Burning issue: how fashion’s love of leather is fuelling the fires in the Amazon

Devastation … an Amazon blaze this week. Photograph: Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images The level of destruction is almost impossible to fathom. About 41,000 fires have been recorded by scientists in the Brazilian Amazon since January, with more than half of those in the past three weeks – hence the apocalyptic headlines. Every minute, the equivalent of a football field and a half of the so-called lungs of the Earth is incinerated. The rainforest isn’t just totemic, we know that the future stability of the climate rests on preserving it. To be an onlooker…

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Amazon to foray into food delivery space with Prime Now

Amazon India has long been eyeing the food delivery business in India. As per market reports, the e-commerce giant’s Prime membership plan had logged more than 10 million users in the country in 2018 and Amazon is confident that the addition of a food delivery segment to its Prime offering will not only bring in more daily users but also boost the number of transactions. People aware of the company’s plans told The Times of India that Prime Now, Amazon’s two-hour grocery delivery platform, could be the primary vehicle for…

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Amazon has explored getting into consumer health diagnostics — testing for disease at home

Leonard Ortiz | Digital First Media | Getty Images Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees that are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration, to honor the [email protected], a group of employees who have served in the military and their spouses, in an event outside a hanger at the Long Beach Airport in Long Beach on Monday, November 12, 2018. The event included the unveiling Amazon’s 40th airplane named Valor in honor of the group. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County…

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Amazon and ASOS quizzed by lawmakers over ‘fast fashion’ sustainability

Bloomberg | Getty Images Completed customer orders sit in a trolley at Asos Plc’s distribution warehouse in Barnsley, U.K. Lawmakers in the U.K. have questioned online “fast fashion” retailers about the impact of their production processes on workers and the environment. Mary Creagh, chair of the U.K. government’s Environmental Audit Committee, wrote to five online-only fashion retailers — including global firms Amazon and ASOS — to request information on areas including staff wages, the life-cycle of the garments sold, and steps being taken to reduce the environmental and social impact…

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale to Rival Amazon Great India Sale, Offers on Mobiles Detailed

HIGHLIGHTS Flipkart Republic Day sale is scheduled for January 21-23 It will see discounts on categories like electronics, fashion, home decor The Flipkart sale will clash with Amazon Great Indian Sale Flipkart has announced its Republic Day Sale just a day after arch rival Amazon revealed the dates of the next edition of its Great Indian Sale. No surprises for guessing, the two e-commerce sales will clash: the Flipkart sale will begin on January 21 and end on January 23, while the Amazon sale will begin the same day but end on January 24. Popular products such…

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Amazon to Start Selling Kindle, Fire, and Other Devices at Whole Foods

You may see more of Amazon inside Whole Foods soon: The online retailer, which has already been selling its voice-activated Echo speakers at Whole Foods, will start to sell Kindles, Fire tablets and other Amazon devices at its grocery stores. The move gives Amazon, which bought Whole Foods this summer for $13.7 billion, another place where shoppers can touch or try out its gadgets during the holiday shopping season. As part of Amazon’s putting its stamp on the grocer, Whole Foods stores displayed promotions for Amazon’s Echo speaker in tongue-in-cheek fashion, with signs reading…

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You’ve Never Heard Of Fexy, Amazon Prime’s Newest Food Partner

As it moves more aggressively into the food sector, Amazon is partnering with several well-established websites devoted to food and recipes. Its Prime members will see website buttons on those sites that link to food and kitchen equipment on Amazon’s pages. The industry newsletter Food Drive reports that the arrangement is with top sites owned by Fexy Media, Serious Eats and Simply Recipes. Special sponsored recipes on those sites will feature Amazon Prime “Buy Now” buttons that eligible shoppers can click to add ingredients to their carts. In turn, Prime Now’s site will also…

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Brainstorm Health: Aetna CEO on CVS Deal, Amazon Pharmacy, Halloween Candy

Yesterday’s report by the Wall Street Journal that CVS Health was “in talks” to buy health insurer Aetna sent ripples through much of the healthcare realm. The combination of CVS Health, the seventh-biggest company in the U.S. by revenue, with Aetna (No. 43 on the Fortune 500) would, if it were to go through, create a corporate behemoth with $240 billion in annual revenue across a wide swath of the healthcare continuum, from retail pharmacy and benefit management to insurance. As a rule, any creation of a new behemoth generates buzz. But this time, there has been equally…

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Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and More

The sale season continues with the new Amazon sale that started Monday and continues till tomorrow. The three-day Amazon Smartphone Sale offers deals and discounts on OnePlus 3T, Moto G5 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, and many others. The new Amazon sale will end tomorrow, so if you are in the market for a new smartphone, then you should probably check out the deals here. But it’s not just smartphones that are on discount, as the new Amazon sale provides deals on laptops, televisions, earphones, power…

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How Amazon is knitting together a tale of fashion domination in India

Amazon is going all out to woo brands and customers alike to its fashion category, a strategy that already seems to be working well for the e-commerce site. Amazon has one goal in India – absolute e-tail domination. To achieve that it needs to first win the fashion category. The powers that be in the global e-commerce major know this well and have been working hard to make Amazon very fashionable indeed. Why is that, you ask? It is because of an illuminating statistic – one out of almost three new…

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