Amazon Redshift launches cheap terabytes

Continuing to round out their web services, Amazon launches Redshift. In their words: Amazon Redshift is a fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud… With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can launch a Redshift cluster… for under $1,000 per terabyte per year. Amazon Redshift manages all…
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Amazon’s use of data in customer support

Amazon more or less owns my CPG consumption: Prime was the hook, Subscribe & Save the line, and customer support the sinker. Stories of customer satisfaction are not hard to find and my experience yesterday with their refund process is classic Amazon: Behind this alert is Amazon’s data-driven culture. First, I was returning a low-priced product (for the…
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The art and science of e-commerce pricing at scale

As a loyal Prime customer, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to answer a Quora question about Amazon’s pricing systems. With only a couple minutes of searching LinkedIn and Amazon’s career site, it was easy to see that their approach to pricing—no surprise here—combines human and algorithmic elements. When the goal is market share growth…
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