Oct. 7, 2014, 3:10 AM
- The European Commission is poised to launch a formal probe into Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) receipt of improper Luxembourg state aid.
- Investigators believe the country gave Amazon favorable terms in a 2003 tax ruling, which caps its tax exposure to the Grand Duchy and helps limit its overall bill to less than 1% of the retailer’s European income.
- Amazon reduces its tax bill by having its U.S. unit that owns its technology licenses lease the rights to re-license the technology to a tax-exempt partnership based in Luxembourg.
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Oct. 2, 2014, 9:28 AM
- A survey of consumers by RBC Capital Markets indicates viewership of network TV websites has fallen.
- YouTube, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) scored a higher percentage of viewers from a year ago - while NBC (NASDAQ:CMCSA), ABC (NYSE:DIS), CBS (NYSE:CBS), and Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) were all in decline over the period.
- HBO Go (NYSE:TWX) saw its percentage of users rise to 10% from 6%, while Hulu fell back.
- Secular TV ratings have also been in decline for networks.
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Sep. 30, 2014, 9:19 AM
- The FCC is considering new regulations for companies looking to offer an over-the-top online video service, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- Rules governing OTT services could make it harder for content providers and distributors to carve out smaller deals for programming.
- Traditional streamers such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) that offer their content on-demand should be outside the regulatory purview of the FCC on the OTT startups.
- Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH), Sony (NYSE:SNE), and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) are the furthest along in the race for a trimmed-down online video package aimed largely at cord-cutters and cord-nevers.
Sep. 26, 2014, 4:31 PM
- Re/code reports the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service will soon launch in NYC, perhaps "as early as next month." Amazon (AMZN +0.4%) is said to be "building up food inventory" at an NJ warehouse 20-25 miles from Manhattan.
- A Philadelphia launch is also reportedly being considered for the $299/year service, which bundles Amazon Prime and also provides same or next-day delivery for many non-grocery items.
- AmazonFresh is currently available in the Bay Area, L.A., San Diego, and Seattle. NYC is one of more than a dozen markets in which Amazon provides non-grocery same-day service.
- In NYC, competition will be provided by FreshDirect, which is reportedly doing $400M-$500M/year in sales. Google's Shopping Express service (relies on retail partners) competes elsewhere.
- Previous: Deutsche on AmazonFresh's challenge to supermarkets
Sep. 25, 2014, 8:01 AM| 4 Comments
Sep. 24, 2014, 3:16 PM
- The USPS wants to add more cities to its pilot grocery delivery program.
- The agency starting delivering items for Amazon Fresh (NASDAQ:AMZN) in San Francisco last month.
- A grocery delivery service is on the drawing board at a number of companies and Internet upstarts, with many seeing more upside for delivering B2B instead of direct to households.
Sep. 24, 2014, 8:13 AM
- Retail sales could increase by 4.5% to $986B this holiday season on an improved macroeconomic backdrop, forecasts Deloitte Touche.
- The mark would easily top last year's 2.8% rise.
- Online sales are tipped to rise by 14%.
- Promotional activity across broad retail has been dialed back a touch during the back-to-school season, but is still a risk to margins heading into the crucial shopping period.
- What to watch: This holiday season could be an operational pressure cooker for UPS (NYSE:UPS) and FedEx (NYSE:FDX) with demand expected to be high.
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Sep. 22, 2014, 7:08 AM
- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) workers at five logistical centers in Germany are on strike over a wage dispute.
- The union group says it won't accept the right of Amazon to "arbitrarily" dictate salary levels, instead of using an established broad German retail wage structure.
- The job walk-off is larger than one the company faced in Germany last year.
Sep. 18, 2014, 2:25 AM
- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has introduced a handful of new devices and upgraded models, further expanding its Kindle lineup.
- At the forefront is the new $199 Kindle Voyage, the company's thinnest e-reader ever made. Amazon also gave a face-lift to its basic Kindle e-reader, which will now be equipped with a touch screen.
- Other devices include a $99 Fire HD tablet, as well as a editions that have been designed for kids. Amazon's 7 and 8.9 inch Fire tablets were also upgraded.
Sep. 17, 2014, 5:32 PM
- The joint venture between Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed (NYSE:LMT) that has a virtual monopoly on U.S. military- and spy-satellite launches is teaming with Jeff Bezos-led (NASDAQ:AMZN) startup Blue Origin to develop a new rocket engine intended to eventually replace a Russian-built engine that now powers Atlas V rockets.
- The companies say they expect testing to begin in two years, with a first flight slated for 2019; cost estimates for the new engine are not disclosed, but a typical engine development program can take at least several years and cost in excess of $2B.
- The deal comes as lawmakers and Pentagon officials have increased criticism of launch costs at the Boeing-Lockheed JV, which can top $400M for the most-capable versions of the Delta IV, the other rocket used by the venture; the JV also is confronting a major challenge from closely-held SpaceX, which is poised to become eligible for an array of Pentagon launches.
Sep. 15, 2014, 5:38 PM
Sep. 15, 2014, 4:01 PM
- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Bob Peck thinks RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) makes for an "interesting opportunity" for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).
- Though the strategic option has been bandied around for a while, RadioShack's slide toward bankruptcy opens up more possibilities for the Seattle e-commerce giant.
- A RadioShack reorganization would allow Amazon to cherry-pick which of the 4K stores it would want and give it local distribution access points to help it with same-day delivery initiatives.
Sep. 15, 2014, 7:02 AM
- Tax authorities in the Indian state of Karnataka have ordered some merchants to stop storing Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) products at warehouses due to a dispute over taxes.
- The company is currently negotiating with the Karnataka government amid its warning that it will close some operations in India if an agreement can't be struck.
- E-commerce in India is expected to explode over the next few years, moving from $2.3B in sales last year to $32B by 2020.
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