| Jan 7, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Amazon and L.L. Bean tied for best in customer satisfaction during the holiday season, while Priceline.com came in last, an index released Tuesday showed.
The ForeSee Experience Index (FXI): 2013 U.S. Retail Edition measured overall and channel-specific...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 8:00 AM
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills.
Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 11:32 AM
SACRAMENTO — In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a bill that would block the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to individuals...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Amazon.com -- which has disrupted book publishing and retailing, among other industries -- now may be looking to rattle the cages of the pay-TV biz.
The e-commerce colossus has approached entertainment companies about licensing TV channels for a...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 9:29 AM
From farmers markets to supermarkets, local-minded consumers are buying Florida-made produce, beers, even soap.
Now Florida authors and booksellers are hoping to build on their own roots with a locally grown approach to literary marketing. Thanks to...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Orland Park trustees are considering banning the sale of pets raised by commercial breeders, which critics call "puppy mills," in village pet stores.
Mayor Dan McLaughlin asked Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, to look into...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Quitters wanted: Unhappy with your job? Feeling unproductive? Take $5,000 and go.
At least, that's what Amazon.com Inc. is offering its warehouse employees.
In a letter to shareholders this week, Chief Executive Jeffrey Bezos outlined the details of a...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.
Online services crave good recommendation...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:23 AM
GLASTONBURY — The same fevered imagination brought the world a blue gingham inflatable ice-holding tray for outdoor picnics, obnoxious magnetic bumper stickers and an oversized ceramic mug shaped like a toilet.
"Our toilet mug, I think, it defines...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Amazon.com launched an Internet video-streaming and gaming device - the $99 Fire TV - as the e-retailing giant looks to grab a spot in the living room to promote its own content services and get an edge on rivals including Apple and Netflix.
| Apr 2, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Amazon poured millions of dollars into creating the Fire TV device -- but it's not clear when, or even if, the company will see a return on that investment.
Amazon undoubtedly will sell a healthy number of the boxes, much as it has successfully pushed...