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New themed Amazon pop-up stores built on consumer data

After closing some 90 pop-up stores over the course of last year, Amazon appears ready to take another stab at the concept with plans to open a chain of themed Amazon pop-up stores with inventory in each store being regularly swapped out as part of rotating themes.

The company has established, or is in the process of establishing, five Amazon pop-up stores this year in or around major metropolitan areas including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Chicago. The sixth location will be in Seattle, next door to Amazon’s corporate headquarters and an Amazon 4-star store, as the company continues its experiment to find the right mix of physical locations. According to Amazon’s website, the new retail stores will serve as “physical extensions of Amazon.com.”

One example of a theme in the Las Vegas store is a focus on cameras. Other themes that have been explored in Amazon pop-up stores include Barbie’s 50th anniversary, Marvel’s Avengers, an Audible reading room, the Food Network and a holiday toy list.

Amazon stores built on consumer data

Amazon’s themed physical stores add to the 26 Amazon Go locations in place or being renovated, 22 Amazon Books stores, 18 Amazon 4-star stores, two AmazonFresh Pickup stores and hundreds of Whole Foods stores. In the next month or two Amazon is set to debut a new chain of grocery stores in the Los Angeles area.

“Amazon is continually iterating with its physical locations, so it will be interesting to see where they end up landing with these different formats,” said Thomas O’Connor, a senior director with Gartner. “They can leverage all the data collected in these stores to more clearly see where there is an opportunity [to] further scale out.  Also, it is another opportunity to go after shoppers who don’t yet have Amazon Prime memberships.”

Another analyst agreed that data, again, will play an integral role in the potential success of the latest Amazon pop-up stores. Not only can Amazon collect more specific data on what customers prefer in certain locations, but the company can apply data it already has in hand about what customers might prefer in a certain zip codes with data collected as part of its 4-star store launches.

This fits the method of operation Jeff Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment. That’s what these themed pop-up stores say to me.
Guy CourtinFormer vice president of industry strategy, Infor

“This fits the method of operation [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos has of taking data and not being afraid to experiment; that’s what these themed pop-up stores says to me,” said Guy Courtin, a former vice president of industry strategy at Infor. “He’ll use the demographic data in those areas he wants to put in (a pop-up store), and if it does well then great, he’ll milk those revenues. If it doesn’t do well, he will pull the plug quickly. It’s a bit like the Halloween stores that pop up for Halloween season and then they’re gone,” he said.

The new pop-up stores remind Courtin of the kiosks companies such as AT&T and Verizon set up in malls to sign up random customers for their respective cellular services, only Amazon is looking to sign up customers for Prime memberships, products and services.

“Once they get you in the store, they are looking to sell you on [Amazon] Prime giving you access to their streaming video and music services, along with whatever themed products they have in a particular store,” Courtin said. “They [Amazon] are masters at locating and capturing new revenue streams.”

Amazon’s themed pop-ups give malls hope

With many mall management companies desperate for revenues from renters, Courtin and other analysts believe Amazon’s pop-up stores will be welcome additions — even if they only stay for a few months at a time and continually swap out inventories with every “theme” change.

“Mall management companies are losing their big anchor tenants like a Sears and others,” Courtin said. “If I’m a mall management company and can get Amazon in there for even two or three months, not only will Amazon benefit, but a dozen other stores right next to the Amazon stores will benefit. Also, it gives mall management companies the opportunity to look more modern to have a giant retailer in their location,” he said.

According to the company’s latest earnings report, physical stores account for about 6% of Amazon’s $70 billion in revenue.

Amazon officials declined to provide comment for this story.

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July 2019 Xbox Update Delivers New Features for Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Skill for Alexa – Xbox Wire

Summer is here which means sunshine, cookouts and of course, gaming with friends after a long day outside. Team Xbox has been busy cooking up new features for the July 2019 Xbox Update, which begins rolling out today. This update includes a new way to interact with Xbox Game Pass, additional countries for the Xbox Skill for Alexa, and new Xbox Skill for Alexa voice commands. Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

New features for Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 high-quality games on PC and console, available to download and play at full fidelity for one low-monthly price. Today, we’re rolling a new way to manage your Xbox Game Pass collection.

  • Play later – Play later enables you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog for you to come back to on your time, making it even easier to find your next game. Manage your collection from your Xbox console or the Game Pass mobile app and download your games when you’re ready.

Xbox Skill for Alexa – More countries and new voice commands

Last fall, we expanded voice control support by introducing the Xbox Skill for Alexa, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Alexa-enabled devices. Today we are adding more supported countries and new Alexa voice commands to see what’s happening on Xbox Game Pass and check in with your Xbox Live friends.

  • More countries – We heard our fans around the world loud and clear that they wanted Xbox Skill for Alexa support in their country. Today, we are excited to be adding support for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Click here to learn how to set up the Xbox Skill for Alexa.
  • New Alexa voice commands for Xbox Game Pass and more – Have you always wanted to be able to use your voice to find out the latest games in Xbox Game Pass? Good news, so have we! The July 2019 Xbox Update introduces the ability to find out what’s new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what’s leaving the catalog, and more; simply by asking Alexa. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what’s new on Game Pass?”Want to stay up-to-date with what your friends are doing on Xbox? You can ask Alexa who’s online, what your friends are playing, and more. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?”

    Finally, you are now able to start pairing your controller with your Xbox from the convenience of your couch. Just say, “Alexa, ask Xbox to pair my controller.” to put your console into pairing mode!

    For a full list of what you can say, check out this link.

These updates are based on feedback from our Xbox Insiders who have helped to shape these features. A huge thank you to all our Xbox Insiders for your valuable input and continued participation. If you’d like to help define the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today and share your ideas at the Xbox Ideas Hub. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes and to learn more. Enjoy the July Update and happy gaming!

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For Sale – Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM 2x4GB 3600Mhz

Hi guys,

I started to build a new computer for myself over the course of the last 6 months while moving house, and by the time it was finished I ended up getting 16GB.

So, here you go! the fan has never been used, and the RAM has been used for a few months.

2x 4GB sticks, max 3600 Mhz. On my new system I had them at 3200 mhz on an x470 board and 3000 on a previous b350 board.

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For Sale – Corsair Vengeance 8GB 3600Mhz

Hi guys,

I started to build a new computer for myself over the course of the last 6 months while moving house, and by the time it was finished I ended up getting 16GB.

So, here you go! the fan has never been used, and the RAM has been used for a few months.

2x 4GB sticks, max 3600 Mhz. On my new system I had them at 3200 mhz on an x470 board and 3000 on a previous b350 board.

Price and currency: £100
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For Sale – Corsair Vengeance 8GB 3600Mhz

Hi guys,

I started to build a new computer for myself over the course of the last 6 months while moving house, and by the time it was finished I ended up getting 16GB.

So, here you go! the fan has never been used, and the RAM has been used for a few months.

2x 4GB sticks, max 3600 Mhz. On my new system I had them at 3200 mhz on an x470 board and 3000 on a previous b350 board.

Price and currency: £100
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Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Redcar
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4- SOLD

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

Intel 3570 @3.4Ghz OC’d to 3.8 – £75 – pp £2.50

Price and currency: priced Individually
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For Sale – Desktop Components

From a no longer used gaming desktop. All working of course and in good condition. Postage after individual price

4 x 4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengence DDR3 @ £20 each or £70 for 4 – pp £3 for 4

4 x 120mm Corsair Blue LED Fans – £12 the lot pp £3.00

Samsung Evo 840 250GB SSD – £55 – pp £2.50

Intel 3570 @3.4Ghz OC’d to 3.8 – £75 – pp £2.50

Price and currency: priced Individually
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included & UK only
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Basinsgtoke
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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