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Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK?

27 Nov

What do YOU think of this: A Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK? Amazon believes many of its customers will love this practice. And that they will pay for it. But, critics say most people won’t want a stranger in their home if they are away.

We know most shoppers want convenience and speed in having products delivered. See Next-Day Delivery and Same-Day Delivery.   What’s Ahead for the Subscription Box Service?   Uber Eat(s) Setting Itself Up for Defeat?

People feel OK if home for deliveries and with packages left at their door. But, will they leave a key for a deliverer to enter their home?

 

Amazon Key: A New Form of Delivery

Powerhouse Amazon believes its new in-home delivery will be a big hit:

“Amazon Key is an exclusive service for Prime members. It radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. And it allows in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and others. Find out at https://www.amazon.com/key.”

Check out the video overview of Amazon Key.

And Amazon sees a bright future for this service. Look at the pricing strategy:

“Amazon Key works for for Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas. To get started, purchase the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, starting at $249.99. The kit includes Amazon’s indoor cloud camera and a smart lock.”

“As a Prime member, get Amazon packages delivered inside your front door. Plus, grant access to the people you trust. Such as your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner. No leaving a key under the mat.”

Amazon’s confidence springs from the huge number of Prime Members. And that number grows each year. And each quarter.

 Look at the number of Prime households! Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK?

For further information on Amazon Key, click the animated image.

Amazon Key. Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK? To Shoppers?
 

Is a Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK?

To date, it seems most things Amazon touches turn to gold. But, will this be the exception? Would YOU subscribe to Amazon Key?

First, a lot of shoppers may find $249.99 pricey for the in-home kit. Second, Amazon does not yet know if shoppers trust in-home delivery.

In sum, consider these eMarketer observations:

“Amazon, Walmart, and shippers seek ways to get items past customers’ front doors. Their latest strategy —  to drop packages inside homes. Or, for groceries, inside fridges. But consumers haven’t bought into the concept. Yet. In a Recode survey, 5% of Prime users say they will definitely buy it. Yet, 58% definitely won’t.”

“The percent who’d buy was similar whether or not a person used Prime.”

Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK? To Shoppers? Survey Says NO!

 

iPhone 7 2017 Prices Around the Globe

31 May

To paraphrase our 2016 iPhone pricing post:  Do you — or someone you know — own an iPhone 7? If yes, what price did you pay? We know that in the USA, service providers are not providing heavily discounted smartphones the way they used to with the formerly standard two-year contract. Nonetheless, smartphone prices still vary by provider and by deal.

With the above in mind, how do current average prices of the iPhone 7 vary around the world? As Felix Richter reports for Statista:

“The iPhone is not exactly cheap in the United States, but considering the prices that Apple fans have to pay in other parts of the world, the roughly $815 (depending on local sales taxes) that Americans have to shell out for an iPhone 7 (128 GB) seem like a regular bargain. According to the latest issue of Deutsche Bank’s ‘Mapping the World’s Prices’ report [PDF], the iPhone 7 costs $1,200 in Turkey, making it the most expensive place for Apple fans. Taking into account that Turkey’s GDP per capita ($9,317 according to the IMF) is less than one-sixth of that of the United States ($57,294) highlights how much of a luxury item Apple’s flagship phone really is for Turkish consumers.”

“While Apple has always been a producer of high-end devices, the iPhone’s price has recently become more of a problem with respect to the company’s overseas success. With dozens of Android devices available at a fraction of the iPhone’s price, even the appeal of the Apple brand may no longer be enough to win over emerging market customers.”

 


You will find more statistics at Statista.
 

Are YOU Buying the Right for Gas for Your Vehicle?

10 Oct

What factors do you consider when buying gas for your vehicle? Octane rating, emissions, brand name, price? Do you believe that there are differences in gasoline? The correct answer is yes, but not necessarily in the way that you think.

There are actually two points that should be important to you, even if you have been using the cheapest gas you can find:

  1. According to new AAA research, “American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel. With 16.5 million U.S. drivers having used premium fuel despite the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation in the last 12 months, AAA conducted a comprehensive fuel evaluation to determine what, if any, benefit the practice offers to consumers. After using industry-standard test protocols designed to evaluate vehicle performance, fuel economy, and emissions, AAA found no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that only requires regular-grade fuel.” [Note from Evans on Marketing: There is no need to use premium gas if it is “recommended” by the manufacturer, only if the owner’s manual says premium is “required.”]
  2. A second study by the AAA  uncovered significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold at fuel retailers in the United States. The independent laboratory testing compared gasolines that meet TOP TIER™ standards often marketed to consumers as having enhanced, engine-cleaning detergent additives with gasoline brands that do not participate in the automaker-backed program. Among brands tested, non-TOP TIER gasolines caused 19 times more engine deposits than TOP TIER brands after just 4,000 miles of simulated driving. Such carbon deposits are known to reduce fuel economy, increase emissions, and negatively impact vehicle performance, particularly on newer vehicles. To protect vehicle investments, AAA urges drivers to use a gasoline that meets TOP TIER standards for engine cleanliness and performance.” [Note from Evans on Marketing: The use of TOP TIER gasoline is supported by the nonprofit Consumer Reports!]

 
Click the image to see if you are buying your gas at a TOP TIER brand retailer.
 

 

What Is the Price of an iPhone 6s Around the World?

26 May

Do you — or someone you know — own an iPhone 6s? If yes, what was the price? We know that in the USA, service providers are not providing heavily discounted smartphones the way they used to with the formerly standard two-year contract. Nonetheless, smartphone prices still vary by provider and by deal.

With the above in mind, how do average prices of the iPhone 6s vary around the world? As Felix Richter reports for Statista:

“The iPhone is not exactly cheap in the United States, but considering the prices that Apple fans have to pay in other parts of the world, the roughly $700 (depending on the state’s sales tax) that Americans have to shell out for an iPhone 6s seem like a regular bargain  — according to the latest issue of Deutsche Bank’s ‘Mapping the World’s Prices’ report.”

“While Apple has always been a producer of high-end devices, the iPhone’s price has recently become more of a problem with respect to the company’s overseas success. With dozens of Android devices available at a fraction of the iPhone’s price, even the appeal of the Apple brand may no longer be enough to win over emerging market customers. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently admitted that prices in markets such as India were high and that the company would be working on solutions to bring the price down to a certain degree.”

 


You will find more statistics at Statista.
 

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