Walmart Plus drops $35 free shipping minimum to better compete with Amazon Prime

Walmart is removing the $35 free shipping minimum on its annual subscription service, Walmart Plus, the company announced on Wednesday. The new policy will take effect on Friday, December 4th, and it means all Walmart Plus members will receive free next-day and two-day shipping on items ordered from Walmart’s website, regardless of the size of their order.

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The change is a clear attempt to better compete with Amazon Prime, the subscription service on which Walmart Plus is based. One of the biggest benefits of Prime since its introduction more than 15 years ago has been free (and often two-day and now one-day) shipping on all eligible orders.


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Amazon and Walmart are competing to offer the most convenient delivery service

That made Walmart’s $35 order minimum for its Prime competitor a significant setback for the big-box retailer when it launched its

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PYA Announces the Ballard Innovation Award Competition, Seeking Emerging Entrepreneurs to Compete for $50,000 Investment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PYA, one of the largest certified public accounting and professional services firms in East Tennessee, is pleased to announce the Annual Ballard Innovation Award Competition in honor of Chief Alliance Officer Tom Ballard.  

The Ballard Innovation Award Competition is open to any early-stage company in the East Tennessee area that has established a “proof of concept” with accompanying revenue. Applicants must be able to present a business plan to optimize existing business operations by reducing costs, increasing revenues, and/or gaining new efficiencies, while demonstrating clear innovations to improve the business and empower the consumer.

The award is named in honor of Tom Ballard, PYA’s Chief Alliance Officer and well-respected member of the East Tennessee entrepreneurial community. Ballard spent more than four decades building relationships for the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory throughout the region, state, and

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‘Saved By The Bell’ And ‘The Flight Attendant’ Compete For Thanksgiving Streams

One is a revival of a classic 1990s sitcom. And the other stars one of the leading actors from the biggest sitcom in recent history. Saved by the Bell (Peacock) and The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) have both landed on streaming in time for Thanksgiving, but which one is America watching?

The long-awaited reboot of Saved by the Bell is one of the calling cards of NBC Universal’s
new Peacock streaming service and premiered its entire first season on Wednesday. WarnerMedia’s HBO Max launched the first three episodes of Flight Attendant Thursday after a weeklong preview window of the first episode for non-subscribers.

Both Peacock and Max are betting big on these buzzy new shows helping the fledgling streamers break big in Year 1, relying on familiar intellectual property and familiar names to draw in subscribers to compete with Disney+ and Netflix

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New Amazon online pharmacy service will compete against CVS and Rite Aid

Though long expected, the announcement rattled the drugstore industry, sinking the shares of all of Amazon’s news rivals. Shares in both CVS and Walgreens Boots Alliance slid about 9 percent in midday trading. Rite Aid’s stock fell more than 15 percent. (Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

Prescription drug sales will approach $360 billion this year, according to a forecast from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Amazon Pharmacy hopes to take advantage of the burgeoning interest in shopping from home.

“As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store,” senior vice president Doug Herrington said in a statement announcing the move.

Amazon Pharmacy is available, for now, to customers in every state except Hawaii, Illinois,

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Can BMW’s IX Electric SUV Compete With Tesla?

There has been a flurry of news from BMW this week. Top of the list was the announcement of the new all-electric iX SUV. Promising a WLTP range of around 375 miles (so at least 350 miles EPA), and 0-62mph under 5 seconds, this looks like a viable competitor to the Tesla Model X at long last. We won’t be seeing it until the end of 2021, but this could be a real fight back from BMW against the Californian challenge. Or could it?

Certainly, the specification appears spot on. The electric motors, which are shown to be front and back in the internal schematic, will provide over 500hp. The battery will have more than 100kWh capacity, which is about right to deliver the expected

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Amazon Charged With EU Antitrust Violation For Allegedly Using Sellers’ Data To Compete Against Them


The European Union has charged Amazon with violating antitrust law in the region, accusing the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party sellers on the platform to compete against them, bringing into focus Amazon’s contentious dual role both as a retailer and as a marketplace for other vendors.

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The charges have been issued by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body which has been looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers since 2018.

The Commission has alleged that Amazon “systematically uses non-public business data” to “avoid the normal risks of competition and leverage dominance for e-commerce in France and Germany,” Amazon’s two biggest European markets the Commission said.

The EU body has also

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Large-area flexible organic photodiodes can compete with silicon devices — ScienceDaily

The performance of flexible large-area organic photodiodes has advanced to the point that they can now offer advantages over conventional silicon photodiode technology, particularly for applications such as biomedical imaging and biometric monitoring that require detecting low levels of light across large areas.

The low-noise, solution-processed, flexible organic devices offer the ability to use arbitrarily shaped, large-area photodiodes to replace complex arrays that would be required with conventional silicon photodiodes, which can be expensive to scale up for large-area applications. The organic devices provide performance comparable to that of rigid silicon photodiodes in the visible light spectrum — except in response time.

“What we have achieved is the first demonstration that these devices, produced from solution at low temperatures, can detect as little as a few hundred thousand photons of visible light every second, similar to the magnitude of light reaching our eye from a single star in a dark

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MSL CEO on how public relations will compete against marketing firms

  • Publicis-owned MSL is pitching its technology as the reason it can compete with marketing and advertising agencies, which have historically provided better proof of performance.
  • The agency has acquired tools and services to prove its work had impact, monitor news and social media more efficiently, and retarget content.
  • MSL said it’s performing this kind of work for big-name clients like Invisalign, P&G, and Cadillac.
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The public relations agency has struggled to keep up with marketing and advertising firms, with sophisticated tech to show ads led people to take actions like buy a product. But top public relations agency MSL thinks it can beat them at their own game.

Since joining the Publicis-owned agency two years ago, CEO Diana Littman made some key hires like chief innovation officer Bryan Pedersen and increased its tech budget.

MSL cut its roster of software vendors and is

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Warren gets $1.4 million to help local cloud infrastructure providers compete against Amazon and other giants

Started as a side project by its founders, Warren is now helping regional cloud infrastructure service providers compete against Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google and other tech giants. Based in Tallinn, Estonia, Warren’s self-service distributed cloud platform is gaining traction in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing cloud service markets, and Europe. It recently closed a $1.4 million seed round led by Passion Capital, with plans to expand in South America, where it recently launched in Brazil.

Warren’s seed funding also included participation from Lemonade Stand and angel investors like former Nokia vice president Paul Melin and Marek Kiisa, co-founder of funds Superangel and NordicNinja.

The leading global cloud providers are aggressively expanding their international businesses by growing their marketing teams and data centers around the world (for example, over the past few months, Microsoft has launched a new data center region in Austria, expanded in Brazil and announced it

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