Amazon has partnered with the United States Postal Service to offer Sunday package delivery in New York City and Los Angeles. The initiative is believed to be mutually beneficial. The USPS gets to expand one of the only areas where it is actually making money – package shipment. Amazon can more closely compete with the brick and mortar stores that boast Sunday hours.
Amazon is envisioned as a one-stop shop for anything you might wish to buy. Jeff Bezos is the overseer of the massive website, keeping a heavy finger on operations, staying focused on the customer and thinking on a very long time scale. Journalist Brad Stone profiles Bezos in his new book, “The Everything Store.” He talks with Steve Scher.
A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
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The in-house recruitment team at Groupon in Seattle. Five full-time recruiters have helped hire 130 new staff members since spring of 2012. The company’s Pioneer Square offices are now packed, but it continues to hire.
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Vinayak Hegde, vice president of engineering, and Rich Williams, senior vice president of marketing for Chicago-based Groupon. Both men once worked for Amazon, and they have recruited a number of former Amazon employees to work in the new Seattle office.
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Rob Golkosky, senior developer at the tech start-up doxo, in the company’s Pioneer Square offices.
Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post for $250 million, and that has a lot of people wondering what's next for the legacy media company.
Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has written a book about the mega-entrepreneur. It's called, "The Everything Store,” due out in October. He said the sale was a surprise for many, but in keeping with the way Bezos thinks.
Seattle’s own Amazon is the largest bookseller in the United States. Amazon enjoys a market share of 25 percent in print books and 60 percent in e-books. Recently, some of their prices have gone up. Ross Reynolds talks with a researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance about how she thinks Amazon’s market share changes the business of selling books.
Amazon has a new game plan: same-day delivery. By building warehouses in the middle of large metropolitan areas, Amazon wants to bring you groceries and goods immediately. That’s big competition for traditional retail, and some people are speculating it could mean the end of traditional retail. David Hyde talks to Patty Edwards, retail analyst and the chief investment officer for Trutina Financial about how Amazon is changing consumerism.
BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.
When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.
Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.