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Amazon has launched a set of smart shelves, ‘The Smart Shelf’, to help businesses order supplies based on weight. Akin to weighing scales with built-in wifi and batteries or plug, the black slab is put underneath items and then works silently in the background while stock is used. Smart (but dumb). Ordering can either be automated or sent to a human for purchase approval:

Available in three sizes (7″x7″, 12″x10″ and 18″x13″), the Dash Smart Shelf is just 1″ tall and can basically be placed under a pile of whatever stock of supplies you commonly run through while operating a business. That could mean printer paper, coffee cups, pens, paper clips, toilet paper, coffee or just about anything, really — and Amazon’s replenishment system can either be set to automatically place an order when it detects that on-hand supply has fallen below a certain weight, or you can just have it send someone in your organization a notification if you’d rather not have the order happen automatically.


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Amazon Black Friday Deals are huge this year indicating the company is pushing for a bumper Q4 Earnings call next year. Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly has snagged +2million views on his updated list of +40 electronic goodies alone:

The Fire TV Stick with 4K is the deal to buy here. It’s far superior to the standard stick and has much of the Fire TV Cube’s capabilities for a much lower price. 

Amazon is going after Spotify again with a new push to get more non-Prime users into the ecosystem with free ad-supported music. Music has proved a smart move for Amazon due to its synergy with Alexa devices, this move just shows how much further Amazon believes music can push people into the ecosystem.

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Amazon Music customers without a Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited (AMU) can now listen to an ad-supported selection of playlists – and thousands of radio-esque ‘stations’ – for free via the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, and FireTV, or via their browser.
Access for non-Prime/AMU customers to the ad-supported, cost-free tier of Amazon’s music offering has previously been limited to Amazon Echo devices.
Now, non-Echo owners in the US, UK, and Germany can access playlists and ‘stations’ based on any song, artist, era, and genre.

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