Top Amazon stories in September
With October now upon us, Inside Amazon takes a look at the most interesting headlines from last month:
- Amazon received federal approval to deliver packages by drone, starting with commercial trials. The company envisions using drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less within 7.5 miles of its warehouses worldwide. However, Bloomberg reports that routine deliveries are likely years away because of regulatory hurdles.
- A state bill that would hold electronic retail marketplaces liable for defective products will not advance in the California legislature, putting the concept on hold for now. The announcement comes after Etsy, eBay, and others accused Amazon of abusing its market power by supporting the latest version of AB 3262, which would hold them to the same liability rules as brick-and-mortar retailers.
- The FBI is worried that Amazon Ring users could use the service to watch police and even warn them when officers show up to search their homes. This is according to a leaked report spotted by The Intercept, which found that the FBI is concerned that the camera-equipped smart home devices could reveal officer locations in standoffs...