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Report: Amazon Lockers arriving at Staples stores

Amazon.com has struck a deal to put its new locker system — which allows customers to order products online and pick them up at physical locations — in Staples stores, according to a report today by Reuters. Staples is the largest office supply retailer in the world, with more than $25 billion in annual sales and… Read More

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Best Buy looks to retain customers, plans to match Amazon on price

Wal-Mart earlier this week threw down the gauntlet on Amazon.com, announcing that it plans to offer same-day delivery in some markets this holiday season. Now, it’s Best Buy’s turn. The electronics retailer is planning to match the prices of Amazon.com this holiday season, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that the strategy is an… Read More

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Video: Microsoft Store pulls plug on table-stomping rapper

There’s no word on exactly how much damage the rapper Machine Gun Kelly caused during this appearance last week at the Microsoft Store in Atlanta, but clearly this wasn’t what the company was expecting in the way of a performance. After delivering a few profanities, the rapper jumped from table to table, stomping around (and possibly on)… Read More

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The end of Endless: Amazon pulls plug on fashion site

Amazon.com is shutting down Endless.com, the five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The site will be turned off on September 27th, with the service integrated directly with Amazon.com/Fashion. Amazon has been making some big bets in the high-end fashion market, and we’ve talked about the growing rivalry between the… Read More

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Amazon prepares fall launch of AfterSchool.com, a new site for sports and outdoor gear for kids

Amazon.com’s Quidsi unit is gearing up to launch a new sports and activities site called AfterSchool.com, designed to outfit kids with the sports, dance and art supplies. “AfterSchool.com … is a completely new way to shop for kids’ favorite sports & activities,” according to a message Amazon.com sent to manufacturing partners. “Whether they are into… Read More

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Katniss vs. Harry: Hunger Games outsells Harry Potter on Amazon

It’s happened. Something has outsold the Harry Potter series on Amazon. And that something is Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Heck, even Bill Gates liked it. Amazon announced today that the three-book Hunger Games series following hero Katniss Everdeen’s adventures of survival and derring-do have outsold the seven-book Potter series that followed those lovable wizards… Read More

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Why Amazon.com gave up the sales tax fight: A new face for the ‘online’ retailer?

An interesting thing started happening last year. Amazon.com, which for months had battled states over the collection of sales tax, began changing its tune on the issue. It started agreeing to collect sales taxes on purchases in some states where it didn’t operate physical locations, while simultaneously inking deals to bring massive warehouses (and jobs)… Read More

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QThru lands $3.5M to help you sail through the supermarket

Supermarkets are increasingly adopting self checkout terminals. But Seattle entrepreneur Aaron Roberts, a former engineer at RIM and Attachmate, believes he’s come up with a better way for people to do their shopping at the local grocery story. It’s called QThru, and the young upstart just raised $3.5 million from undisclosed angel investors to start rolling out… Read More

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Meet the college dropout (and speed freak) running tech for Seattle’s hottest startup

Don’t let the laid-back Pacific Northwest demeanor fool you. Luke Friang is a self-described “speed freak.” Whether bombing down icy slopes on his snowboard or maneuvering through hairpin turns in a mini-racecar, Friang simply loves to move fast. And that’s why the 42-year-old college drop-out and self-taught technologist has found such a good home at… Read More

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Amazon tops e-retail satisfaction survey with highest score ever

Amazon.com has few physical touch points with its customers, operating somewhat mysteriously from its headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. No stores. No customer support line. But that lack of interaction doesn’t seem to be holding the company back. In fact, customers love the company more than ever, according to ForeSee’s Top 100 E-Retail… Read More

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Report: Target to dump Kindle

This could get very interesting, especially in light of the new alliance between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. The Verge reports today — citing an unnamed source and an internal Target memo — that the giant retailer will stop selling the Kindle due to “conflict of interest.” There certainly seems to be some legs to this… Read More

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Decide.com unveils daily deal site, promises cash if prices later fall on gadgets

Prior to his appearance on the GeekWire podcast a few weeks ago, Decide.com CEO Mike Fridgen hinted that the Seattle online shopping service was cooking up something new and exciting. At the time, Fridgen didn’t disclose what they were doing. But we’re now starting to get an inside look. The company, which launched a consumer electronics research site… Read More

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Nordstrom bets on Bonobos, leads $16.4M investment in online fashion retailer

Earlier this year, Nordstrom announced that it planned to spend $150 million on boosting its e-commerce infrastructure, part of a larger effort by the Seattle retailer to capture shoppers as they increasingly move online. Today, Nordstrom is adding to its arsenal, announcing that it is leading a $16.4 million investment in five-year-old men’s online fashion… Read More

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Here’s what one record store clerk thinks of Amazon’s plans to trade gift cards for old CDs

If you’re like me, you’ve got dozens, possibly hundreds of old CDs lying around the house, just collecting dust. Now, Amazon.com is adding those good-old REM, U2 and Curtis Mayfield CDs into its trade-in program where customers can send their CDs to the company and receive an Amazon.com gift card in return. “Through customer feedback… Read More