The Amazon Economy

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has changed the way that global consumers go shopping.

Business and state are best kept apart

Adventurism can be excellent in a start-up but is a menace in a democratic republic

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Explore how variations in key assumptions can change Amazon’s potential market value and share price
Warehouse to powerhouse
The Awesomes

Online originals face fight for advertising

Programming is proliferating but needs to secure viewers

John and Patrick Collison in their San Francisco apartment

Two’s company

The Irish brothers who moved to the US and founded Stripe, an online payments start-up valued at $1.75bn

Amazon faces fresh wave of German strikes

Pay talks with second-largest union break down

Tech insiders dumped shares ahead of slide

Opportunistic sales by founders as lock-up periods expire

Amazon Fire Tv

Controls for the mobile gamer

New gadgets aim to create a market of game-controller accessories depot in Erith, South East London. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
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Shedding light on dark stores

Dotcom warehouses have created armies of ‘pickers’ but their bosses insist they are not robots

Jonas Aurell and Bronte Blomhoj-Aurell, founders of the Scandinavian Kitchen, London. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
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A pickle for expat food shops

Stores are reinventing themselves to counter competition

Microsoft cloud gets EU privacy approval

Pressure on providers such as Amazon, Verizon and Salesforce

Week in Review

Week in Review, April 5

Bill Gross talks to his cats; also news from Credit Suisse, Shell and Amazon TV


Amazon breathes new Fire into TV gaming

Ecommerce group is playing for bigger stakes than just games

Amazon joins screen battle with Fire TV

Small set-top box device to compete with Apple

Kunal Bahl, Chief Executive Officer and founder of, poses for a portrait in his office in Okhla, New Delhi, India on 26 March 2014. Photo by Suzanne Lee for The Financial Times
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Passport to an Indian success

When Kunal Bahl was refused a US visa he set up back home

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Rewriting the gloomy headlines

Investment from the likes of Jeff Bezos is changing US journalism

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Technology: All eyes on the future

Apple, Facebook and Google aim to create and control the next crucial technological platform

Amazon wins Pentagon cloud clearance

Online retailer makes pitch to government clients

Nasdaq rethinks Amazon cloud partnership

Exchange could sell, close or change deal with online retailer

Start-ups box clever with home furniture

Wayfair, One Kings Lane and 1stdibs tap ecommerce growth

Stanley Gibbons aims to lick online rivals

Stamp-selling institution wants to be the Amazon of collectables

Amazon raises Prime price to offset costs

$99 charge in the US risks driving away some customers

Groupon: deal or no deal

Deals group now worth same as rejected $6bn bid


Amazon finds less passionate name for Lovefilm

Rebrand aimed at sidestepping competition from Netflix

Lush v Amazon: a foe can unite teams

By setting out to right a wrong, companies can rally staff and customers

Luxembourg faces loss on ecommerce VAT

New EU rules to kick in next year

VAT shake-up to hit e-commerce industry

Competitive edge of operating offshore will be reduced

Social media in the office

Five apps for unfocused minds

I don’t want to go cold turkey on cyberloafing. I just want to learn moderation

AO turns to digital veteran McBride

From Amazon to Asos, McBride has wealth of experience

Amazon: ready to deliver profits?

Newfound capital efficiency suggests it cares more about the bottom line than has seemed the case

Amazon reviewing its Prime numbers

Group faces same problems as retailers over low-cost shipping

The risks of knowing customers too well

Amazon’s venture into ‘anticipatory shipping’ is pushing the concept of service too far

Russia customs rules hit online retailers

DHL and FedEx suspend foreign express deliveries to the country

Ebay / PayPal: payment denied

Icahn’s proposal to split smacks of opportunism

Netflix: calling the tune

As with the radio site Pandora, competition will slow, rather than destroy, the film and TV service

IBM must keep head above the clouds

Chief Rometty faces her own moment of reinvention

Argentina restricts internet shopping

Measure tries to promote national production over foreign goods

Tax changes against tech groups ‘not viable’

UK crackdown on digital companies to be dropped

IBM plans rapid cloud expansion

Data centres aim to stop internet groups cornering market

Acer outlines software and service plan

New chief says PC maker needs to ‘dig ourselves out of a hole’

Church-owned publisher falls short online

Weltbild insolvency puts more than 6,000 jobs at risk

The collapse of corporate hierarchies

Online shoe retailer Zappos’ plan highlights pros and cons of a manager-less system