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Kohl’s to sell Amazon hardware, Home Depot partners with Google

Kohl’s to sell Amazon hardware, Home Depot partners with Google

Amazon is easily one of the world's biggest online retailers, which makes them a rival to pretty much any kind of brick-and-mortar store. That's what makes a partnership between Kohl’s and Amazon an interesting one. The two have revealed that the big box retailer will start to sell Amazon's own branded hardware inside their stores, while Google also announced that Home Depot has partnered with their Google Assistant and Google Express services.

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Google, Walmart team up to keep Amazon at bay

Google, Walmart team up to keep Amazon at bay

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods not only shook up the supermarket market, pardon the redundancy, it was also a wake up call to its rivals, showing what the retail giant is capable of or willing to do to get an edge. Google and Walmart are definitely not taking things sitting down but rather than hit Amazon separately, they’ve decided to join forces to deliver a more powerful punch. Starting next month Walmart becomes the third but also the biggest store accessible from Google Express, combining Walmart’s supplies and Google’s machine learning to try and outdo Amazon.

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Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Between its announced buyout of Whole Foods and revealing physical retail stores of its own, Amazon's brick and mortar aspirations are plain. It's little surprise, then, that we're we're seeing Amazon launch a new service called Instant Pickup in five cities around the US this week. The idea behind Instant Pickup is pretty straightforward: select from hundreds of "need-it-now" items on Amazon and obtain them up in person at physical pick up locations.

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Amazon Prime Day accused of surge pricing for sales

Amazon Prime Day accused of surge pricing for sales

For the third year in a row, Amazon's Prime Day sale managed to smash sales records for the company. Though Prime Day sales can certainly feel a little underwhelming to some folks, the idea of a mid-summer sale to rival Black Friday seems to be working out well for Amazon. According to one vendor, however, Amazon may not be entirely genuine with its customers when it comes to some of the discounts it's presenting to them.

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SNES Classic Edition: Walmart pre-orders sell out, Amazon & Best Buy still coming

SNES Classic Edition: Walmart pre-orders sell out, Amazon & Best Buy still coming

The official release of the highly anticipated SNES Classic Edition — Nintendo's latest mini console repackage — is quickly approaching, and eager buyers are ready to pounce at the first sign of pre-orders. That's exactly what happened on Friday, as Walmart began offering pre-orders for the gaming system on its website, and they sold out faster than you could blink.

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Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon may be the go-to online retailer for a huge number of people, but the sales behemoth now wants to be a glamorous lifestyle boutique as well as a bargain warehouse. The company has launched a new feature, Amazon Spark, in its iOS app, taking ideas from Instagram and Pinterest in the grand scheme of making you buy more stuff. The premise? You'll be more likely to open your wallet if you see things looking pretty.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 was, unsurprisingly, another big success

Amazon Prime Day 2017 was, unsurprisingly, another big success

Say what you will about Prime Day's sometimes lackluster deals, but the annual sale seems to working out wonderfully Amazon, which has hosted Prime Day for three years running now. Amazon announced today that Prime Day 2017 was once again its biggest sales day of the year. We've come to expect that from Prime Day, but what's particularly interesting is that Prime Day 2017 also managed to become the biggest sales day in Amazon history.

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Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Prime Day kicks off for the third year in a row on July 11, and as expected, Amazon is offering all sorts of incentives for voice shoppers using Alexa. In fact, Amazon want so badly for you to use Alexa to shop deals that it's rolling out an bunch of Alexa-exclusive offers today and keeping the deals rolling until July 17. That means almost two weeks of deals that are exclusive to Alexa shoppers.

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Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sale will return again this summer. This is the third year in a row that Amazon has offer its Prime-only sale, and this year promises to be bigger than the last two. Not only is Amazon expanding Prime Day to three new regions this year, but it will also be offering these Prime deals for more than 24 hours.

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

Amazon Prime Wardrobe takes the biggest fear out of online clothes shopping

In its quest to get as many Prime subscribers as possible, Amazon has been packing it with more and more services. This year alone we've seen the launches for services like Prime Reload, Prime Reading, and Anime Strike, but today Amazon is going either further by launching a Prime service that is arguably bigger than any of those. Its name is Prime Wardrobe and it promises to "bring the fitting room to you."

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Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

Amazon plans to stop in-store shoppers from online price checking

For years, we've walked into retail stores only to pull out our phones and compare the prices we see to those online, generally using a website like Amazon to see if we're getting a good deal. Now that Amazon is beginning to expand into retail spaces of its own, it has to worry about those same pricing comparisons. In a fantastic bit of irony, Amazon could use a new patent to outright prevent people from comparing prices in its own stores.

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