The Netflix Boom


The 90’s are getting a 21st century reboot.

To the excitement of fans everywhere the show “Full House” is getting a spin off that will air on Netflix. It's being called “Fuller House” and will feature oldest daughter DJ trying to raise her children with the help of her best friend and younger sister. So far most of the original cast has signed up for the show and they are posting pictures of the progress on Instagram.

The 13 episode show will premiere next year and is predicted to continue the recent success of Netflix. In recent years the company has switched its focus to original content and it seems to be paying off. Last year Netflix earned 31 Emmy nominations, more than double the amount of the previous year. This year it received 34.  read more »

Dash Button


Amazon is making one stop shopping even easier.

Earlier this week the retail giant unveiled its latest idea; the ability to order items with the push of a button. It’s called the dash button and it is a Wi-Fi enabled controller that connects to your smartphone through the Amazon app. The button can be placed anywhere around your home to remind you when it’s time to replace certain items.

For example you can put in on your washing machine and when you’re out of detergent just push the button. The order for that product is then automatically sent to Amazon. Right now more than 200 products are available through the dash button program. And if you happen to push the button then find your secret stash of toilet paper you can cancel your order within minutes.  read more »

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Travel With Amazon


Amazon is letting you expand your shopping list; to anywhere in the world.

According to the travel website the world’s biggest online retailer is attempting to break into the travel business. Beginning in January Amazon will start letting people make hotel and resort reservations through its site. Participating businesses would load their room types, availability, pricing and pictures into a business to business server. Then they would be notified by Amazon when a booking is made. In return the hotels and resorts pay Amazon a 15% commission.  read more »

Target's New App


Target is debuting a new way to shop.

The popular retail store is introducing an app that lets people buy items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. The app called “In a Snap” will recognize images for the store's room essentials products. Those images will be in home decor magazines including “Architecture” and “Real Simple.”

Once a customer scans the image of a product they like that item gets added to a shopping cart for potential purchase. The company says while there are multiple apps capable of scanning codes and symbols it's harder to create one that recognizes an actual product.  read more »

Amazon Elves


It's the busiest time of year and the internet's version of Santa Claus is hiring some extra helpers.

For cities in Kentucky, Nevada and Kansas the sights and sounds of the season mean camper vans, tents and a crowd of people. Dubbed the camper force they make up the seasonal workers hired by the biggest online retailer; amazon dot com.

In order to keep orders flowing and make sure packages are shipped to the right places amazon hires the campers and assigns them jobs at company warehouses. Each year about 70,000 people are given a little extra work. In exchange their campsites are paid for, they earn 94% of what full time employees make and in some cases are eligible for company benefits.  read more »

Technology Test Labs

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Some of the country's biggest retailers are going after a new customer; technology.

Target, Kohl's and the home shopping network QVC are among the half dozen retailers that are opening up a new type of shop in Silicon Valley. Called technology test labs the idea is to improve a company's website and create mobile shopping apps.

Retailers say these labs will help them stay on top of the latest trends in the technological world and compete with online rivals such as Amazon and eBay. Plus they need to keep up with customers. According to the National Retail Federation people are spending more than half their time online shopping with smartphones, tablets and computers. And what better place to find people in touch with technology than Silicon Valley?  read more »

A Taxing Sale


Shopping online just got a lot more taxing.

On Saturday began collecting sales tax from customers in California. The extra charge comes after a lengthy battle between state lawmakers and the online giant. It ended with Amazon agreeing to charge sales tax with the profit going to help the cash strapped state.

And the one stop shop might not be the only one bailing out the golden state. More than 200 out of state companies with major business in California may have to charge sales tax on items shipped to the state. But it’s expected to pay off.

According to early estimates; revenue generated from this plan will feed $317 million into California each year. Of that number; half is expected to come from Amazon alone.  read more »