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Amazon India inks two long-term agreements with Future Retail, FCL
Posted on 6th January 2020

Amazon India on Monday said it has entered into long-term business agreements with Future Group for expanding the reach of the latter's retail stores and consumer brands through its online marketplace. The development comes after Amazon had agreed to buy 49 per cent stake in Future Coupons Ltd that in turn holds stake in Future Retail Ltd (FRL) last year.

"FRL and Amazon India signed two agreements focusing on key categories - grocery and general merchandise, and fashion and footwear," according to a statement released Monday.

Amazon threatened to fire climate activists, says employee group
Posted on 3rd January 2020

A group of employees who pushed the company to combat climate change say Amazon has threatened to fire some of them if they continue to speak out about their employer’s internal affairs.

Two were threatened with termination, a spokesperson for Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said, and a total of four were told in meetings that they were in violation of the company’s policies on workers speaking to the press and on social media.

Amazon faces widening US antitrust scrutiny, cloud business also under le
Posted on 5th December 2019

US antitrust enforcers have broadened their scrutiny of Inc. beyond its retail operations to include its massive cloud-computing business, according to people familiar with the matter.

Investigators at the US Federal Trade Commission have been asking software companies recently about practices around Amazon's cloud unit, known as Amazon Web Services, said the people, who declined to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

With billions in pockets, Amzaon, Walmart run into 70 mn Indian shopkeepers
Posted on 2nd December 2019
In the heart of New Delhi's largest wholesale bazaar, merchants who normally compete with each other have united against a common enemy.

Amazon, Flipkart! one merchant after another shouts into a microphone from a small stage in Sadar Bazaar's central traffic circle. Some 50 other shopkeepers gathered around shout back in unison: Go back! Go back!

Amazon challenges Pentagon's $10-billion cloud deal with Microsoft
Posted on 15th November 2019
Amazon has challenged the awarding of a USD 10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract to Microsoft, alleging unmistakable bias in the process.

The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, better known as JEDI, ultimately will see all military branches sharing information in a system boosted by artificial intelligence.

Inside Mukesh Ambani's plans to take on Amazon, Flipkart
Posted on 31st October 2019
Mumbai: At a time when consumption demand in India has been hit hard, renewed focus on small towns such as Sikar in Haryana and Gulbarga in Karnataka is helping billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd clock higher revenues in its retail businesses.

Industry leaders find Amazon, Apple and Alibaba the most disruptive firms
Posted on 30th October 2019
Amazon, Apple and Alibaba top the list of companies that tech industry leaders worry most about disrupting their business, according to a KPMG report.

In a survey of more than 740 technology industry business leaders globally, DJI, Google, Netflix, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook, and Baidu round out the Top 10 list.

Amazon's $1 bn deal with Saudi stalled after Khashoggi's killing: Report
Posted on 28th October 2019
A $1 billion deal to build Amazon data centres in Saudi Arabia appears to have stalled, following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported.

After Khashoggi's killing in Istanbul last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Post, became the target of waves of criticism from Saudi-based online trolls, said the report on Sunday.

Jeff Bezos is set to lose his crown as world’s richest person
Posted on 26th October 2019
Jeff Bezos retained the title of world’s richest person Friday as Inc.’s stock recovered from a sharp slide. Shares of the biggest online retailer fell 1.1% to close at $1,761.33, rebounding from a drop of as much as 9.1% in extended trading a day earlier, after the company reported its first profit decline in two years. Friday’s modest dip trimmed Bezos’s net worth to $109.9 billion, or $2.36 billion more than Bill Gates’s, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Jeff Bezos to lose his crown as world's richest after Amazon shares tumble
Posted on 25th October 2019
Jeff Bezos is about to relinquish the title of world’s richest person to Bill Gates, as Inc. stock tumbled in late trading Thursday.

Shares of the biggest online retailer dropped 8.1 per cent to $1,637 in extended trading at 4:24 p.m. in New York. At that price, Bezos would have a net worth of $102.8 billion, ranking him second, and almost $5 billion behind Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bezos took the top spot from the Microsoft Corp. co-founder in October 2017.

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