fun facts

The boiling river in the Amazon.

“When Andrés Ruzo was just a small boy, his grandfather in Peru told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, that boils.” | learn more

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Amazon’s marijuana request.

“Amazon has told its delivery partners to stop screening applicants for marijuana use, according to Bloomberg. Amazon said screening for marijuana reduces the number of job applicants by 30%. The company said eliminating the requirement increases applications by 400%.” | learn more

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The increasing complexity of product returns

“Amazon and Walmart both use artificial intelligence to decide whether it makes economic sense to accept a return. These merchants can absorb the cost. But for smaller merchants, returnless refunds are a recipe for financial disaster.” | learn more

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Amazon, Walmart and Chinese potting soil

In 2018, the anonymous blogger behind Deep Throat IPO wrote this incredibly long post exploring the question “What would have happened if Amazon and Walmart had never been born?” It’s a fascinating exploration of the dynamics of US retail and […]

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In defense of Amazon’s private labels

Ben Evans reminds us, with data and charts, that it’s not quite fair to have a problem with Amazon for their private label strategy. This is tried & true retail strategy for over a hundred years and Amazon isn’t even […]

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Amazon’s profits, AWS and advertising

Benedict Evans: “The bigger Amazon gets, the more it’s worth reading the accounts. Does AWS subsidise the whole thing? Is the revenue $250bn – or $450bn? And is that ad business just a footnote, or is it bringing in more […]