The Amazon Economy

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

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Boardrooms conspire against the public

A gulf has opened up between owners and other stakeholders, writes Philip Augar

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

Amazon shines in turbulent week for tech

Prime membership programme is main driver of sales growth and is present in quarter of US households

Amazon: bouncy castle

There are some rock solid results behind the flighty stock


Amazon delivers unexpected $513m profit

Shares surge 12 per cent as quarterly sales grow to $29bn

Amazon earnings: three things to watch

Strong first quarter expected on back of Amazon Web Services

Amazon’s Alexa – Tap and Dot

Voice recognition devices offer hands-free magic

Tenku, a dedicated drone developed specifically for Sora Raku by Rakuten and Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL)

Rakuten tees up golf course drone

Japanese group tests potential with drink and snack deliveries

Microsoft clicks into industrial internet

Convergence of IT and manufacturing sees rush of venture capital as companies vie to get in early

Europe must address its tech shortcomings

It should ask why its biggest names are worth a fraction of those in the US, writes Michael Moritz

Amazon and Netflix in streaming battle

Ecommerce group fires shot across the bow of rival with standalone video offer in the US

China’s ‘Bants’ set to rival US’s ‘Fangs’

Fund managers quadruple holdings of Chinese internet quartet

Netflix sets sights on 100m subscribers

Shares fall after warning that aggressive expansion will slow

Amazon rolls out standalone video service

Prime streaming service part of effort to become bigger player

US air commander warns on space ‘bubble’

Rush of new operators into commercial space launches

Infosys positive after beating forecasts

Shift to cloud forces Indian IT group to overhaul business model

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Business: How to topple bureaucracy

It can be a short step from innovative start-up to a company overburdened by red tape

Dell computer cyber security

Dell-SecureWorks: hacked back

Cyber security group’s valuation is modest and with reason

Bezos lays out vision of space boom

Amazon chief sees thousands of entrepreneurs behind cheap travel

Aerojet races Bezos to win rocket contract

Decision on engine provider for US space launches due this year

SpaceX rocket lands on drone ship

Successful landing a boost in effort to make reusable rockets

Morrison’s chief adds to his stake

Buy-up follows supply deal with Amazon

Left: Ivanka Trump speaks with Executive editor of Cosmopolitan Leslie Yazel on stage during Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Life 2015; Right: Ivanka Trump scarf recalled by the CPSC
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Ivanka Trump China-made scarves recalled

Consumer Product Safety Commission says clothes posed ‘burn risk’

Walmart – trouble in store

Dollar shops, Aldi and Amazon eat into sales, so the retailer is slashing prices and innovating

Twitter/NFL: 4th & goal

What happens when a social network pays for content?

Living wage: Seattle is special test case

As UK brings in higher wages, Seattle experiment still untested

India allows ecommerce FDI — with caveats

Companies must follow marketplace model and cannot set prices

Feedback: tech tracking employees at work

Readers respond to Michael Skapinker on a new workplace divide

Amazon Web Services' Andy Jassy
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Person of the Year: Andy Jassy

Lack of technical background proves no hindrance to leading Amazon Web Services to become world’s biggest technology infrastructure provider

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Technology is making collaboration easier than ever

Individuals working together achieve extraordinary things, writes the FT’s management editor

Apple signs up to Google Cloud services

Latest high-profile win for Google in race for market dominance

Modern work’s sharp divide

Some trust their workers, others track every move

A pedestrian passes an Argos Extra store, part of Home Retail Group Plc, in Woking, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. J Sainsbury Plc is considering making an offer for Home Retail in a deal that would combine two of the U.K.'s largest retailers and add everything from sofas to suitcases to Sainsbury's line-up. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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A gunfighting grocer’s dilemma

Time may be on Sainsbury’s side in its stand-off with Steinhoff over bid for owner of Argos

The addictive powers of Amazon

Tech groups like the etailer aim to be a hub for various offerings. They should tread carefully

Amazon hub creates 1,000 Manchester jobs

Vast warehouse a response to continuing growth of online shopping

Amazon leases jets for air cargo programme

Deal has potential to disrupt FedEx and UPS hold in $400bn market

Apple loses ebook conspiracy case

US Supreme Court rejects tech group’s push for an appeal

Amazon pushes Prime to extend its reach

Subscription service now a key pillar of the company’s business

Amazon bets on voice as next platform

Tech group expands its artificial intelligence service Alexa

Starship Technologies test drives its delivery robot
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Robot march to deliver parcels is far from being pie in the sky

Are ground machines more practical than flying drones?

Amazon’s Morrisons deal is just the start

Supermarkets will become marketing platforms for wholesalers