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Amazon deals etc

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Brian, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

  2. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

  3. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats


    we use it alot, it isnt bad. but occasionally cheaper than that at our local co-op. We mainly use chopped.
     
  4. mrlamonta

    mrlamonta pfm Member

    Good spot, thank you.
     
  5. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

  6. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    Hang on guys, do you honestly order such dirt cheap items on Amazon, even when you can get them at your local shop ? I must be missing something.

    Not particularly green myself, but following Covid, not many people seem to be interested in the climate situation any longer.
     
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  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    yes

    yes, the shop is full of virus laden non mask wearing junkies
     
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m curious why you think the Amazon model is less green than local shops? I’m prepared to bet that when viewed from a full logistics perspective it is the exact reverse as it is a heck of a lot more economical than shipping product to multiple distributors and then to local shops, and then, worst of all, you getting in your car to go shopping. Amazon is effectively a distribution hub that delivers direct to the customer cutting out all middle-men. Each delivery guy will be making a hundred or more deliveries from one van rather than a hundred or more individuals parking their own cars in town etc. It is the equivalent of car-sharing on a simply massive scale. Basically the reason Amazon is so price competitive and quick is it cuts so many stages out of the whole product manufacturer to end-user logistics cycle. Each item will have moved far less miles on average.

    PS Try preordering this from your local grocer!
     
  9. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    We have the same taste saxophone-wise :) I see your point about the Amazon model, and it's certainly more economical to order online than driving two hours to Geneva where I could hypothetically find this Dexter Gordon record. Or not.

    But for all people who like cooking (including me), it is no option to order salads and vegetables from Amazon, provided they sell such things, so they go to the local grocer anyway. Once there, they will also buy 10 other items like pasta etc. and then they drive home once. I own up to have also ordered a few items on Aliexpress for convenience, and when I order three things I get three parcels on three different days. Now if Amazon does the same thing, which I imagine they do, I doubt their carbon footprint to be in their favour.
    But we could go on for hours on this topic.
     
  10. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Salad, Veg and in particular fresh herbs are excellent from Amazon Fresh round here.

    Last Sunday at 9am we realised we were missing some fresh herbs for something we were cooking.

    Popped on to Amazon fresh, ordered, got a free two hour delivery slot for 10am to 12noon. Eventually delivered at 11:15am. Couldn't ask for better
     
  11. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    Impressive, @gintonic. And if the delivery guy drives past your door anyway, it’s all ok to stop over for a pack of chives.

    We live in the countryside and we have taken the habit to plan in advance what we are cooking. I must say that Amazon is very poorly established in Swizzieland, and the existing suppliers of food online are all abysmal in every way, and many here still go to shops.
     
  12. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    there is a minimum order amount, but we can usually think of enough to buy to fulfill that. Being a Prime subscriber helps get better slots
     
  13. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  14. muchtoofast

    muchtoofast pfm Member

    Yeah, but open to explot. In house information on the algorithm being used, which according to amazon isn't face recognition could be utilised in 'slight of hand' clothing/ human frame size/ stature/ walk replacement shoppers. Not sure I trust that one until they have a fraud unit with expertise in dealing with it.
     
  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats


    eh?
     
  16. muchtoofast

    muchtoofast pfm Member

    The software they use to recognise customers and what they put in their bags, with the benefit of inside knowledge... i.e. How your shopping is billed to you after you have presented your QR code at the door... is open to exploit.
     
  17. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats


    indeed it is - but traditional shops are open to shop lifting.

    We have a chemist shop on site bristling with similar tech. The pharmacy part is used by pharmacy students for simulation, the retail bit is used by our AI PhD students working on similar solutions for retail companies
     
  18. muchtoofast

    muchtoofast pfm Member

    No doubt, it's fascinating tech
     
  19. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    interestingly amazon seems to be building an utterly massive distribution site just up the road from me . the site has lain derelict for years , used to make batteries there
     
  20. MartinC

    MartinC pfm Member

    This one just gone in near us too. That's in addition to a new 3.4M Sq Ft building going up for them 10 mils away...

    [​IMG]
     

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