Amazon attempts to get grocery shoppers to sign up for Prime, despite price increase.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber but love Whole Foods, which is also an Amazon property, you should check out the retailer’s brand new promotion that’s targeting Whole Foods shoppers.
Amazon is ready to give you 10% off Whole Foods purchases at already discounted prices, and cut prices on other Whole Foods products each week.
Vice president of Amazon Prime Cem Sibay told The Wall Street Journal that this week’s deals will be available immediately in Florida stores and roll out to more than 460 stores nationwide this summer.
The 10% discount will be valid on “hundreds or even thousands of already discounted items in each store,” per The Journal. Each week stores will feature up to 10 new deals.
According to Morgan Stanley estimates, some 40% of Whole Foods shoppers aren’t Prime subscribers, so Amazon is targeting those people with the new promotion. The analysts say that grocery discounts ““can go a long way toward justifying Prime membership…even at $120 a year.”
Amazon recently increased the cost of Prime by $20, but there are ways to keep the price at $99 for at least one more year. Prime already offers plenty of perks to buyers, on top of the newly added Whole Foods discounts.
To take advantage of the Whole Foods deals, Prime subscribers will have to either scan a barcode generated by the grocer’s app or enter their phone number. On top of that, if you’re holding an Amazon reward credit card, you qualify for an additional 5% off.
Signing up for a free Prime trial is pretty easy, all you need to get started is available at this link.
It’s no secret that OnePlus partnered with Amazon to sell its smartphones in India, a major market for the Chinese smartphone maker. Earlier this year, we learned that Amazon India will also be the exclusive seller of a OnePlus 6 version that’s not going to be available anywhere else in the world, the Avengers Edition OnePlus 6. But the partnership with Amazon is even bigger than India, as OnePlus just announced that the OnePlus 6 will be also available from the giant retailer in various European markets where Amazon has a presence.
A day before the OnePlus 6 is set to be unveiled in London, the company revealed that the handset will be available for sale via Amazon in some of the most important markets on the continent, including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Per OnePlus’s announcement, via Android World, the OnePlus 6 will be available for preorder tomorrow, May 16th, likely right after the launch event. The phone will then begin shipping to buyers in Europe on May 22nd, which is probably when people in other top markets like the US will also get it.
The announcement doesn’t say anything about Amazon selling the phone in the US, but the company will reveal more details on Wednesday about its worldwide OnePlus 6 launch plans. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM ET.
It’s no secret that Apple has boatloads of cash, but sometimes it can be difficult to truly grasp just how profitable Apple has become over the past few years. Sure, we know that Apple has hundreds of billions of dollars in the bank, and sure, we know that Apple retail stores generate more revenue per square foot than any other store on the planet. These quirky tidbits, however interesting they may be, still fail to illustrate the money-making juggernaut that Apple has become.
In light of that, it might be more instructive to look at some of Apple’s competition in the tech space for some requisite context. Trying to make sense of $200 billion in the bank might be a challenge, but comparing Apple’s profitability to some of the top tech companies in the world is likely to paint a much clearer picture.
With that said, CNBC recently posted a rather fascinating tidbit about Apple’s ability to make a profit. Apple, during its recent March quarter, generated more in profits than Amazon has managed to accumulate across its entire lifetime. Put differently, Apple in just three months time took home more money than Amazon has managed to do over the last 21 years combined.
That factoid is absolutely astounding, and really helps to illustrate just how smoothly Apple is run these days.
The smartphone maker generated a $48.35 billion in profit during its fiscal 2017 and made $13.8 billion in net income during the March 2018 quarter.
In comparison, Amazon’s total net income since inception is about $9.6 billion. The number was calculated by adding up all of Amazon’s annual net income figures since its inception to the company’s $1.6 billion profit in the March 2018 quarter.
Of course, it’s not as if anyone should feel bad for Amazon or its investors given that Amazon’s share price is now in the $1600 range with a rather sizable P/E ratio of 253. By way of contrast, the P/E ratios of Apple, Microsoft and Google are 17.4, 27.2, and 29, respectively.
We’re nearly there, OnePlus fans, the OnePlus 6 will be unveiled in London on Wednesday, but you shouldn’t expect any real surprises. That’s because Amazon Germany listed two versions of the phone over the weekend, revealing many of the phone’s remaining secrets.
We’ve got official press renders for the phone, as well as pricing details and a release date for Germany — and Europe.
Amazon Germany deleted the OnePlus 6 listings, but WinFuture was quick enough to capture all the data.
The phones will be available in two black options, including “Mirror Black,” or glossy black (above) and “Midnight Black,” or matte black (below). Pricing starts at €519 for the 64GB and €569 for the 128GB model. There should be a 256GB OnePlus 6 also, after all, OnePlus said so not too long ago, but it might not be available in all markets.
The OnePlus 5T was priced at €499 and €559 in Europe.
The OnePlus 6 should launch in Germany, and Europe, on May 22nd, which coincides with the launch date leaked for India in previous weeks.
We already know the phone will have an iPhone X-like design, and pack standard specs for a 2018 Android flagship phone, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and up to 8GB of RAM. The Amazon Germany listing says the phone will have a dual-lens camera on the back with 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras, optical image stabilization, portrait mode, and slow-motion support.
We also know the phone has a glass sandwich design, with Amazon revealing that both the front and rear panels are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone will also be water-resistant, the listing says, although it’s unclear what kind of rating we’re looking at.
OnePlus will surely confirm all these details come May 16th, during the phone’s official announcement.