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Is the Whole Foods acquisition the beginning of Amazon's endgame?

On Friday, Amazon sent shockwaves through the world of retail by announcing its intention to buy upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7bn.

The deal, which came as a surprise to the markets, knocked nearly $40bn off the market caps of other retails. Kroger, Costco, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart each saw their stocks drop by more than 4% following the announcement, and their declines accounted for over $23bn of the market cap losses.

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Amazon scales up in Asia-Pacific: How can local retailers prevent showrooming?

The Amazon effect is now well-known in the West. Wherever the company opens up, consumers benefit with an improved online shopping experiencee, but established retailers see revenues evaporate.

Amazon is now eyeing several markets in Asia, can retailers in the region survive?  New research offers some tips - and some hope.

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Why did Amazon's online video shopping channel fail?

Last March, Amazon launched Style Code Live, a daily live online show that looked like an attempt to bring the home shopping channel into the 21st century.

But little more than a year later, Amazon apparently decided that Style Code Live was not going to be this generation's answer to TV shopping.

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Amazon Books: What retail can learn from Amazon's new bookstores

Amazon is largely credited with killing the physical bookstore. 

Its biggest victim, Borders, once the second largest bookstore chain in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy and began closing all of its stores in 2011. Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest bookstore chain, has been downsizing and is expected to continue to do so for the next decade.

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Is it too early to predict that Amazon will win the voice-controlled speaker market?

Voice-controlled speakers are one of the primary interfaces through which consumers are interacting with voice-based intelligent personal assistants.

Therefore it's no surprise that two of tech's biggest names, Google and Amazon, are battling to control the market for these devices.

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FMCG brands, if you didn’t have an Amazon strategy before, you need one now

Amazon’s culture lends itself to innovation, but its rapid development and deployment of the Amazon Echo is in a league of its own.

Opening with the original Amazon Echo in June 2015, the Seattle-based company released the Echo Dot in September 2016, the Echo Look just two weeks ago, and this week the newest member of the family; the Echo Show.

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Will Amazon's Echo Look help grow the market for voice-based intelligent personal assistants?

Last week, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Look, a new $200 device that allows owners to take full-length photos and videos.

Pitched by Amazon as a "hands-free camera and style assistant," the Echo Look can be used by owners to create fashion lookbooks and share photos and videos with friends.

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Amazon launches 'Subscribe with Amazon' to help companies sell subscriptions

Amazon's effort to take over the world continues unabated.

This week, the online retail giant announced a big push into a new market with the launch of Subscribe with Amazon, a new marketplace that will allow third parties to sell subscriptions through Amazon.

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Amazon tries its hand at influencer affiliate marketing

Can influencers and affiliate marketing be a match made in heaven? Online retail's 800-pound gorilla is apparently interested in finding out.

Last week, it was revealed that Amazon has launched a beta of an invite-only Amazon Influencer Program "exclusively designed for social media influencers with large followings and a high frequency of posts with shoppable content." 

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Amazon Payments usage grows: should you adopt it?

Don't look now: while PayPal continues to be the dominant online payments service, Amazon's Pay with Amazon is growing rapidly.

In a press release last week, the ecommerce giant revealed that 33m of its customers have now used Amazon Payments to make a purchase, and last year Pay with Amazon transaction volume doubled.

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Retailers beware, Amazon could be about to shake up Google PLAs

After years of being absent from the market for Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs), it appears that online retail's 800-pound gorilla is finally getting into the game.

This could have a big impact on other retailers using PLAs to market their wares to consumers.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

This week's news is short but, like all those left-over Christmas Ferrero Rochers, incredibly sweet.

Redundancies feature heavily, as do airships and talking cars.

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