Month: June 2019

E commerce and Shopping

Amazon to Edge Out Small Wholesalers

Amazon has been reworking relationships with several of its long-time wholesale suppliers in a bid to cut costs, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The plan is to buy from larger companies instead of smaller businesses. Thousands of small suppliers that sell less than US$10 million annually on Amazon’s platform would lose bulk orders, while big brands like […]

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E commerce and Shopping

7 Critical Skills for Running an E-Commerce Business

The very first online purchase occurred on 11 August 1994: a copy of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales CD. Since then ‘e-commerce’ – the term used to describe transactions conducted over the internet – has exploded. Many of us interact with e-commerce businesses on a daily basis, whether it’s purchasing physical goods, digital goods, or online services. Some examples […]

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E commerce and Shopping

Walmart Ups the Ante in Grocery Delivery Competition

Walmart has a new weapon in the grocery delivery wars against other top e-commerce rivals. Walmart online shoppers can subscribe to a US$98-per-year “Delivery Unlimited” plan that aims to siphon customers from Amazon’s Whole Foods and Target’s home delivery programs. Online grocery shopping is growing steadily as a key revenue generator and customer draw. The […]

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Computers Electronics and Technology

Google’s Hangouts Chat gets chatbot boost with Dialog flow

Dialog flow should make it easier for developers to create natural language bots for Google’s team collaboration platform. Google is looking to make it easier to build chatbots for Hangouts Chat, thanks to an integration with its Dialog flow conversational AI platform. Google launched Hangouts Chat early last year, a chat-based collaboration tool that replaces […]

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Computers Electronics and Technology

A word of warning about Android upgrades in 2019

As the fine print surrounding a certain new device reminds us, it’s more important than ever to think carefully about what you’re actually getting when you buy an Android phone. Hear ye, hear ye, citizens of the Android-using world. You no doubt know by now that Android upgrades are, by and large, a steaming hot […]

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Travel

Subaru’s Trying to Fix Its Quality Problem Before It’s Too Late

Subaru’s lineup is one of the more focused among major automakers, and also among the most beloved, which is why it’s always been a little curious why its cars haven’t always been well-made. The definition of “well-made” has always been somewhat in dispute, with automakers usually claiming one thing and consumers and others claiming another. […]

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Travel

Mitsubishi North America to move headquarters from California to Tennessee

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is relocating its headquarters to the Nashville area from California in a move that will strengthen the Japanese automaker’s financial ties to Nissan – and bolster Tennessee’s stature as a major U.S. auto hub. The move, expected to be completed this year, will bring 200 jobs to Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, including positions in sales, marketing, […]

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Travel

The magic of Japan’s convenience stores

In her popular novel, Convenience Store Woman, Japanese author Sayaka Murata tells the story of Keiko Furukura, a worker at an unnamed convenience store who is struggling to find a place in a traditional society due to her status as an unmarried 36-year-old with a blue-collar job. However, the true star of the unorthodox character’s story […]

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Travel

Croatia’s wild cheese island

The bus driver shook his head. “Zatvoren,” he said, looking at my ticket to Pag. “Closed.” I was scheduled to travel to Pag, a barren, moonscape-like island off Croatia’s northern Dalmatian coast, but the bridge was closed. Paški most – the bridge connecting the island to the mainland – is the only point of entry by road, and […]

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Sports

Mohamed Salah made one and scored one as hosts Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0 to move into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt went ahead when Salah’s cross was met by Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady, who finished at the second attempt. Liverpool forward Salah then added a second with a powerful strike when surrounded by two DR Congo players after a fine run from Trezeguet. Seven-time winners Egypt join Nigeria in the last 16 of the competition. […]

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