Amazon's latest idea may make online shopping even easier - New York News

Amazon's latest idea may make online shopping even easier

Updated:

By: Herb Scribner, Deseret News

In the wake of the frantic Black Friday, shoppers are clicking their way to more deals with Cyber Monday. It's an easy way to buy products and find the deals.

And that easiness may increase.

On Sunday, a day ahead of the Internet's largest shopping day, Amazon.com unveiled Prime Air, “a futuristic delivery system that the company says will get packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less, delivered via unmanned aerial vehicles,” according to The Los Angeles Times. The company said the service could be realized by December 2015, according to Yahoo News.

In a quick video clip by Bloomberg, Amazon's vision is depicted, where a shopper is delivered a package by an unmanned drone.

Skeptics have raised concerns about the drone possibilities, according to Quartz, a digital news outlet. Some of the bigger issues with the drones revolve around them crashing into other things, and whether or not commercial drones will be legalized.

“For now, though, the U.S. Postal Service, DHL, UPS and FedEx are certain to employ plenty of real-life humans for many years to come,” wrote Heather Timmons for Quartz.

But Brad Stone from Business Week finds Amazon's drones a great idea, but not necessarily for its delivery capabilities.

“The aerial drone is actually the perfect vehicle - not for delivering packages, but for evoking Amazon's indomitable spirit of innovation,” reported Business Week. “Many customers this holiday season are considering the character of the companies where they spend their hard-earned dollars. Amazon would rather customers consider the new products and inventions coming down the pipeline and not the ramifications of its ever-accelerating, increasingly disruptive business model."

Online shopping is becoming more of a convenience for people, as shoppers no longer have to leave their homes to find a bargain. The quickness of online shopping as risen, too, Amazon recently announced it will begin delivering on Sundays in conjunction with the United States Postal Service.

And the movement towards online buying isn't slowing down. The National Retail Federation, which keeps track of shopping numbers year round, said about 131 million shoppers plan to buy on Cyber Monday, which is a 2 million more shoppers than last year.

“Despite record-breaking online shopping Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, holiday shoppers aren't done yet; we expect Cyber Monday to be bigger than ever,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement.

Cyber Monday may not end so early this year, either, according to the Associated Press. “Cyber Monday seems to have stretched into Cyber Week or even Cyber Month, with retailers from Amazon to Wal-Mart rolling out online deals since the beginning of November,” reported the AP.

CyberMonday.com, the official Cyber Monday website, offers several different deals from across the Web. ABC News posted its top 11 Cyber Monday deals, including offers at Best Buy, Starbucks, Macy's and other online retailers.

But all the online shopping hasn’t affected the stock market, according to USA Today, which reported on the early numbers. Stocks were "basically flat" early Monday, USA Today reported.


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan West Project

    Skyline of West Side is changing

    Skyline of West Side is changing

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:22 GMT
    The Manhattan West Project is a $4.5 billion development that will change the skyline on the West Side. The five-acre site that will consist of office towers, a residential building, retail, a 5-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens, restaurants, cafes, and a park is being built on top of active rail yards. Fox 5 got a look at the progress of the project.
    The Manhattan West Project is a $4.5 billion development that will change the skyline on the West Side. The five-acre site that will consist of office towers, a residential building, retail, a 5-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens, restaurants, cafes, and a park is being built on top of active rail yards. Fox 5 got a look at the progress of the project.
  • Anaconda sightings in Lake Hopatcong reported

    Anaconda sightings in Lake Hopatcong reported

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:16 GMT
    Boaters in Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey are keeping an eye out for an unwanted visitor lurking underwater: a 14- or 15-foot-ong snake, possibly a green anaconda. Several people have seen the reptile, which has probably holed up in a drain pipe. Reptile specialists are also searching the lake for signs of the snake. So far no more sightings have been reported.
    Boaters in Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey are keeping an eye out for an unwanted visitor lurking underwater: a 14- or 15-foot-ong snake, possibly a green anaconda. Several people have seen the reptile, which has probably holed up in a drain pipe. Reptile specialists are also searching the lake for signs of the snake. So far no more sightings have been reported.
  • Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:00:17 GMT
    SCPD photoSCPD photo
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices