, too often we live in a bubble. Here are some reasons why we're not as open-minded or as free as we may think, and how the internet is really preventing us from experiencing new things.
This app problem is just one skirmish in a long-brewing war between the ebook distributors. Consumers may not realize that ebook distributors have another weapon -- a dirty little secret actually -- to use in their fight: censorship. Yes, censorship.
Recently, a very senior marketing professional who works at one of the world's largest corporations was recounting a story of how they saw a postal truck outside of their corporate head offices in Silicon Valley, and every single parcel that was being offloaded from this truck was from Amazon. He thought to himself: "This is the what retail looks like in 2012."