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Old 29-Apr-2015, 17:07   #1
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Amazon free delivery limit 10 -> 20 tonight @6pm

Got stuff in your Amazon basket? Buy it now, the free delivery threshold is being raised tonight at 6pm from 10 to 20.

Is it time for a serious competitor to Amazon?
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Old 29-Apr-2015, 17:12   #2
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Yeah I can't imagine why people aren't queuing up to spend billions of quid launching a loss making global distribution and fulfillment operation with an IT back end so vast that it's capable of self-funding by selling compute to third parties.
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Old 30-Apr-2015, 14:09   #3
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AWS is completely separate from their shopping side of things. It wasn't setup to sell existing spare capacity.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_...rvices#History

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Not according to the man himself (Werner Vogels) when he was asked at an AWS Summit we went to.

They took the learning and principles from their shopping stuff to setup AWS but it wasn't for selling off spare capacity; they just realised they had developed something that would make an awesome new service.
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I never said it was designed to.
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I misunderstood then; I thought you were indicating they sold compute from their existing fulfillment system.
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No, just as per the wiki article really, that the convergence of requirements from the retail operation back into the design of nascent AWS left their design with the potential to commoditise compute. It was of course VC attracted to the retail proposition that initially funded the whole shebang either way.
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