UK News Jeff Bezos gets physical: Now Amazon is opening real shops of its own

02:20  14 october  2021
02:20  14 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Amazon has grown to the point where they now have the ability to own the physical logistics chain behind the operation. They have built out their own air shipping, ground shipping, packaging, warehouses and distribution centers, etc. I get that competition is good and all, but there's a clear avoidance and refusal for these guys to get together and put their resources towards a common goal. Everything Bezo 's is looking to do outside of Amazon is a direct fuck you to Elon Musk.

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Some months ago, I tried to stop using Amazon. How hard could it be, I asked myself, to shop elsewhere online?

To avoid watching films on its Amazon Prime Video service, to put down the Kindle e-reader – and slip the shackles of the company's smug billionaire founder Jeff Bezos?

Within weeks, though, I caved – seduced by purchases that were either half the price of those in my local shops or not available at all.

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For its sheer convenience and jaw-droppingly low prices, Amazon has brought much of the High Street to its knees.

Last week the tech giant opened its first physical non-food store outside the United States, in Kent's Bluewater shopping centre – the location all-too symbolic alongside struggling stalwarts John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser.

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Jeffrey Preston Bezos (/ˈbeɪzoʊs/; né Jorgensen; born January 12, 1964) is an American internet entrepreneur, industrialist, media proprietor, and investor.

Its great for Amazon and a great strategic business practice, but it will likely have some pretty drastic effects on I feel like this means there is a real opening , and massive potential for knowledge and skill exchange That is basically gone now . Card shops used to provide steady social settings as well as

The 'four-star store' sells more than 2,000 of the most popular products from Amazon's website in a shop the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

And, in a further assault on the British retail landscape, it will use its carefully honed algorithms to study local shopping habits and create a tailored experience designed to trounce the competition.

Bosses are secretive about the four-star store expansion plans, but America now has more than 30.

British retailers will be quaking. Around 400,000 jobs in the industry have been lost since the outbreak of Covid, while some of the best-loved names in retail including Debenhams, Topshop and Monsoon were felled by the pandemic. Even John Lewis and M&S have been forced to shut stores.

It's perhaps the final tragi-comic twist that Amazon – which has done so much to hammer their business models – is opening up in their former turf.

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Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos announced to employees he will be stepping down, and Amazon Web Services CEO, Andy Jassy, will transition to Amazon CEO at the beginning of the third quarter.

“ Amazon gets the details of all the retailers and all the shopping that takes place. What you look at, what you look at but don’t buy, what you look at next, how you pay, how you prefer your shipping. Amazon is open about the fact it is developing speech-emotion detection - and has even made some of its research public. But its scientists suggest much work still needs to be done before it can be deployed. Even so, sceptics say there’s a bigger point: consumers are scattering internet-connected microphones and cameras across their homes without necessarily thinking through the implications.

The new shop in Kent arrives after six 'Fresh' Amazon grocery shops have launched in Britain in the past year – all featuring futuristic 'checkout-free' technology. Just scan yourself in on your smartphone, pop the items in your basket and walk out: you'll be charged automatically.

Fashion retailers are not safe on the High Street, either. Amazon has previously set up pop-up fashion stores in central London to 'understand how Amazon fashion translates in physical retail'. Research indicates that Amazon will overtake Tesco as Britain's biggest retailer by 2025.

The company is also at the heart of the nation's takeaway addiction via its £620million stake in Deliveroo, and it has even opened a hair salon, pairing trendy haircuts with top-of-the-range straighteners, hair dryers and curlers, which customers can then buy to be delivered to their home.

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Keep in mind Jeff Bezos is on record eschewing the term "work/life balance". For better or worse, he believes they are not separate concepts. In practice though, he simply believes in working people to death for breadcrumbs while sitting on an inexhaustible fortune. The real solution is stop subsidising the mega corps, reduce the tax burden to small and medium size companies that survives without the help of the state and separate the idea of the state and the private companies. There's simple not a single monopoly ever created by any other means that the government ways.

Jeff Bezos doesn't personally pay Amazon 's payroll. Why do we talk as if a company a rich man owns is full of his personal money? I'm sick of these ultra rich billionaire fucks as much as anyone, but Bezos isn't the example of gross executive pay we should be targeting. Do you honestly think amazon is screwing workers out of fair pay? How much more than /hr and full benefits on day one should a company be paying someone for a job that anyone on the streets can do without and advanced degrees, certifications or training? I’m honestly wondering what you think fair pay would be in this case.

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The tentacles have also reached well beyond retail, creeping onto our TV screens.

Last month the UK was gripped by Emma Raducanu's triumphant victory at the US Open tennis – a final that, until Channel 4 bought it at the last minute, was going to be available only on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video.

The same service is now a dominant force in film and television (including originals such as Clarkson's Farm).

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And for those who happen not to be a fan of music, film, television, live sport, restaurant food, grocery delivery or haircuts, every taxpaying Briton is paying into Amazon's coffers, as HM Government is a major customer of Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division.

There are even rumours that Amazon could before long deliver NHS prescriptions in the UK, as it does in the US.

In short, almost no one escapes this $1 trillion company started just two decades ago from Bezos's garage in Seattle.

UK customers here now spend an astonishing £83billion per year on the site, which employs 1.3million staff – around the same number as the NHS itself.

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Many will argue this is all air game from a tirelessly enterprising company that has made shopping quicker and easier for millions.

And few can doubt the benefits of Amazon's £32billion of investment into the UK since 2010, or the 55,000 jobs it has created here, many in poorer regions.

Where Amazon has led, other big chains have been forced to follow, ramping up their online delivery provisions in a virtuous circle of competition.

But the Amazonisation of the British Isles has not come without cost. The company's business practices have long raised troubling questions about to whom, if anyone, it is accountable.

Last year it paid less than £500million of 'direct' taxes on more than £20billion of UK sales. Critics labelled sections of its accounting statements the 'opposite of meaningful transparency'.

Tax experts fear the US giant will not even be captured by the new rules agreed by the G20 group of nations earlier this year to force companies like Amazon to pay their fair share.

The way Amazon has expanded has also come under the microscope, with London councillors calling its planning applications for new Fresh stores 'underhand' and 'opaque'.

One was filed under 'British Overseas Bank Nominees Ltd M&G Property', rather than Amazon, while another was said to have been filed by a local solicitors' firm.

The move could be an attempt to keep jealous competitors at bay, or avoid the anger of local business people and residents – but it is not a tactic one would normally expect from such a large business.

Its ambition and ability to 'disrupt' so many industries must be applauded. But as it grows to become one of Britain's most important companies, pushing much-loved firms aside, it must take responsibility for its business practices and its role as a major employer.

Two decades after it arrived in the UK, it still has many questions to answer. But will the customers trooping into Bluewater want to ask them?

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