Summer of Amazon

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
7/11/2017
Google, New Media

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This summer Amazon has been on the move. Buying Whole Foods. Today was Amazong Prime day. Amazon is a category killer and seems to be killing more than one category.

How do you use Amazon? Who do you think wins the battle for home systems like Alexa, Siri or Google? Are you Prime?

Comments & Feedback

Student

I use Amazon for anything that I need for school or even leisure purposes. I think the trend of Amazon buying these companies and investing a lot into specific categories is a necessary evil.  I think the grocery game may evolve into something greater because of the power and influence Amazon has. My assumption is that they will push companies like Walmart to rethink their strategies, which will ultimately be a benefit to consumers like us. 

Leisure wise, I use Amazon prime video quite a bit due to their selection of movie and TV shows versus a streaming service like Netflix. Being able to diversify and start producing their own movies is a good push for more competition on Netflix, which like the Whole foods thing, will only benefit our viewing experience for the future. 

While home AI units are becoming more and more relevant in our daily lives, I think Amazon is taking the lead solely based on sales. The Alexa units are cheap and fairly easy to use and fairly helpful. I do think in the future, companies like Google and Apple or even Microsoft will take over the AI game and really push Amazon out of the picture. Those three companies are most likely engineering a stronger and easier AI system and want everyday people to get involved with them. I personally believe they are going to be fully integrated into our futures so now is a good time to get involved. 

Student

Amazon prime is definitely the MUST HAVE for me. I almost buy everything on Amazon especially for shampoo, books, and office supplies. Nothing is better than 2-days shipment, but I still wish there are more retailers founded by Amazon, like Whole Foods. Integration of online and offline business is the most efficient way for this giant entrepreneur.  

I believe Siri would win this battle of the intelligent home system because Apple shares the best ecosystem with other devices. Even though Siri is not SMART as expected now, it is just about time.  

Student

I use Amazon way too often. Their deals are way too good to pass up, especially being a prime member. I purchase a lot of shoes, books, and phone accessories from the website, but sometimes I find myself just browsing through miscellaneous things because they literally have everything one could possibly imagine. Amazon is usually my first stop when it comes to needing and/or wanting something but not knowing what brand to get.

 I have heard of a lot of people having Alexa in their homes, but I haven’t heard too many talk about Google or Siri. My sister has the Alexa home system in her home and I know that they really enjoy having it. I have always used Siri but I still haven’t heard of many people having it in their homes.

Student

I have been a Prime member for 3 years now and I purchase most household supplies and textbooks on Amazon. The membership is not cheap but I like saving myself the hassle of carrying heavy supplies and books from the actual stores. I also like Alexa more than Siri and Google. I think it is more intelligent than Siri and Google.

Student

I browse on Amazon any chance I get, honestly. It's a great place to go if I'm looking for something, but I'm not sure what specifically I want to buy as well as finding the exact thing I need. I purchase things like my swiffer refills, vaccum and vaccum filters, cat food, phone chargers, books, and anything I need that would require an extra trip to the store. (Think: I went grocery shopping already this week, but managed to run out of cat food earlier than expected). I'm a prime member, and when I'm visiting family I can get same day delievery a lot of the time. 

I personally haven't seen Google or Alexa in at home settings, but Siri is my go to for almost anything. 

Derek Mehraban's picture
Instructor
7/11/2017
Google, New Media