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Amazon Cash Western Union Relationship Launched

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Amazon Cash and Western Union Team Up

Now Amazon allows customers to pay for online purchases at Western Union. This is part of Amazon Paycode.  This should be a great convenience for the underbanked and nonbanked populace that struggles with the usual credit cards. Plus many of them use WU for wiring money currently.  Maybe they spend some at Amazon now.

1) What is Amazon PayCode?
Amazon PayCode is a new payment option that enables you to pay for Amazon orders with cash. You can shop online and pay at a participating Western Union® agent location near you. After you pay, we will ship your order to the shipping address specified at checkout.

2) How do I shop with Amazon PayCode?
If Amazon PayCode is available for your order you will see it as a payment option at checkout. You will be asked to provide additional information that is used to process your payment at a Western Union agent location. The price at checkout will be updated to reflect the price in your local currency. Upon completing your order on Amazon, you will be provided a code and instructions on how to make your payment at a participating Western Union agent location.

3) Where is Amazon PayCode enabled?
Amazon PayCode is currently available in the following countries and regions: Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Kenya, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, USA and Uruguay. We are continuously working to launch additional countries, please check back frequently for updates.

amazon cashAmazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.74% said Wednesday it is launching Amazon PayCode in the U.S., which allows customers to pay for online purchases in cash at Western Union Co. WU, -0.52% locations. Amazon said 80% of Americans live within five miles of one of Western Union’s 15,000 locations. Western Union’s stock rallied 3.5% in premarket trading, while Amazon shares slipped 0.2%. The ecommerce giant said Amazon Cash, which allows customers to load cash into their Amazon Balance for making online purchases, is also now available in cash-loading locations. Amazon said PayCode has already been available in 19 countries.

 

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Coinstar Amazon Teams up to Provide Amazon Cash Reload Sites

Amazon Go stores will start accepting cash

Amazon Go stores will start accepting cash

Full article Wednesday April 10 from CNBC

Amazon exec tells employees that Go stores will start accepting cash to address ‘discrimination’ concerns

  
KEY POINTS
  • Amazon’s Steve Kessel, who runs physical stores, said last month that the company plans to add “additional payment mechanisms” to its Go stores.
  • A spokesperson confirmed Kessel’s comment but didn’t provide a time frame for the change.
  • The move comes as a growing number of cities and states are enacting laws that require stores to accept cash.

Amazon Facial Recognition Comes Under Fire

Full article as published by Denver Post 2/3/2019

Amazon Face-Detection Software Has Bias

NEW YORK — Facial-detection technology that Amazon is marketing to law enforcement often misidentifies women, particularly those with darker skin, according to researchers from MIT and the University of Toronto.

Amazon’s website credits Rekognition for helping the Washington County Sheriff Office in Oregon speed up how long it took to identify suspects from hundreds of thousands of photo records.

Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article.

Watch Amazon VR kiosk transform the future of shopping

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Amazon VR kiosk announced  in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. See the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed.

Source: venturebeat.com

Amazon VR Kiosk notes — We keep looking for VR kiosk interations for customers especially “trial balloons” and not surprising that Amazon has opted for some extra juice to spur Prime Day.  Imagine Prime Day taking on same significance as Thanksgiving or Christmas. With over 50% of ecommerce shopping and buying happening on Amazon, its up to the other retailers like Target and Walmart to react.

Excerpt: Rather than taking the obvious retail angle and depositing you in a computer-generated facsimile of a brick-and-mortar space, Amazon VR kiosk instead transports the shopper into a city filled with Prime Day products — beginning with the fun of a hot air balloon ride. Viewed through an Oculus Rift with full head tracking, the ride lets the shopper briefly see some of the brands and promotions Amazon is featuring before landing in a serene park.

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Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article.

 

Coinstar Amazon Teams up to Provide Amazon Cash Reload Sites

Coinstar Amazon Team Up to Provide Amazon Cash Reload Sites

BELLEVUE, Wash.May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Coinstar announced today that customers can now add cash to their Amazon Balance by using Amazon Cash at select Coinstar® kiosks across the country.

“We’re excited to team up with Amazon and give shoppers an easy and convenient way to add cash to their Amazon Balance,” said Jim Gaherity, CEO of Coinstar, LLC. “Coinstar is proud to enable Amazon Cash at Coinstar kiosks for cash-preferring customers, who can now enjoy the same benefits of shopping online as any other customer. Best of all, there are no fees to use the service.”

Amazon customers wishing to spend their cash on Amazon via Coinstar only need to associate their phone number to their Amazon account, which they can do at www.amazon.com/cash. To begin a transaction at Coinstar cash-accepting kiosks, the customer selects “Cash Services,” and then “Amazon Cash.” Next, the customer enters their phone number and inserts bills into the cash acceptor on the kiosk totaling any amount between $5 and $500. An Amazon.com Gift Card is automatically purchased and claimed to the customer’s Amazon Balance and is available for immediate use for eligible items on Amazon.com or select affiliated properties. There is no fee to use this service at Coinstar kiosks.

Coinstar kiosks are conveniently located in high-traffic retail locations, including grocery stores and mass merchants. Coinstar expects to have approximately 5,000 kiosks enabled by the end of the year to accept cash for Amazon Cash customers, and the rollout begins today at select grocery stores in the northeast. To find a Coinstar cash-accepting kiosk with Amazon Cash functionality, customers may visit: coinstar.com/amazoncash. For additional details on Amazon Cash, including full terms and conditions, customers may visit: amazon.com/cash.

About Coinstar, LLC

Based in Bellevue, Wash., Coinstar owns and operates the largest fully automated, multi-national network of self-service coin counting kiosks. With nearly 20,000 kiosk locations, Coinstar provides convenient and reliable coin counting services at mass merchants, grocery and drug stores and financial institutions. Consumer solutions include coin-to-cash, coin-to-eGift card and charity donation options. For kiosk locations and information, visit www.coinstar.com.

 

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Future Retail – Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future – The New York Times

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The future retail technology inside Amazon’s new convenience store, opening Monday in downtown Seattle, enables a shopping experience like no other — including no checkout lines.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Why Did Toys ‘R’ Us Fail?

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It was not the market dynamics that took these companies under, it was the fact that their owners took on so much debt that it positioned them to only be successful if all the market dynamics went their way.  They decided to purchase a Formula One race car and forgot they have to dodge potholes on I-94 in Chicago to and from work. And when they fail the world wonders and laments the loss of these retailers and make it sound like this is an overall retail issue.  It’s not.

Source: www.ihlservices.com

Judging from the usual apocalytic headlines it is pretty easy to assume Retail has been officially terminated by a mobile phone and Amazon.  But if you look at the numbers for retail it shows a $5 Trillion market is growing at 5.4% year to year. This is bad news?

Amazon Opens Grocery Pickup Kiosks to Rival Wal-Mart

Amazon also opened a convenience store format called “Amazon Go” that lets shoppers check in with a smartphone app, grab sandwiches, salads and other items they want from shelves and leave without having to check out. Click here to edit the content

Source: www.bloomberg.com

Amazon.com Inc. opened two grocery pickup kiosks in Seattle, part of its latest effort to enter the $800 billion grocery market and compete with “click and collect” shopping options from big box competitors like Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Vending kiosk machine Vicki could compete with Amazon Go

vending kioskApple has Siri. Amazon has Alexa. This summer Tom Murn will have Vicki, a vending machine endowed with artificial intelligence that will be popping up in college cafeterias, drugstores, hospital waiting rooms and offices around town, and could change the way New Yorkers shop. Shaped like an iPhone but as big as a refrigerator, the device will neither take coins or cash nor drop a bag of potato chips into a slot. Users will instead open its glass door by way of an iris scan, a fingerprint impression or a phone or a credit card swipe and take a product off a shelf. The price will immediately appear on a screen above the door—and disappear if the product is put back down.

An ad for the item also might play on the screen. If shoppers have questions, Vicki will provide answers—as they try on sunglasses, wonder if a cookie is gluten-free or consider buying a high-tech toy they don’t know how to work. Vicki will even make hard-to-refuse offers, like suggesting a bottle of water—at half price—to go with a sandwich. Shutting the door completes the sale, with the customer being charged for the item(s).

“This is so much more than a vending machine,” said Murn, 51. “You can pick up [a product] and put it back. [The machine] can pull information from Facebook and say, ‘Happy birthday.’ It can do rewards. You can’t do any of that with a vending machine.”

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