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Amazon announces Amazon Small Business Academy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a range of Amazon Small Business Academy programs to help small businesses harness the power of the internet to reach more customers, build their brand, and grow sales. The initiatives includes in-person seminars, community college courses, and webinars.Today in Southaven, Mississippi near Memphis, Tenn., Amazon is hosting its first Amazon Small Business Academy event, featuring special guest speaker U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker. The free seminar will provide more than 100 attendees with insights, best practices, and how-to skills to start and grow a business online, or expand an existing business on the internet. The company’s next Amazon Small Business Academy seminar will be held in December, with more events planned for 2020.The Amazon Small Business Academy program also includes a grant to the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to help fund curriculum development and instruction of digital business courses in community college classrooms around the country. The classes will cover the fundamentals of online business strategies, marketing, merchandising, inventory management, and more. The curriculum will provide sixteen hours of beginner, intermediate and advanced content, created in collaboration with NACCE and the program’s lead schools: Lorain County Community College in Elyria near Cleveland, Ohio and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Classes will begin in February 2020 at the lead schools, as well as Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Mass.; State Center Community College District in partnership with Fresno City College, in Fresno, Calif.; Houston Community College in Houston, Texas; and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colo.The Amazon Small Business Academy program also offers webinars to help current and aspiring small business owners throughout the country gain digital skills. The online seminars will provide best practices for successful selling in Amazon stores and include live Q&A with experts. Registration is open for an initial webinar here.Altogether, U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses sell on average more than 4,000 items per minute in Amazon’s stores. Overall, independent third-party sellers – primarily small and medium-sized businesses – made up 58% of all physical gross merchandise sold in Amazon’s stores last year and their sales far exceeded $2 billion on Prime Day in July this year.In little more than a year, U.S. companies with products in Amazon Storefronts, a curated destination to shop exclusively from American small and medium-sized businesses, have sold more than 250 million items to more than 70 million unique customers.Amazon has released more than 150 tools and services in 2019 to help independent small and medium-sized businesses grow their sales online, which is part of the more than $15 billion the company is on track to invest this year in the success of its selling partners.Amazon recently announced the finalists for its first-ever Small Business Spotlight Awards, an awards program established this year to honor and celebrate top entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country selling in Amazon’s stores. Customers can vote for the winners through November 8.

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Altice USA to Launch Amazon Prime Video on Altice One

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 settembre 2019

Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announce plans to launch Amazon Prime Video on the Altice One entertainment and connectivity platform, providing seamless access to the entire Prime Video catalog, including Amazon Originals like 2019 Emmy-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Emmy-winning Fleabag and Emmy-nominated Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and new releases Carnival Row, Undone and Late Night to Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers across the country.Altice One is an ever-evolving platform that combines 4K video, high-speed broadband, powerful WiFi, and voice capabilities into a compact home hub with a personalized user interface, integrated access to streaming apps, and advanced search via a Bluetooth voice-activated remote control.With this launch, the Prime Video app with award-winning content will be available directly on Altice One and alongside a user’s live, on demand, and streaming video services included with Altice One. Additionally, the Prime Video content will be accessible via the Altice One voice-activated remote control.The integration of Prime Video is the latest enhancement to Altice One, which continues to evolve with new features and functionalities that simplify and improve the user experience, such as the recent launch of an all-new sports hub that gets fans to their must-see games faster and a refreshed home screen for faster navigation to popular live content.
This is the second innovative collaboration between Amazon and Altice USA; the two companies recently partnered on Altice Amplify, an industry-first intelligent home speaker that features high-fidelity audio from sound leader Devialet and Amazon Alexa Built-in for seamless smart home control, including control of Altice One.Altice One customers will have access to Prime Video in the coming months through the Prime Video app on the Altice One user interface and via the Amazon Prime Video mobile app. For more information on Altice One, click here in the Optimum region and here in the Suddenlink region.Prime Video includes thousands of popular movies and TV shows such as critically-acclaimed Amazon Originals including the Emmy Award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Boys, Homecoming, Hanna, Fleabag, Good Omens, Donald Glover’s Guava Island, the Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick and Cold War, and the critically-acclaimed Beautiful Boy and Late Night. Prime Video offers users exclusive features like X-Ray as well as access to 4K UHD titles included with Prime at no additional cost. With Prime Video users can also rent or purchase titles or choose from more than 150 Prime Video Channels including Showtime, HBO, NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, CBS All-Access, and STARZ.

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Amazon.it: “Un click per la Scuola”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 agosto 2019

L’iniziativa è rivolta a tutte le scuole dell’infanzia, primarie e secondarie di primo e di secondo grado del territorio nazionale. Con Un click per la Scuola, Amazon donerà alle scuole che aderiranno all’iniziativa un credito virtuale pari ad una percentuale degli acquisti di prodotti venduti e spediti da Amazon. Gli acquisti devono essere effettuati dai clienti che confermeranno la partecipazione all’iniziativa sul sito http://www.unclickperlascuola.it, scegliendo la scuola che desiderano supportare. Le scuole potranno utilizzare il credito virtuale accumulato per richiedere gratuitamente i doni di cui hanno bisogno, scegliendo da un ampio catalogo di oltre 1.000 prodotti, pensati per rispondere alle esigenze di studenti e docenti, tra cui attrezzature elettroniche, cancelleria, articoli sportivi, giochi, strumenti musicali, complementi d’arredo, accessori e altro ancora.
“La possibilità di supportare le scuole è un’opportunità che i nostri clienti ci hanno chiesto mentre devono sostenere le spese relative al rientro a scuola” afferma Giorgio Busnelli, responsabile della categoria Media per Amazon in Italia e in Spagna. “Con la nuova iniziativa di Amazon.it Un click per la Scuola siamo felici di supportare gli istituti scolastici che, grazie agli acquisti degli studenti e delle famiglie, potranno ricevere in dono prodotti utili alla propria scuola. Ad ulteriore conferma del nostro impegno a favore di studenti, famiglie e istituti scolastici, quest’anno parteciperemo al #DonoDay2019 Scuole realizzato dall’Istituto Italiano Donazione in collaborazione con il Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), supportando il primo roadshow del dono che coinvolgerà le scuole su tutto il territorio nazionale. Una bellissima iniziativa itinerante a cui ci uniremo per promuovere la formazione scientifica e informatica tra i ragazzi e soprattutto ragazze delle scuole primarie e secondarie”.
Inoltre, Amazon.it offre un’ulteriore opportunità di risparmio per il Ritorno a Scuola: tutti i clienti che acquistano un libro di testo insieme ad un’ulteriore spesa di almeno 20€ di prodotti idonei, riceveranno un buono regalo da 5€. L’offerta è valida fino alle ore 23:59 del 31 agosto 2019.

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Nel 2019 Amazon creerà 1.000 nuovi posti di lavoro in Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

Amazon ha annunciato oggi che creerà in Italia più di 1.000 posti di lavoro a tempo indeterminato entro la fine dell’anno: una crescita che porterà la forza lavoro dell’azienda a un totale di 6.500 dipendenti, rispetto ai 5.500 di fine 2018.
Queste nuove opportunità di lavoro sono destinate a persone con ogni tipo di esperienza, istruzione e livelli di competenza, dagli ingegneri e sviluppatori di software, dagli operatori di magazzino agli esperti di marketing, fino a coloro che sono alla ricerca della prima esperienza lavorativa.
Molti dei ruoli saranno disponibili anche nel nuovo centro di distribuzione che è stato aperto a Torrazza Piemonte (TO). Ulteriori posizioni saranno disponibili presso i centri di distribuzione già esistenti di Castel San Giovanni (PC), Passo Corese (RI) e Vercelli, presso il centro di smistamento di Casirate d’Adda (BG), il customer service di Cagliari, nei depositi di smistamento distribuiti in tutto il Paese e nel centro direzionale di Milano.Mariangela Marseglia, Country Manager Amazon Italia e Spagna, ha dichiarato: “I nostri investimenti in Italia stanno crescendo rapidamente e siamo entusiasti di poter creare nuovi posti di lavoro in tutto il Paese. Questi 1.000 nuovi colleghi ci supporteranno per migliorare ulteriormente l’esperienza dei nostri clienti: offrendo una selezione più ampia, maggiore convenienza e consegne più veloci sia per i prodotti venduti direttamente da Amazon, sia per quelli venduti dalle migliaia di PMI italiane e dagli artigiani che si affidano ad Amazon per espandere le proprie vendite in Italia e all’estero. Per raggiungere questi obiettivi, siamo impegnati a investire in un’infrastruttura logistica sempre più ampia, e a trovare talenti per le nostre diverse aree di business, inclusa la ricerca e sviluppo. Sappiamo di essere ancora al Day 1 e questo ci porta a moltiplicare il nostro impegno a innovare per i clienti e le piccole e medie imprese italiane”.

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Amazon and Seattle Public Schools Team Up to Bring Computer Science and Robotics to 30 Title I Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 giugno 2019

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Seattle Public Schools today announced a new partnership to bring computer science and robotics to up to 30 Title 1 Seattle Public Schools as part of the Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is providing each of the schools with an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics grant to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, with a focus on students from underrepresented and underserved communities. Each of the schools will receive support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher professional development to learn about robotics, support from Amazon to expand access to computer science education in their school, and a private tour of an Amazon robotics fulfillment center in Kent, Washington.The mission of FIRST, curriculum provider for Amazon Future Engineer Robotics grants, is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills to students in grades K-12. Data from a 5-year longitudinal study of FIRST by Brandeis University shows competitive FIRST robotics programs works for all youth. Across all demographic groups (gender, race, economic status and geography), FIRST students show significant gains in STEM knowledge, STEM interest, STEM career interest, STEM identity, and STEM activity compared to their peers who don’t participate. FIRST students are more likely to major in tech-focused science fields in college; by their second year of college, over 50 percent declare majors in engineering or technology. The impact on young women in FIRST is particularly profound. By their first year of college, female alumnae of FIRST are 3.6 times more likely to take an engineering course, and 1.9 times more likely to take a computer science course than female comparison students.Seattle Public Schools is committed to creating opportunities for students who have historically been the furthest from educational justice; these students have also been underrepresented in STEM careers. They recognize the positive impact the partnership will have on educators, teachers and coaches to learn new skills and new ways of applying standards-based teaching in a new environment.The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.More locally, the Washington Business Roundtable has reported that a large number of hundreds of thousands new jobs being generated in the Seattle area will be STEM-related. Moreover, the Puget Sound Business Journal stated in their January 6, 2016 edition that Washington isn’t producing enough qualified workers to supply talent-starved tech companies.Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.

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Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 Mag 2019

(Nasdaq:AMZN)—Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 20,000 Traditional Chinese language Kindle books with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and on Kindle devices. Starting today, readers will find a new selection of popular titles in the Kindle store including books from leading authors like Ni Kuang 倪匡, Qiong Yao 瓊瑤, Liu Cixin 劉慈欣 and Pai Hsien-Yung 白先勇, best-sellers like The World Between Us 我們與惡的距離 and You Are The Best 誰說一百分的妳,才是最好的自己, classics like Dream of the Red Chamber 紅樓夢 and Louis Cha Jing-yong Collections 金庸全集 as well as translated bestsellers like Dan Brown’s 丹布朗 Origin 起源, Keigo Higashino’s 東野圭吾 Masquerade Hotel 假面飯店, Hans Rosling’s 漢斯 羅斯林 Factfulness 真確 and George R. R. Martin’s 喬治馬丁 A Song of Ice and Fire Series 冰與火之歌系列. Customers can shop for Traditional Chinese language Kindle books on existing Amazon websites including http://www.amazon.com/TCBOOKS and http://www.amazon.ca/TCBOOKS.
Kindle customers can enjoy several features designed especially for a Traditional Chinese horizontal reading experience, including custom fonts and the ability to search in Traditional Chinese on your Kindle device. Customers using the free Kindle app can also select their menu options to be displayed in Traditional Chinese. Amazon has also brought the same Kindle features that customers around the world love to Traditional Chinese books, such as adjustable text size and margin settings, sampling books prior to purchase, searching text inside a book, and Whispersync so that you can seamlessly switch from reading in the Kindle app to reading on your Kindle device.

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Agenzia ICE e Amazon insieme a sostegno dell’imprenditoria italiana

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 Mag 2019

Agenzia ICE e Amazon annunciano oggi la sigla di un’intesa volta a sostenere le piccole e medie imprese italiane a sviluppare le vendite e promuovere la cultura e l’imprenditorialità italiana in Italia, Regno Unito, Francia, Germania, Spagna e Stati Uniti. L’accordo prevede la realizzazione di un piano di sviluppo per l’inserimento di nuove aziende e dei loro prodotti nella vetrina di Amazon dedicata esclusivamente al Made in Italy, per la formazione ed il supporto alle aziende nelle vendite online, e per attività di marketing che promuovano i prodotti ed accrescano le vendite all’estero.
Amazon ha iniziato a diventare un motore per la crescita delle piccole e medie imprese fin dal lancio, nel 2000, dei negozi per i venditori terzi. Oltre la metà di tutti i prodotti venduti sui siti Amazon nel mondo provengono da milioni di piccole e medie imprese, incluse le oltre 12.000 PMI italiane che hanno raggiunto la cifra record di oltre €500 milioni di vendite all’estero nel 2018, con una crescita costante di più del 50% anno su anno. Più del 70% di tutte le imprese italiane presenti su Amazon vendono all’estero ed il loro successo le ha portate a generare più di 10.000 posti di lavoro in Italia.
Questa intesa tra Agenzia ICE e Amazon si basa su tre aree chiave: recruiting di nuove aziende ed inserimento di nuovi prodotti nella vetrina Made in Italy di Amazon, formazione e supporto alle piccole e medie imprese italiane che hanno avuto accesso al progetto e sviluppo di attività di marketing per la promozione delle vendite online.Agenzia ICE e Amazon supporteranno centinaia di nuove aziende, principalmente piccole e medie imprese con sede legale in Italia e prodotti che rispettano i requisiti del Made in Italy, che saranno inserite all’interno della vetrina Made in Italy di Amazon. La collaborazione aiuterà queste nuove imprese ad avere visibilità su migliaia di nuovi prodotti disponibili nei diversi siti globali di Amazon, tra cui Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es e Amazon.com.Questi venditori riceveranno supporto attraverso eventi di formazione offline (eventi, roadshow) e online (webinar) guidati dalla presenza di esperti di Amazon. Inoltre, Amazon fornirà l’accesso a materiali consultabili online su come sviluppare al meglio il percorso di vendita online.Inoltre, l’Agenzia ICE finanzierà delle campagne di advertising digitale per queste aziende sui siti Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es e Amazon.com.Le aziende italiane interessate possono inviare la propria manifestazione di interesse al progetto compilando il form disponibile al link http://bit.do/icemodulo, fornendo informazioni relative alla propria attività. Inoltre, è possibile consultare il calendario delle tappe 2019 del Roadshow Italia per le Imprese al link https://www.roadshow.ice.it.
Da lunedì 13 maggio sarà disponibile una nuova esperienza d’acquisto per i clienti di Amazon all’interno della vetrina del Made in Italy. Oltre ad una rinnovata landing page, venditori e clienti beneficeranno delle migliorate sezioni “Cucina e cantina” (Food), “Casa e arredo” (Design), “Abiti e accessori” (Fashion) e “Bellezza e benessere” (Beauty), e delle sezioni regionali Sicilia, Piemonte, Calabria, Campania, Sardegna, Toscana, Bergamo e Vicenza e dintorni.

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Amazon Web Services Launches New Region in Sweden

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2018

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced the opening of the AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 60 Availability Zones across 20 infrastructure regions globally, with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, and South Africa all coming online by the first half of 2020. The AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region is AWS’s fifth in Europe, joining existing regions in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Tens of thousands of customers across the Nordics – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden – already use AWS. Starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the new AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region to run their applications in Sweden, serve end-users across the Nordics with lower latency, and leverage advanced technologies such as analytics, database, mobile services, serverless, and more, to drive innovation. Customers can get started today at: https://aws.amazon.com/local/nordics/“Since the early days of AWS, Nordic organizations have been using AWS’s cloud technologies to help reinvent entire industries, such as Supercell and Rovio in gaming, Scania and Volvo in automotive, and Nokia and Telenor in telecommunications,” said Andy Jassy, Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Web Services. “Tens of thousands of Nordic customers have been using AWS from regions around the world, but many have shared that they also wanted an AWS Region in the Nordics so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads for end-users in the Nordics while meeting any data sovereignty requirements. We’re excited to deliver our AWS Stockholm Region today to meet these customer requests.”The AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region offers three Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and are connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault-tolerance. Additionally, local AWS customers with data residency requirements can now store their content in Sweden with the assurance that their content will not move without consent, while customers building applications that comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now have access to another secure AWS infrastructure region in the European Union (EU) that meets the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.

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CTA Welcomes Amazon to Crystal City

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 novembre 2018

The following statement is attributed to Glenda MacMullin, COO and CFO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and chair of the Crystal City Business Improvement District, in response to CTA member Amazon selecting Arlington, VA’s Crystal City neighborhood as the location for its second headquarters: “CTA is thrilled Amazon is the newest member of Arlington’s growing tech community. Crystal City boasts a large, highly-skilled, driven workforce, with unparalleled access to Washington, DC’s world-class institutions, resources and thought leaders – making it the perfect match for Amazon’s mission and goals. It’s no wonder Virginia is a four-time Innovation Champion according to our biannual state Innovation Scorecard.”For the last 12 years, CTA, producer of the annual tech event CES, has been one of the few building owners and among the most active companies in Crystal City, and we have been eager to grow the area’s innovation beyond the defense sector. Being so close to our nation’s capital and all its resources, as well as an increasingly sustainable community with a hard-working population, Arlington County will be the bedrock from which Amazon grows its success and innovates for the future.”

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Report “Synergies take center stage” di The Boston Consulting Group

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 novembre 2018

Walmart e Amazon. Messi uno di fronte all’altro, questi due “pesi massimi” dell’economia globale potrebbero essere visti come i contendenti di un match che, anziché sotto le luci del Madison Square Garden, si svolge all’ombra del toro di Wall Street, e al posto dei guantoni si misura attraverso proposte di nuove sinergie e acquisizioni. Oggi più che mai, infatti, sembrano essere questi i cardini della scena economica mondiale. Lo rileva il report “Synergies take center stage” di The Boston Consulting Group, che monitorando i dati relativi al primo semestre del 2018 certifica come l’attività di M&A sia in crescita rispetto alla media del periodo 2009-2017 e poco distante dall’anno record 2015.
Si parla, in cifre assolute, di 1.700 miliardi di dollari di valore con oltre 16mila scambi totali, di cui 22 megadeal, ovvero affari che superano la soglia dei 10 miliardi di dollari. Tra questi, appunto, c’è l’acquisizione da parte di Walmart del colosso indiano del commercio elettronico Flipkart. Un’acquisizione da 16 miliardi di dollari, ottenuta proprio battendo l’offerta di Amazon. Si tratta di un’operazione significativa sia per il nome delle realtà coinvolte, sia perché esemplifica in maniera precisa le tendenze di un momento storico nel quale le acquisizioni e le sinergie si stanno affermando come la strada maestra per rimanere competitivi sul mercato anche uscendo da quelle che sono le proprie tradizionali capacità e i propri mercati di riferimento. Attraverso Flipkart, Walmart punta infatti a potenziare la sue capacità di e-commerce e a raggiungere una maggiore presenza in un mercato emergente e potenzialmente ricco come quello indiano.Anche l’Italia ha avuto tra il 2017 e il 2018 il suo megadeal con l’acquisto, da parte di Atlantia, del colosso spagnolo Albertis Infraestructuras (valore dell’accordo oltre 22 miliardi di dollari). Questa operazione, unita per esempio a quella che nel 2017 ha visto fondersi Essilor International e il gruppo Luxottica, ha contribuito a far segnare livelli record nelle M&A anche per il nostro paese. Secondo la ricerca di BCG, infatti, in Italia il volume degli accordi ha proseguito la sua tendenza al rialzo e il valore complessivo ha toccato, nel primo semestre di quest’anno, il picco massimo dall’inizio della crisi finanziaria.Questa nuova centralità delle operazioni M&A, naturalmente, non è priva di conseguenze. Prima tra tutte il sensibile rialzo delle valutazioni medie degli obiettivi di possibili acquisizioni, in costante crescita e, mediamente, superiore a quanto non fosse al culmine della bolla dot-com nel 1999, o prima del crollo di Lehman Brothers nel 2008. Gli azionisti, d’altra parte, continuano a premiare le operazioni di acquisizione, forti del fatto che, negli ultimi anni, il mercato ha reagito in controtendenza rispetto al modello storico, garantendo un ritorno positivo all’annuncio di sinergie e acquisizioni. Unendo questi due fattori (l’aumento delle valutazioni medie degli obiettivi di acquisizione e il ruolo cardine che le acquisizioni stesse sembrano avere nel mercato di oggi) diventa evidente come uno dei principali compiti di chi promuove nuove operazioni di M&A sia quello di convincere i consigli di amministrazione delle realtà coinvolte che i vantaggi della futura sinergia giustificano la valutazione elevata.
Sebbene il momento sia ancora positivo, infatti, i campanelli di allarme non mancano, specie valutando le reazioni a lungo termine, che indicano come gli investitori stiano diventando scettici sulla reale capacità delle società di mantenere le loro promesse sempre più audaci. Il CAR, ovvero la somma dei rendimenti anormali (cioè differenti dalla media) registrata durante i giorni della contrattazione, segna infatti un dato positivo (+0,3 nel 2017, contro il -0,8% di media tra il 1990 e il 2016), ma il beneficio non si protrae a lungo nel tempo. Inoltre, se in passato i compratori mantenevano due terzi del valore delle sinergie attese, ricompensando in questo modo il rischio che si assumevano, nel mercato di oggi gli acquirenti si accontentano di mantenere la metà del potenziale di sinergia, lasciando una fetta maggiore della torta (e del rischio) agli investitori esterni.Da ciò risulta evidente come sia più che mai importante, per chi è chiamato a prendere le decisioni finali su acquisizioni e sinergie, essere in grado di determinare rapidamente se le stime proposte siano effettivamente realistiche e realizzabili, garantendo, come minimo, che il valore delle sinergie (dopo costi una tantum e imposte) sia sufficiente per giustificare il premio di acquisizione pagato agli azionisti dell’azienda target. Serve un approccio rigoroso, che comincia con la creazione di un “clean team” che scambi e analizzi le informazioni riservate, sviluppando inoltre un “piano di pieno potenziale” che acceleri l’integrazione postmerger.Allo stesso tempo, diventa essenziale comunicare efficacemente a mercati e investitori il potenziale che l’operazione può avere, così da preservare quel ritorno positivo all’indomani dell’annuncio di cui si è detto in precedenza. A questo deve seguire un costante aggiornamento sui progressi e il raggiungimento degli obiettivi, dato che si è visto come gli investitori premino le aziende che forniscono comunicazioni di follow-up con rendimenti più elevati. Lo sforzo richiesto è sicuramente maggiore rispetto al passato, perché, viste le valutazioni record raggiunte, gli acquirenti devono raddoppiare i propri sforzi per garantire che le società unite generino valore attraverso le sinergie e siano quindi considerate più importanti della somma delle loro parti: una stima accurata della sinergia, un processo rigoroso e controllato, una comunicazione costante e precisa sono fattori essenziali e determinanti affinché le audaci, ma realistiche, promesse raccolgano i frutti reali di un’integrazione che crea valore.

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ARC Selects Amazon Web Services to Accelerate Transformation

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 luglio 2018

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was selected by ARC to enhance its ability to deliver on all of the key requirements of ARC’s long-term transformation program. AWS will provide a secure foundation on which ARC will deliver its future data and an enhanced settlement product. AWS’s industry-leading cloud services will allow ARC to provide improved functionality that supports new distribution models and relationships between airlines and agencies. Moving to the cloud will let ARC increase capacity as the business scales without waiting until it is procured, delivered and installed. Working with AWS will also allow for more software flexibility. “This platform, with AWS at the core, will permit ARC to meet the needs of our agency and airline customers today and in the future,” said ARC’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dickie Oliver. “ARC will be able to deliver the products and services our customers desire at a pace that matches their needs and will drastically improve ARC’s technology service capabilities.” Massimo Morin, head of worldwide business development, travel at AWS commented, “We are seeing an acceleration of cloud adoption in the travel vertical. Market leaders like ARC are joining the family of travel companies that have chosen to use AWS to transform their businesses and innovate on behalf of their customers. We look forward to working with ARC on their mass migration to AWS, and enabling them to take advantage of the breadth and depth of AWS services like machine learning and artificial intelligence to build new cloud-based products at a faster pace.”

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Amazon Publishing’s Abigail Strom, author of Tell Me, Wins Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

TellMe.jpgAbigail Strom’s novel, Tell Me, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length. Tell Me was published in 2017 by Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance imprint.The RITA Awards honor excellence in published romance fiction; Strom is a first-time finalist.“I am humbled and thrilled to be a finalist among so many talented writers,” said Strom.Strom’s Tell Me, book one in her Love Me series, is an emotional tale about an unlikely pair who discover an unexpected new beginning. Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She’s made peace with it, unlike Sam’s business partner, Caleb, who’s always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Jane and Caleb have never had much in common, except for Sam. But when tragedy strikes, Jane and Caleb set out on a dramatic journey to honor Sam’s memory, and the attraction they’ve denied for years ignites into flame. “Congratulations to Abigail on this outstanding acknowledgment,” said Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “We are delighted to see Abigail and Tell Me honored with this award, and look forward to connecting more readers with Tell Me.” Finalists for the 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length include Sandra Marton’s The F-Word; Priscilla Oliveras’s His Perfect Partner; Sharla Lovelace’s Lucky Charmed; Roxanne St. Claire’s New Leash on Life; Kelly Moran’s Redemption; Teri Wilson’s Royally Wed; Vanessa North’s Summer Stock; Maria Geraci’s This Can’t Be Love; and Bella Andre’s You Do Something to Me. Show Me, book two in Strom’s Love Me series, was published in January 2018. (photo copyright Business Wire tell me)

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Nel 2018 Amazon creerà 1.700 nuovi posti di lavoro in Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 luglio 2018

Amazon ha annunciato oggi che creerà 1.700 posti di lavoro a tempo indeterminato in Italia entro la fine dell’anno, permettendole di superare i 5.200 dipendenti, dai 3.500 di fine 2017. Queste nuove opportunità di lavoro sono destinate a persone con ogni tipo di esperienza, istruzione e livelli di competenza, dagli ingegneri e sviluppatori di software agli operatori di magazzino. Molti dei ruoli sono disponibili nei nuovi centri di distribuzione che sono stati aperti nell’autunno 2017 a Passo Corese (RI) e a Vercelli così come nel centro di distribuzione Amazon già esistente a Castel San Giovanni (PC), nel Customer Service di Cagliari, nel Centro di Sviluppo di Torino e nella nuova sede direzionale a Milano. Dal 2010 Amazon ha investito oltre 1,6 miliardi di euro per sviluppare le sue attività in Italia.
Recentemente Amazon si è trasferita nella nuova sede di Milano che ospiterà oltre 600 dipendenti a tempo indeterminato entro la fine dell’anno. Il nuovo edificio, composto da due strutture – di 9 e 6 piani per un totale di 17.500 mq nel cuore del distretto di Porta Nuova – offre un ambiente ideale per attrarre e trattenere i migliori talenti e supportare la crescita. Amazon è alla ricerca di un’ampia molteplicità di posizioni corporate e Amazon Web Services, dagli account manager retail, agli specialisti del cloud, fino agli account manager che aiutano le piccole e medie imprese (PMI) ad aumentare le loro vendite su Amazon; così come ingegneri, solution architect, tech evangelist e molti altri.
Amazon continua, inoltre, ad assumere per il suo Centro di Sviluppo a Torino focalizzato sulla ricerca sul riconoscimento vocale e la comprensione del linguaggio naturale che supporterà la tecnologia già utilizzata per l’assistente vocale Alexa per servizi e prodotti come Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV e i tablet Amazon Fire.
Dopo l’apertura di due nuovi centri di distribuzione a Passo Corese e Vercelli e di cinque depositi di smistamento in tutta Italia nel 2017, Amazon ha aperto quest’anno tre nuovi depositi di smistamento – a Buccinasco (Milano), Burago (Monza e Brianza) e Roma – e aprirà un nuovo centro di smistamento a Casirate (Bergamo). Oltre all’assunzione di responsabili operativi, ingegneri, specialisti nelle risorse umane, specialisti IT e di operatori che prelevano, imballano e spediscono gli ordini dei clienti, l’azienda sta assumendo anche ruoli altamente qualificati per il Tech Center di Vercelli focalizzati sul l’implementazione di processi tecnologici dei nostri centri di distribuzione.
Fred Pattje, Amazon Operations Director per l’Italia e la Spagna, ha dichiarato: “La continua creazione di posti di lavoro a tempo indeterminato nei nostri centri di distribuzione e il nuovo Tech Hub a Vercelli sono una dimostrazione dell’impegno di Amazon in Italia. Questa espansione ci consentirà di migliorare ulteriormente il nostro servizio ai clienti e alle piccole imprese italiane che utilizzano il nostro sito web per far crescere i loro ricavi in Europa. Allo stesso tempo, Amazon si impegna a garantire un ambiente di lavoro ottimale per i dipendenti, con opportunità di sviluppo professionale, retribuzioni competitive e benefit”.Tutti i dipendenti Amazon che lavorano nei centri di distribuzione, nel customer service o negli uffici corporate ricevono una retribuzione competitiva e un pacchetto completo di benefit, compresa l’assicurazione medica privata dal primo giorno di lavoro, assicurazione sulla vita, uno sconto per acquisti su Amazon e un piano pensionistico aziendale. Amazon offre inoltre ai dipendenti dei centri di distribuzione un programma innovativo chiamato Career Choice che copre per quattro anni fino al 95% dei costi della retta e dei libri per corsi di formazione scelti dal personale, fino ad un massimo di 8.000 euro. Venditori indipendenti offrono su Amazon una varietà di prodotti nuovi, usati, rinnovati e da collezione. Gli artigiani possono vendere le proprie creazioni originali alle centinaia di milioni di clienti Amazon in tutto il mondo, utilizzando il negozio Handmade. Il negozio Made in Italy apre le porte dei laboratori artigiani in Toscana, Sardegna, Calabria, Campania, Piemonte, Sicilia e nelle province di Bergamo e Vicenza ai clienti di Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon. de, Amazon.co.uk, Anmazon.com e Amazon.jp.

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Amazon Launches Support for Arabic Language Books on Kindle

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 giugno 2018

(NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 12,000 Arabic language Kindle books on Kindle devices and the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Fire Tablets. Starting today, readers will find a large digital selection of popular Arabic language titles in the Kindle Store including books from leading authors like Naguib Mahfouz, and Nizar Qabani, best-sellers like Al Aswad Yaliko Biki and Harbo Alkalbi Athania (winner of the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction), classics like Ibn Khaldoun’s Muqadimah, Al-Mutanabbi’s anthology, and Kalila wa Dimna as well as translated English language bestsellers like How to Win Friends and Influence People, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, A Tale of Two Cities and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Customers can shop for Arabic language Kindle books on existing Amazon websites including http://www.amazon.com/KindleArabic. “We are excited to make Arabic language Kindle books available to the hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers around the world,” said David Naggar, Vice President of Kindle. “This is another step in our ongoing work to provide more choice and selection to readers.” Amazon has brought the same Kindle features that customers around the world love to Arabic language reading. With the Kindle app and Kindle devices, you can sample books prior to purchase, easily look up words in a dictionary, personalize your reading experience by adjusting text size, margin settings, and background color, search text inside a book, and highlight your favorite book quotes.

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Brand Embassy teams with Amazon Web Services

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 marzo 2018

San Francisco, CA. Brand Embassy announced their cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS), allowing Brand Embassy to improve their Digital Customer Service software by offering more stability, speed, and data security. For Brand Embassy, the benefits of this relationship with Amazon Web Services are clear:Security of data: Data security is a priority for AWS, and Brand Embassy gets the benefit of a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.
Speed: AWC’s international network of high-speed data centers will help Brand Embassy operate faster and more efficiently than ever.
Stability & Compliance: AWC’s cloud computing solution brings unparalleled stability to Brand Embassy’s operations, compliant to global market requirements.
As an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner, Brand Embassy is complementing the part of AWS that specializes in cloud-based contact center solutions with a fully digital and agile omnichannel customer care solution, offering superior UI (User Interface) for improving customer experience and agent productivity in the enterprise and SME sector. Through APN, Brand Embassy will be able to develop successful AWS cloud-based businesses and a sturdy SaaS platform by having access to comprehensive business, technical, marketing and go-to-market support.
Brand Embassy is spearheading the digital customer care segment by being the most agile omnichannel platform for digital customer service. Besides unparalleled ease and speed of integration, Brand Embassy offers the best agent and customer-care interface for the enterprise sector, improving both customer experience and agent productivity. At the same time Brand Embassy is helping enterprises with CRM systems to expand their communication channels, beyond just call-centres, to scalable digital platforms for communicating with their customers.

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Enerray delivers 964kWp solar rooftop to global US e-commerce giant Amazon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 gennaio 2018

bolognaBologna. Global turnkey solar developer and O&M provider Enerray has designed and installed a 965 kWp rooftop PV system to the global e-commerce giant, at its new logistics center in Passo Corese, central Italy. The clean electricity produced at the site will be used to power the facility’s operations, delivering an impressive annual rate of return over 20 years of 11.4%.
Enerray has completed a photovoltaic (PV) system on the rooftop of a logistics center operated by the US-headquartered global e-commerce giant, located in Passo Corese, in Italy’s Rieti province.
The PV system has a capacity of 964 kWp. It utilizes 3,200 monocrystalline solar modules. All the energy produced by the solar array will be consumed onsite, delivering a return on investment in only 5.5 years.The global e-commerce giant, chose Rieti province to build the new logistic center to supply customers in southern and central Italy. The next-generation multilevel structure is well suited to PV deployment, allowing for high levels of self-consumption of electricity produced by a solar array during daylight hours.Engineering 2K was selected as general contractor on the logistics center construction project. Engineering 2K then chose Enerray to develop the major photovoltaic system on rooftop, based on Enerray’s expertise in commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects, and the high level of innovation displayed by the company’s experienced solar team.“It’s an important acknowledgment of Italian professionalism and of our company in the PV sector – said Michele Scandellari, CEO of Seci Energia holding, Enerray’s parent company. “The logistics center located in Rieti province is the result of massive investments in innovation and technology made by this global e-commerce giant, and we are so proud to be seen as the Italian company up to this challenging task”.The new logistic center in Rieti province covers 160,000 square meters, 8,500 square meters of which is dedicated to offices. The rooftop photovoltaic system covers a 5,230 square meters area.
The financial returns on the PV project are particularly impressive, indicating the strong outlook for C&I solar installations in Italy in the future. The PV plant should generate an annual return rate, after 20 years, equal to 11.4%, for a discounted net value of over €8.3 million.
Enerray was founded in 2007 and headquartered in Bologna. With a full focus in photovoltaics, since 2011 the Company launched a very important internationalization process, undertaken thanks to its worldwide approach and by establishing 11 foreign branches. To date Enerray has created more than 240 photovoltaic systems, including 500 MWp installed and other 350 under construction, among which 400 MWp under direct management, allowing a reduction in CO2 of more than 350 tons per year. http://www.enerray.com

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ASUS Laptops Ready for Amazon Alexa in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 gennaio 2018

ASUS ZenBookCES — ASUS today announced at CES® 2018 that select models in its upcoming 2018 range of ZenBook and VivoBook laptops1 will feature support for Amazon Alexa, ushering in a new era of voice-based interaction for PC users.“Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We’re delighted that ASUS will bring the Alexa experience to its laptop models – providing hands-free voice capabilities, and tens of thousands of skills, to PC customers at their desks and on-the-go.”ASUS is passionate about innovation, constantly striving to create devices that help deliver a seamless digital life for all our customers. The combination of Alexa cloud-based technology and sophisticated audio hardware on ASUS laptops will offer users a new and effortless way to interact with their devices, enhancing their experiences in productivity, entertainment and smart-home management wherever they are. At home or on the go, with Alexa, users can perform thousands of tasks using intuitive and natural voice commands, including managing calendars and to-do lists, listening to music and audiobooks, controlling smart home devices and much more.“ASUS truly embraces our company’s slogan; ‘in search of incredible,’ and it is something that we aspire to bring to our customers; a truly incredible experience,” said Steve Chang, President of ASUS North America. “We do this by continuing to introduce innovation, as well as by improving technology and user experience. Combining Alexa with ASUS PCs will allow customers to complete a variety of formerly complex tasks, simply by speaking. This allows customers greater efficiency and allows them to spend more time on their own passions; to search for their own incredible.” (photo: ASUS ZenBook)

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The iDevices® Instinct™ Embeds Amazon Alexa into the Walls of Homes

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 gennaio 2018

iDevices InstinctiDevices, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, is integrating voice service capabilities directly into the walls of any room. When a standard light switch is replaced with the Instinct, users gain the functionality of a smart light switch, standalone voice assistant, ambient light sensor and motion detector — all in one product.
“The iDevices Instinct is a breakthrough in the smart home industry. It represents the next evolution in our extensive line of premium connected solutions,” said Chris Allen, president of iDevices. “The Instinct is one of many innovations to come from iDevices, forever changing the home as we know it.”
With the Instinct, users can not only manage connected products, but also listen to music, find a new recipe and get the news with premium sound by Soen® Audio. Motion and light sensors allow users to automate lights and receive custom alerts, providing energy savings and peace of mind.The Instinct works in concert with iDevices’ extensive line of smart home solutions and other Alexa-enabled products like the Amazon Echo. The Instinct’s lighting functions can also be controlled with the iDevices Connected app, Siri® and the Google Assistant. With over-the-air updates, the Instinct is futureproof, meaning users will always have the latest technology installed throughout their home.
The intentionally traditional design of the Instinct fits into the décor of any room, and its voice-activated LED ring lights up to reveal its hidden intelligence. As with all iDevices products, the Instinct is hub-free and compatible with iOS and Android. The iDevices Instinct will be available in 2018. (photo: iDevices Instinct)

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Is Artificial Intelligence Now Advanced Enough For Us to Regulate It?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 dicembre 2017

Artificial IntelligenceSingularity. It’s discussed by futurists and by scientists. Then there are the rest of us grappling to get our heads around the “reality” that within a decade or so, Artificial Intelligence will change everything.CMRubinWorld recently asked Millennials around the world to answer this question: Do we need to regulate AI now before it becomes a danger to humanity?“We are experiencing a time where five companies are holding most of the economical (and even political) power in the world: Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft,” stresses Reetta Heiskanen “We should think about fundamental questions: what are the elements that make human a human? And what are the ingredients that help us execute our own, individual potential?” Sajia Darwish comments, “It is crucial to control the power and availability of AI in order to prevent the dominance of powerful companies with large amounts of data and funding,” and Wilson Carter states, “it saddens me to think that a technology that could improve the lives of billions, like implementing autonomous farming to ensure all of the world’s peoples are sufficiently fed, is being warped into creating new age killing machines.” The Millennial Bloggers can be found all around the world. They are innovators and are dedicated to education, their merits can be seen throughout their efforts to educate and lead. The Millennial Bloggers are Alusine Barrie, Sajia Darwish, James Kernochan, Kamna Kathuria, Jacob Deleon Navarrete, Reetta Heiskanen, Shay Wright, Isadora Baum, Wilson Carter III, Francisco Hernandez, Erin Farley, Dominique Alyssa Dryding, Harry Glass, Harmony Siganporia and Bonnie Chiu.
CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced hundreds of interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done. (photo: website-graphic)

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AWS Announces Amazon Sumerian

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 novembre 2017

Customers in many industries are adopting VR and AR technologies to build realistic virtual environments, or overlay virtual objects on the real world, for a range of applications, including training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced online shopping experiences, virtual house or land tours, and much more. Until now, creating realistic virtual environments, or “scenes,” required specialized skills and the use of multiple different tools for disciplines such as 3D modeling, environmental design, animation, lighting effects, audio editing, and more. And then, once a VR or AR application is ready, developers must learn and implement unique specifications and deployment processes for each of the major hardware providers. Amazon Sumerian solves these challenges by providing a web-based editor that developers can use to easily and quickly create professional-quality scenes, and a visual scripting tool to build the logic that controls how the objects and characters in the scenes behave and respond to actions. Amazon Sumerian also makes it easy to build scenes where rich, natural interactions between objects, characters, and users occur through the use of AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon DynamoDB.

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