Amazon starts offering virtual classes and sightseeing tours via new Explore platform

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Amazon has launched Explore, a new platform which it promises will let you “explore anything from lessons to landmarks.” It works via a video stream, with tour guides, instructors, and personal shoppers providing one-on-one sessions. Amazon says the video is one-way, meaning only the host is on camera during the virtual experience, but the audio is two-way so you can ask questions and make requests.

The Explore page provides an idea of the range of experiences on offer. These include relatively cheap sessions like a $10, 40-minute virtual shopping experience in Ridgeland, USA, to a 45-minute virtual tour of a mansion in Lima, Peru for $70, or a $129 bagel cooking class. In some cases Amazon lists ingredients and supplies to buy before a session, but it says that these are optional if you just want to watch along from home. TechCrunch reports there are a total of 86 experiences

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Target Is Giving Amazon Prime Day a Run for Its Money With an Epic Two-Day Sale

We’re in that long stretch between the official start of fall and the holiday season, where we’re making lists, checking them twice, and just waiting for the seasonal deals to start rolling in. And this year, we’re pleased as punch, because not only do we have Amazon Prime Day to look forward to on October 13 and 14, we also have the newly announced Target Deal Days to add to our calendar, which will be on, you guessed it, October 13 and 14. We need to start exercising our “add to shopping cart” click reflexes ASAP, because that’s going to be an epic two-day shopping spree!

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Amazon expands personal shopping service to include menswear

Amazon is trying to make fashion easier for men.

The company is expanding its Personal Shopper feature, which launched last year for women’s clothing, to include menswear.

For $5 a month, Amazon Prime customers can choose up to eight items of clothing to have shipped to them to try on. They pay for the ones they want to keep, and ship the rest back for free within seven days.

The service also allows shoppers to make specific attire requests, for, say, a Zoom job interview.

The expansion comes during a difficult time for clothing retail.

Employers’ work-from-home mandates, along with mass unemployment ushered in by the pandemic, have transformed the concept of workwear, which is increasingly merging with athleisure styles that prioritize comfort and function.

Over the summer, Brooks Brothers, the menswear brand that became synonymous with the classic Wall Street banker look, filed for bankruptcy. Men’s Wearhouse is also

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UnitedHealth acquires DivvyDose, an Amazon PillPack competitor

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UnitedHealth Group, the United States’ largest health insurer, has acquired DivvyDose, a start-up that helps patients with chronic illness get their medicines delivered in pre-sorted packages, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The deal price was just over $300 million, the person said. They asked not to be named discussing information that is not yet public.

A spokesperson for UnitedHealth declined to comment. Talks between the two companies were previously reported by Bloomberg. 

Many of the largest retailers and health plans are snapping up start-ups in the online pharmacy space, which aim to make it easier for patients to take their medicines. Amazon acquired PillPack, a competitor to DivvyDose in 2018, and Walmart recently scooped up medication management technology from CareZone. 

One reason for the buy-ups is to tap into the base of customers that use these services, many of whom are juggling multiple medications.

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Amazon One lets you pay with your palm

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Amazon is unveiling its own palm recognition technology today that will be used initially to turn your hand into a personal credit card inside the company’s physical retail stores. Amazon One uses the palm of your hand to identify you, using a combination of surface-area details like lines and ridges, alongside vein patterns to create a “palm signature.”

At first, this palm signature will be used in Amazon’s own Go stores in Seattle, and the company also plans to add Amazon One to other Amazon stores in the coming months. Amazon One usage will eventually extend beyond just palm-based payments. “We believe Amazon One has broad applicability beyond our retail stores, so we also plan to offer the service to third parties like retailers, stadiums, and office buildings so that more people can benefit from this ease and convenience in more places,” says Dilip Kumar, vice president of Amazon’s physical

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How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

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A view of Calitri, Italy on Sept. 18, 2020. (Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times)
A view of Calitri, Italy on Sept. 18, 2020. (Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times)

NAPLES, Italy — Ludovica Tomaciello had never shopped on Amazon before being trapped at her parents’ house in March during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. Bored one afternoon scrolling TikTok, she spotted hair scrunchies that she then tracked down and ordered on Amazon.

When the package arrived, she was hooked. She soon signed up for Amazon Prime and turned to the site to buy a tapestry and neon lights to decorate her bedroom; halter tops, jeans and magenta Air Jordan sneakers; and a remote to wirelessly take selfies for Instagram.

“My mom was like, ‘Can you stop this?’” Tomaciello, 19, who is pursuing a language degree, said while at a cafe near her home in Avellino, about 20 miles east of Naples. When stores reopened in May, Amazon remained her preferred way to shop because of the convenience,

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Online Shopping Secrets Amazon and Other Retailers Don’t Want You To Know

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You already might consider yourself a savvy online shopper. Perhaps you’re signed up for email discounts at your favorite retailers, only shop on the sale section of websites and use a retail card to get the most out of your purchases. But there are other ways to save big on sites such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy and more that are not as publicly advertised by the retailers themselves.

GOBankingRates spoke to shopping experts to get their best online shopping secrets and tips to save money.

Last updated: Sept. 25, 2020

Abandon Your Shopping Cart

Depending on the retailer, simply waiting to complete your purchase can score you a discount.

“Sometimes, if you place an item in your online shopping cart and close the browser window without buying, you will receive a discount promo code from the retailer within 48 hours in an attempt to sway you to complete your

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Amazon launches Luna cloud gaming service competing with Microsoft and Google

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3 “Strong Buy” Stocks That Are Flirting With a Bottom

In the investing game, it’s not only about what you buy; it’s about when you buy it. One of the most common pieces of advice thrown around the Street, “buy low” is touted as a tried-and-true tactic.Sure, the strategy seems simple. Stock prices naturally fluctuate on the basis of several factors like earnings results and the macro environment, amongst others, with investors trying to time the market and determine when stocks have hit a bottom. In practice, however, executing on this strategy is no easy task.On top of this, given the volatility that has ruled the markets over the last few weeks, how are investors supposed to gauge when a name is flirting with a bottom? That’s where the Wall Street pros come in.These expert stock pickers have identified three compelling tickers whose current share prices land close to

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Whole Foods employees say Amazon workers are crowding stores, ignoring virus protocols, and hounding them for help as online orders surge

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Amazon Prime Now grocery orders are surging, and some Whole Foods employees say it’s causing problems in stores.
  • Tensions are mounting between Whole Foods employees and the workers who pick and pack Amazon’s Prime Now online orders, according to interviews with seven Whole Foods employees. 

  • The Whole Foods employees said they are suffering from understaffing and struggling to keep shelves stocked as a growing number of Amazon Prime workers canvass stores to fill online orders.

  • A manager at a Northeast Whole Foods store called Prime workers “vultures” that “come in and pick every department clean.”

  • One Whole Foods store is so busy with Prime orders that it has workers packing and storing groceries in a nearby parking garage, an employee of the store said.

  • A Whole Foods spokesperson said, “Online grocery delivery demand experienced unprecedented growth this year, and as we evolve our offerings in real-time, we

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Amazon launches climate-friendly program to help shop for sustainable products

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Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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